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 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.