Why I’m Raising Money for Science Education for Children in Underserved Areas

Graphic by Julia Davis

By Julia Davis

Student Artists for Science Education is an organization devoted to bringing together the arts and sciences in order to create more science opportunities for children in underserved schools. I founded Student Artists for Science Education because I am very passionate about science, and I can envision a world where all students, regardless of their economic situation, have access to the science equipment and opportunities that my fellow students and I enjoy at North. Because our town is more affluent than some in surrounding areas, we have more resources at our disposal. I began to wonder, what if these opportunities were also given to students who are growing up in towns that aren’t as wealthy? I imagine and hope that access to more resources, especially in the sciences, would increase such students’ likelihood of getting engaged with the sciences, and possibly translate into them pursuing a career in science.

I recognize that this goal is ambitious and that it won’t be without challenges. However, starting small, by serving one school, I know that we can make a difference together. To this end, this organization focuses on serving the high school students in the Excel Academy Charter Schools. The students there have wanted to start a robotics team for many years, but unfortunately they have lacked the funds to do so. Our first event, held on May 17th, will raise money to create their much-wished for robotics team at Excel. One school at a time, one mission, one community.

Friday, May 17th at 7pm marks the kick-off event to raise funds for science equipment for the Excel Academy Charter School. The event will take place at Newton North High School’s Little Theater. We proudly feature the talents of many student volunteers: amazing musicians from Newton North and Newton South, dancers from The Boston Ballet School and All That Jazz Dance Studio, a world-class violinist, as well as a beautiful auction of student art (donated by North artists). Every dollar given will be donated to start a robotics team at Excel Academy Charter Schools.

If you’re looking for a way to meaningfully contribute to bettering the lives of students in a nearby community, all while enjoying a phenomenal night of student artists, please consider coming to the show on May 17th, or donating for a “there with you in spirit” chair. The link for advance tickets and donations is https://studentartistsforscience.org or you may purchase your ticket at the door, space permitting. Thank you for your generosity and hope to see you at the show.

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