Elk Mound Middle School wins "Schools Rule!" contest

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ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) Spend a few moments inside Vicki Mohr's classroom at Elk Mound Middle School, and it's easy to see why she's what students call a "fun" teacher.

"I would describe Ms. Mohr as just a creative, energetic teacher who is always adjusting to make lessons exciting for students," explains Elk Mound Middle School Principal Eric Wright.

Ms. Mohr teaches a research unit called "Rock Band."

It's where students take a topic, research it, write a song, and perform it.

"It's all research and taking notes but taking your notes and plugging them to something different than your typical five paragraph essay," explains Mohr.

"Her ability to create curriculum that meets the state standards while also creating fun, is very important at the middle school level," says Wright.

While her ideas are always fresh, the equipment she's been using is dated.

"We have these old Sony Mavica digital cameras that even had floppy disks, you couldn't really edit you know the videos they would take," says Vicki Mohr, a language arts teacher.

That's why Thursday Gordy's Guru Matt Selvig and I were thrilled to present her with $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills to buy iPod touches.

Like a good language arts teacher, she nominated her school by writing us a poem.

"Elk Mound kids, are just really good, nice kids. I just love them and I know they're going to love the iPods, and use them and I did it for them, I didn't want to give up for them."

And we are taking nominations right now for our next "School's Rule!" contest winner.

Go to the link attached to this story, and tell us how your school could use the money.



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