Students at Hathaway Elementary School are reaping the benefits after their teacher secured grants to purchase nearly $4,000 worth of xylophones, metallophones, and other mallet instruments.Amy Switzer applied and received a $1,000 Creative Classroom Grant from the Washougal Schools Foundation, and more than $3,000 from the school’s Booster Club.
“It is awesome to work in a district that supports its music programs,” she said.
After practicing on the new instruments, students were able to show off their new skills during a parent concert at the Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School.
“I’ve worked in other districts where a group like the Washougal Schools Foundation provided funding for special projects, so I started there,” said Switzer. “The funding was extremely easy to apply for and my students are really benefitting from the investment.”
In her application for the grant, Switzer said she teaches in the Orff style, where all students are simultaneously actively engaged almost 100 percent of the time though songs, chants, raps, children’s literature, poetry, movements, speech ostinatos, and transferring body percussion to instrument playing.