Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Help Us Make the World A Better Place by Trading Up!


We are ready and anxious to trade up with you and raise money to help rid our world of poverty! Mrs. Cochrane's seventh grade class at David Lipscomb in Nashville has studied the standard of living in poverty-stricken countries around the world and we are ready to tackle the problem. Last year, the seventh graders started this project with a mere sixty-four cents and purchased rubber bands to make a rubber band ball. The goal was to trade over and over for something of greater value. In the end, we will sell or auction our final item and donate all the money to aid micro-lending around the world.
Right now we own two very special musical instruments. We have a hand-painted guitar with an appraisal of $2000.00 and an antique ukulele valued at $200.00. And, remember that this all started with a rubber-band ball.
We are ready to trade-up with you!

If you are a collector of beautiful pieces, or if you just happen to be a compassionate person wanting to join us in making the world a better place, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Email our teacher, Mrs. Cochrane at rita.cochrane@lipscomb.edu with any trade offer.
Check out our archives on this blog to see all the fascinating trade-ups last year. We even were featured on T.V. and in the newspaper for our project and won a National Izzit Award!
Please know that 100% of our proceeds will be donated to rid our world of poverty. We want to hear of any offer! We are ready to trade to make the World a better place for all!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

We are out for the summer!!!!

Mrs. Cochrane's class is now officially on SUMMER VACATION! However, we would still love to either trade-up our guitars, or even sell them. If you have any offer for us, please contact our teacher at rita.cochrane@lipscomb.edu. Remember that we are anxious to aid micro-lending in Kenya. All the proceeds (100%) will be donated to raise the standard of living for those less fortunate. Happy Trades and Happy Summer!
Mrs. Cochrane's Seventh Grade Class

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Now We Have TWO Guitars to Trade!!

Bria, Kaleigh, Elly, and Mrs. Cochrane took our one-of-a-kind guitar to the 4 Amigos guitar show in Franklin, TN this weekend. Although we did not get a "trade up", we did meet lots of great guitar fans willing to help our cause. Mr. Jimmy Clanton, a high school teacher from Birmingham, AL donated a vintage ukulele to help raise money for micro loans. The ukulele has a value of approximately $200 - $250. ( Mr. Clanton also owns "Vintage Instruments, Single-Action Guns and Antiques" and can be reached at jimmylclanton@yahoo.com) Two other wonderful, anonymous guitar fans donated money to be added to our final amount. What a great group of musicians these were!
So, now we have our original Mark Camden, hand-painted guitar (with a legal, written appraisal of $2000) along with a vintage ukulele and we want to trade with YOU!
We will consider any item/service valued at more than the $2250 that we currently possess. Remember that we began this project with only a rubber band ball and now are up to $2250 in value. Also, remember that by trading up with us, you will help cure poverty around the world. All proceeds from the sale of our final item at the end of April will be donated to aid poverty stricken countries around the world. Do you have something in the attic or garage that you don't use anymore? If it is worth more than what we have, make us an offer. Contact our teacher, Mrs, Cochrane with all offers at rita.cochrane@lipscomb.edu We can't wait to hear from you.
Happy Trades.
Mrs. Cochrane's Seventh Graders

p.s. A special thanks to "Classic Ax" who helped us by putting new strings on the guitar and donating a guitar case. If you are in the Nashville area and need a great guitar repairman, check out Classic Ax and ask for Greg. http://www.classicax.com/
Also, thanks to Mr. Dave Crocker of 4 Amigos guitar show for allowing us to come.

Friday, February 13, 2009

We have a NEW TRADE! Take a look!

Take a look at our new trade!

Our class traded the Persian rug that was donated by singing legend RICK DERRINGER with Mrs. Ginger Turner for a hand-made and hand-painted collector's guitar. We have the legal appraisal for the guitar priced at $2000.00! The appraiser's description of the guitar is, "This guitar is a D-size Acoustic Guitar (unknown maker), featuring Exotic Laminated European Rosewood back and sides with a spruce top and maple neck. It was hand painted by Mark Camden, a well-known artist in the Smokey Mountain area. The painting is done in a Southwestern Indian Art Style. The value of this guitar would be placed at $2000."

Rick Derringer was still in Nashville and kind enough to come to our school and participate in this trade, also. It was fun having a celebrity at our school. We were even on WSMV channel 4 news that night. HOW FUN!!!

Matthew and Seth hold up the Persian rug as rock and roll singing legend Rick Derringer tells the t.v. camera why he chose to get involved in our Banding Together project. (Mr. Derringer is very famous for his songs "Hang on Sloopy" and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo". Today, you will find his songs on Guitar Hero 2.)

Collin Keith, the 7th grader who told us of the trading-up concept, gets his picture made with both of our traders, Rick Derringer and Mrs. Ginger Turner. Isn't this guitar INCREDIBLE! And, it has been held by RICK DERRINGER!

Now, our job is to find someone who wants to trade-up for this guitar. Remember, we started with a rubberband ball and we have traded- up to this guitar. We plan to continue trading up until the end of April at which time we will sell or auction our final item and donate all the money to aid micro-lending in poverty-stricken countries around the world. If you can help us with this project, please contact our teacher, Mrs. Cochrane, at rita.cochrane@lipscomb.edu

Happy Trades!

Mrs. Cochrane's seventh grade class at David Lipscomb Middle in Nashville, TN

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Wow! What a week we have had. We traded with legendary rocker Rick Derringer for a Persian rug and quickly traded again for a special hand-made and hand-painted guitar that came with a legal appraisal of $2000.00. Unfortunately, you will have to wait another day to see all the photos of the exciting trade. We didn't have time to update today because, you see, our teacher insisted on us preparing for our test today. Tomorrow, we will get all the information and photos of our most exciting trade yet! And, guess what? WE WERE ON TV! Check back tomorrow for all the details.
Happy Trades!
Mrs. Cochrane's class

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Our Newest Trade

We have traded the Music City Getaway for a beautiful Persian Rug. But, a big part of the excitement with this trade is WHO we traded with. We traded with singing legend,

Rick Derringer!

Rick Derringer sang the famous, "Hang on Sloopy" and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" songs. Today, "Hang on Sloopy" is well known by Ohio State football fans (it is played at every home game) as well as Guitar Hero fans. After learning about our project to aid micro-lending in poverty stricken countries, Rick and his wife, Jenda, contacted us with this generous offer.

Rick Derringer trades his Persian rug for our Music City Getaway with
7th graders Jackson, Grant, and Spencer.

This is one of our most exciting trades yet! This time, our teacher, Mrs. Cochrane, insisted on being in the picture. She was so excited to have her picture made with Mr. Rick Derringer. Looks like Spencer wanted in on the excitement, too.

To learn more about Mr. Rick Derringer and his fantastic career, check out his web page at
Or, check out some of his many videos on You Tube.
If you would like to make an offer to trade up with us, just email our teacher,
Mrs. Rita Cochrane, at rita.cochrane@lipscomb.edu . Remember that whatever we have at the end of April will be auctioned off and all the money donated to aid micro-lending in poverty stricken countries around the world.
Happy Trades,
The Seventh Grade Class at David Lipscomb

Thursday, January 22, 2009


We are very excited to say that we have accepted an out-of-state trade offer for our two nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and the two Grand Ole Opry tickets! The trade is to take place on Sunday, February 1. We are keeping the exact offer a secret for the moment, but you will want to check back on February 2 for all the exciting details. I know you will want to trade for this next one! We are definately on our way to improving the lives of many people around the world. YIPPEE!

Happy Trades!
Mrs. Cochrane's 7th grade class

p.s. To see the details of our project, how it started, and how you can help aid micro-lending in poverty-stricken countries around the world, click on the rubberband ball icon at the top of this page.

Friday, January 9, 2009

We chose to keep our Music City Getaway!

After voting on our trade offer today, the seventh grade students have chosen to hold onto our $600 getaway. This is great news for those of you out there trying to decide on a trade. You have until next Thursday, the 15th to contact us with trade offers. Here is what we have:

A Two Night Stay at the World Famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Two Grand Ole Opry Tickets!

The great thing is that you may choose the date you wish to come to Nashville for this getaway as long as there is the availablity.

This would make a terrific
Valentine, Anniversary, or Birthday surprise!

So, look for an item to trade up with us. Remember that whatever we have in April, we will auction off and all proceeds will go to aid undeveloped countries around the world through micro-lending.

For all trade offers, contact our teacher, Mrs. Cochrane, at

Happy Trades,
the Seventh Graders at David Lipscomb Middle School