In 1999 educational experts in the fields of writing, drama, music and art developed
literacy based curricula for grades k through 2 and 3 through 5 that were implemented
four afternoons a week in four Coachella Valley elementary schools. Now in nine schools,
Tools For Tomorrow continues to provide this free, on-site, after school program
in Title I schools in the Palm Springs, Desert Sands,
and Coachella Unified School Districts.
Tools For Tomorrow is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, governed by a Board of
Directors and financially supported by Friends of Tools For Tomorrow, a fund-raising
auxiliary; grants; personal and community donations; and in-kind services.
How do we operate?
We employ qualified paid instructors using a professionally designed
Where are classes held?
Classes are held on-site at individual schools, after regular school
What is the cost to each child?
Classes are free! All supplies, musical equipment and snacks are provided by Tools For Tomorrow.
What are the program costs?
$10,000 supports the full program in a school for one school year.
Which schools have the program?
Desert Hot Springs:
Bubbling Wells Elementary
Two Bunch Palms Elementary
Julius Corsini Elementary
Martin Van Buren School
Harry S Truman School
Abraham Lincoln School
Ronald Reagan School
Vista Del Monte Elementary School
A major difference between Tools For Tomorrow and other arts programs is its literacy
component. A creative writing curriculum is integrated into all the disciplines:
- Students write and share their poetry, prose, music
and book reviews, commercials, radio scripts and plays
- Students perform scenes and short plays that they have written
- Students develop an appreciation for the elements of music
- Student produced art is included in a published anthology
The Tools For Tomorrow curriculum integrates the arts in an arts literacy program that promotes academic success in the regular classroom.
Tools For Tomorrow provides at no cost:
- Qualified, paid professionals instruct
children grades three through five in an integrated arts literacy program
- An integrated approach to creative
writing, art, music and drama
- Musical equipment, supplies, art materials and snacks
- Provides a means for meeting the unmet needs of children
Tools For Tomorrow instructors document each child's progress in the following areas:
- specific skills in art, music, drama and writing
- responsibility, evidenced by regular attendance, active participation and dealing
well with peers
- school administrators and classroom teachers have an opportunity to evaluate the
program and its effect on individual students
- participating students evaluate the program and their own progress
- parents of TFT students also have an opportunity to evaluate the program.
At the end of each school year Tools For Tomorrow mounts an exhibition of the students
art, and produces an anthology of the children's poetry, prose and art so they can
see themselves in print. (The anthology is available to the public.) The children
may also present musical programs and plays they have written.