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

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 . 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