Grants Bring Innovation to Classrooms

For the past seven years the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation has aimed to bring innovation and inspiration to Keller district campuses. The grants are awarded for transformative ideas submitted by teachers, librarians and administrators. Out of more than 100 applications, 16 projects received portions of more than $60,000. One grant recipient is Keller-Harvel Elementary music teacher, Tamara Masters.

Masters is using a $4,500 grant to build giant instruments, stands and displays to be placed in Keller-Harvel’s Outdoor Learning Center.

She plans to use three or four oversized instruments built with a previous grant and add more, to have about 11 stations total including a xylophone, bell sets, rain wheel and drums.

“Music sparks interest in learning, whether it’s a musical topic or core subject,” Masters said. It creates an environment of life-long retention. Kids don’t need to be behind a desk or sitting in a chair to learn.”

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