Glenwood City Elementary wins Schools Rule! contest

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GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Inside one Glenwood City Elementary School classroom, the sounds of music ring loud and clear.

It's the goal of teacher Angela Hierlmeier to expose her kids to as many instruments as possible. But there's one in particular students have been longing to get their hands on.

"The kids are always seeing them on the shelf, and ask 'When do we get to play the ukuleles?' And I just can't have four of them out of 30 play," explains Hierlmeier.

The few ukuleles the Glenwood City music program has are 35 years old, which is why they say they could use some new ones.

Angela nominated her class for our monthly Schools Rule! contest, asking for $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills. She wrote to us saying she could use the money to buy 35 new ukuleles, or one for every student.

"When my principal called me and left a message, I thought I was getting bad news because she said she wanted to discuss a phone call she had received, and I thought 'Oh no!' When she said I had won I almost cried," adds Hierlmeier.

"There's a significant amount of research out there that shows that if students are interested and have a good music background as children growing up it helps them academically across the board," explains Glenwood City Elementary School Principal Betsy Haltinner.

Wednesday afternoon Gordy's Guru Matt Selvig and WEAU's Nikki Junewicz were thrilled to help Ms. Hierlmeier spread the good news to her students.

"It's just so nice for a music program to be recognized and for these kids to get these instruments because it's going to stay with them forever. It's really going to impact them," adds Hierlmeier.

To nominate your school in our monthly Schools Rule! contest, click on the link attached to this story.

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