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Chappelow Arts Magnet School has lost funding for its dance program. We must raise $45,000 to fund the program for the 2013-2014 school year.
Sandy Cosner
Greeley, Colorado
United States
5 Team Members

Because of budget cuts, Chappelow's dance program has been eliminated.  Chappelow Dancers at Day of Dance.

We have less than 30 days to raise the money to fund the program for the 2013-2014 school year.

Without your help, dance at Chappelow could be gone forever. 

Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School is the only school in all of Weld County to offer dance as a year-long class. It is this passion for the arts that has helped Chappelow, its students, and staff become one of the highest academically performing schools in Greeley, Colorado.

Chappelow is part of the Weld County District 6 school system, the district has a free and reduced lunch rate of 62%. Many of our families have a hard time making ends meet and can simply not afford private dance classes. For those students, the Chappelow dance program is their only opportunity to dance. The program is offered to all Chappelow middle school students regardless of their physical, mental, or emotional limitations. All students perform together on stage. The inclusive nature of the art form allows students who are secluded during the school day to befriend their peers. Students who have never felt their worth have found value in dance. 

The Dance 2 class at the Spring Dance/Choir concert.

Our dance program is an essential investment into our community’s physical and mental health and wellness. Chappelow does not have any sports extracurriculars for our students. Students who wish to participate in these activities are required to do so through another school in the district. Dance helps our students fulfill their physical activity needs. 

Saving dance at Chappelow is more than saving one class. There are over 100 middle school students that have registered for dance classes at Chappelow in the coming school year, these students will not have access to a form of artistic expression that they crave. The other arts classes will suffer due to a combination of overcrowding and student disinterest. Both Chappelow’s students and its legacy of excellence will be threatened.

The Dance 3 class performing at the Spring Dance/Choir concert.

The arts are always the first thing to be sacrificed during budget cuts. We've seen it time and time again all over the country. We're asking you to stand with us, to stand behind our students and say that ART MATTERS.

What will the money be used for?

$45,000 - (Indiegogo fees) = $41,850

$41,850 - $38,800 (2012-2013 dance teacher salary with a Master's degree in Teaching. See: Column MA, row D) = $3,050.

$3,050 remainder will go towards purchasing music, paying to ship perks and purchasing costumes for students that are unable to afford them. Previously, these things came directly out of the dance teachers own pocket. 

If we do not meet our goal, all funds contributed will still be used to provide dance education to Chappelow students in some capacity.  


Finalized design for the t-shirt. Design by Hyeondo Park. 


The Team:

The team behind this campaign has previous experience with local fundraising for Chappelow and order fulfillment on a smaller scale. 

Sandy Cosner is the principal of Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School.

Kris Pierce teaches elementary music as well as elementary and middle level choir at Chappelow. She also is one of the directors of the Greeley Children's Chorale.http://greeleychildrenschorale.com/

Andrea Leggett has been dancing for 25 years and teaching for 12 of those years. She is the dance teacher at Chappelow. She has a tumblr at http://savedance.tumblr.com

Chris Matier is the Language Arts teacher for grades 7 and 8 and the parent of two Chappelow students.

Megan Wommack is parent of two Chappelow students, as well as the proprietor of The Merry Ghost on etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMerryGhost/about/

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This campaign ended on July 23, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Supporter Listing!

    You will be listed as supporter on a special section of Chappelow's website.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    Digital Download!

    All previous rewards, plus a DRM-free digital download of the year end dance concert.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Hand-written thank you!

    All previous rewards PLUS a hand-written "Thank You" from one of the students.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD

    All previous rewards PLUS a limited edition "I Support Dance" t-shirt designed by professional artist Hyeondo Park. See bottom of page for t-shirt mock-up.

    7 out of 400 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    Original art!

    All previous rewards PLUS an original piece of art or writing created by one of the students. (It could be a haiku or hand-woven bracelet or a painting -- Seriously, we have no idea what they'll come up with.)

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    Season Tickets!

    All previous rewards PLUS Season tickets/ reserved seating for two at ALL Chappelow concerts.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Exclusive Performance!

    All previous rewards PLUS Chappelow dancers will perform at your event (within a 60 mile radius).

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $5,000USD
    A Special Dedication.

    All of the previous rewards. We will dedicate the Spring Dance Concert to you (or the person, family, lost love, pet of your choice) with a fancy ceremony.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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