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Lamar Elementary Ukulele Project

2023 Microgrant Recipient Anne M. Kobitter with Lamar Elementary was awarded $1,640 for additional instruments and storage for her classroom set of Ukuleles.

Anne Kobitter applied to The Woodlands Arts Council Dr. David Gottlieb Education Microgrant Program, requesting $1,640 dollars in funding to purchase additional ukuleles and a classroom storage cart for the instruments. On Giving Tuesday, Peggy & Ray Wilcox championed the Ukulele project by donating the entirety of the funds needed to cover her request.

The Wilcox’s joined in on the fun in March, taking a seat at the back of the classroom happily strumming along. Also present was CISD Coordinator of Fine Arts Dr. Robert Horton, who said, “This grant program has been an unbelievable gift to our teachers! Conroe ISD teachers have been able to access professional learning and acquire specialized classroom supplies that enhance their great teaching. The Woodlands Arts Council's support of the Arts in our community is unparalleled, and we could not be more grateful for this grant program.” After posing for a quick big-check presentation, fourth graders filed in and took their seats for 45 minutes of exercises that emphasized strumming, finger placement on the frets, and playing along to nursery rhymes and rock songs.

Most children do not have access to a string instrument program until intermediate school, but Mrs. Kobitter has successfully fundraised here and at her previous school in Florida to establish this program. One of the many Microgrants awarded last year, The Woodlands Arts Council has visited a number of schools to see projects like this one at work throughout the spring semester.

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