Drama Classes for NYC's Underserved Children

For: Children Ages 2-6 in NYC
New York, NY
Organizer: Elisa Pupko
Drama Classes for NYC's Underserved Children (Children Ages 2-6 in NYC)
of $2,400 goal
95% Complete
Raised by 17 donors

The Story

Exploring drama through imagination should be a cornerstone of childhood for everyone.

Through the theatrical arts, children learn to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to express themselves and be connected with the world around them. However, far too many students don’t get the opportunity to explore this side of themselves due to a lack of opportunity.

It is this belief that drove the development of the Treasure Trunk Theatre Outreach Program. Through this special program, funded entirely from the generous support of our parents, we are taking Treasure Trunk Theatre classes to communities in need.

We are currently raising funds to bring our classes to the students of Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center's pre-k program once a week and the students at Pre-Pave School in Red Hook twice per month.

In 2015, generous support from donors for our Community Outreach Program enabled us to provide programing to children at Pre-Pave Academy in Red Hook and at Children's Law Center whose families are facing difficult situations in Brooklyn Family Court. Watching the children's faces light up with excitement and imagination was simply incredible. I will never forget a young boy calling out as we left the first week, saying simply, "thanks for bringing the Treasure Trunk!" 

So for 2016, I hope to up our game! With a goal of $2,400, Treasure Trunk Theatre can not only continue at both Pre-Pave Academy and Children's Law Center, but expand our services to an exciting new partnership at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.  This new site is a NYC Early Learn Center that serves the Amsterdam Houses located on the far West Side of Manhattan. While the children come from predominately low-income households, I was blown away by not only the incredible passion of each teacher at the center, but by their complete dedication to serving the community.  

As with all our classes, these young children will help expand their creative energies while learning valuable skills in communication, teamwork, and confidence. 

All donations will be used solely for supporting this outreach and to cover the cost to pay our teaching artists and materials.

Truly, any donation amount is greatly appreciated. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm truly humbled by your continued support as we, together, use theatre and imagination to help make a difference in the lives of these children and serve the communities most at need.

“No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” — Emma Goldman

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 15, 2015

Posted on December 15, 2015

Learn about Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center...

Mabel Barrett Fitzgerald Daycare at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center is a NYC Early Learn Center with a UPK Curriculum, serving the Amsterdam Houses located on the West Side of Manhattan. More than 90% of the population served is Hispanic or African-American. The annual income of these families is $27,000 for a family of four. Our staff nurtures the socio-emotional, cognitive and physical needs of every child in preparation for their transition into kindergarten. Children become members of the LSNC family committed to helping every child develop their full potential.

Treasure Trunk will be visiting each classroom (young 2's, older 2's, 3's, and 4's) once per month and teaching the children our Imagination Adventure class. 

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