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Fall 2007

~ Music Teacher Christine Corcoran received $3,081 for the purchase of 20 Alto Xylophones for Kearns school students in an effort to enhance the musical, cognitive and creative education of more than 575 young people annually.


~ Cynthia Gordon, a fifth grade teacher at Kelly Lane School, was granted $2,000 to bring an in-school drama residency program to Granby's 200 fifth grade students to promote reader-readiness for the Newberry Award Winning novel, "My Brother Sam is Dead."
For one week, a Hartford Stage teaching artist visits the classroom to lead drama activities based on the book.

~ Granby Memorial High School Art Teacher Hollie Hecht received $1,000 for a visiting artist series at the school. The program is designed to provide enrichment experiences for advanced art students by funding artists to visit high school classes as guest educators and lecturers. The artists will address art techniques, forms and concepts above and beyond those currently covered in regular curriculum instruction.


~ Mindy Shilansky, choral director at GMHS, received $1,000 to fund a weeklong after-school songwriting workshop for high school students. The workshop specifically addresses the creative process of songwriting under the direction a professional songwriter/performer and an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music.

~ Middle School students will gain exposure to Shakespeare through the program Shakesperience GMMS English teachers Joanne Desrosiers and Pat Orlowski received $1,500 to bring the interactive program for the third year to seventh and eighth graders in an effort to stress the significance of Shakespeare as a writer and to break down student anxieties and stereotypes. Students will partake in a two-day Shakesperience Workshop through fun, interactive in-class presentations.


~ In an effort to raise awareness of Native American culture through storytelling, drumming and singing, Sue Bush, a second grade teacher at Kearns and Linda Betsch, room parent, received $400 to bring Rochelle Ripley to visit and perform for all of the second grade students at the school. Ms. Ripley is the founder of Hawkwing, Inc., a Native American non-profit organization developed to raise awareness of the Lakota Indians of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.