Clubs at Schools and Universities

Start a Peace through Music Club at Your School

Want to change the world?  Form a club benefiting the Shropshire Music Foundation.  Here are 10 suggested steps on how to do so.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. –Margaret Mead

Step One: Identify a club leader.  This person should be responsible, committed, and above all, passionate about improving the lives of young people affected by war and intolerance.

Step two: Learn the rules of starting a club at your school.  You’ll need a place to meet and also may need to find a teacher at your school to act as an advisor.   Some schools also require new clubs to write a constitution (your goals and purpose).

Step three: Once your club is officially formed, let us know!  We would love to provide assistance in any way we can.  Just send us an email at info@shropshirefoundation.org

Step four: Decide on a time your club will meet, for example, every Thursday during lunch.  Next, decide on a date for your first meeting.  Be sensitive to other club meetings and student events.

Step five: Get some fabulous club members who are also passionate about making a difference in the world.  Make fliers and posters, advertise in the school bulletin or calendar, write a newspaper article about the problems going on in Uganda, Kosovo or Northern Ireland and invite others to help make a difference through your club. Your school may have additional opportunities for spreading the word—like a club fair.   

Step six: Have your first club meeting.  We recommend showing The Teaching Children Peace Promo Video.  Also be prepared to answer typical questions about what the Shropshire Music Foundation is, what countries it works in, and what the children in these countries are facing.

Step Seven: Decide what goals you’d like to accomplish (for example: “Let’s raise $1,000 by the end of the school year “).  Then, brainstorm ways you can help accomplish your goals.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Become Participants in the Practice for Peace Program: This program works kind of like a walk-a-thon, except instead of running miles, participants practice music.  Students get sponsors (friends, family, neighbors) to pledge money (like pennies, nickels, dimes) for each minute they practice during a selected month.  Practicing isn’t restricted to music, participants can also practice sports, dance, cheerleading, etc. instead.  Get more information and download a Practice for Peace Kit here.
  • Hold a Benefit Concert: Get together one or more of your favorite local bands, choirs or musicians for a fantastic concert for a good cause.  Find a venue, advertise like crazy, and then ask for donations or charge admission.  Don’t forget to show the Teaching Children Peace Promo Video during the show.
  • Pennies for Pennywhistles: Organize a fundraiser collecting people’s pennies and pocket change to go towards buying pennywhistles for the children in our programs.
  • Hold a Music, Poetry, or Art Contest Using the Theme Peace: This is a great way to spread awareness about how expression through art and music can perpetuate tolerance and peace—which is what the Foundation is all about.
  • Hold a Bake Sale Fundraiser: Get your club members together to have a bake sale after school.  Your Rice Krispy treats can change the world!
  • Organize a Rummage Sale Fundraiser: Ask for donations of clothing, furniture, toys, and “stuff” from your fellow students or community members.  Then find a proper venue, advertise, and sell everything you can.  Items can also be sold on eBay if you can’t collect enough for a full-fledged rummage sale.
  • Have Liz Shropshire, the Foundation’s Director, Speak to Your School: It may be possible to have Liz Shropshire visit your school for an assembly presentation.  Find out the proper channels to present the idea to school administration, and then ask The Shropshire Music Foundation for help with submitting a information about the presentation and possible dates.
  • Get more ideas by downloading one of these documents:  Ways For College Students to Raise Money For SMF Ways for High School Students to Raise Money for SMF

Step Nine: Tell us about what you’re up to and send us pictures!  We’ll try to feature your club on our website. Email us at info@shropshirefoundation.org

Step Ten: Have fun!  And remember that all your hard work is going to a noble cause that will help improve the lives of war-traumatized children through music.