Connections with the Students We Serve

At Music Doing Good, the children we serve mean the world to us. They truly become part of our family. The connections we make with these children have just as profound of an effect on the staff as they do on the children. From our scholarship recipients to our instrument recipients and those that participate in our after-school program, we hear from them often.

Ishamael Esparza joined our family in 2013 as a participant in Music Doing Good in Schools and had a lead role in “Mostly Blues.” Since then, Ishmael has served as a “Good Job!” Intern for two summers, the second of which was last summer. He received a stipend from the Coca Cola Foundation and Volunteer Houston to spend the summer with us! Ishmael was a volunteer last week at our final concert of the year, “Generosity.” We hope that Ishmael will always remain part of the Music Doing Good family. We are so very proud of him!

“Hello all,

It’s been a while since you have seen or heard from me, so I would like to give you a little update on somethings that have been going on. Firstly, I would like to say how much I miss you all and being at the office every day. I hope all is well and I would love to hear a little update from you all as well!

Grades: I am very happy to report that I have made Honor Roll with all A’s and one B for the first and second grading cycles, and I will continue to make Honor Roll in the coming grading cycles.

Class President Work: I have planned a number of fundraising events for the class of 2018, but one that I am most proud of is our Annual Homecoming Dance. I can now say that I have successfully planned, decorated, and catered a Greek-themed Homecoming Dance. With every Homecoming comes a Spirit Week. This year I wanted things to go a little different from most by having Chavez’s very first Gender Switch day (a day in which males dressed as females and females dressed as males). This day had very positive vides and was in support of our Transgender community as Trump put a Transgender Troop banded on the Military.

Community Service: During Hurricane Harvey, I partnered with Volunteer Houston (the same non-profit originations that sponsored my MDG internship) to volunteer at the Gorge R. Brown Convention Center. Alone I volunteered over 80 hours.

Theatre: This year was my theatre company’s first time going to the Texas Thespian Festival. Almost 8000 theatre troupes from all over the state of Texas came together to compete in contests, audition for colleges and scholarships, and attend workshops with several theatre professionals. I competed in the Monologue competition and out of hundreds of students I was advanced to the National Thespian Convention this summer in Nebraska to compete at a higher level. I am the only student for Chavez to have made a perfect score and advance to Nationals!

Well guys that pretty much been what has been going on in my world. I hope to hear from you all soon!”

Yours Truly,

Ishmael Esparza