MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) With school budgets tight these days, often times music and arts programs are the first to feel the impact.
That's why Gordy's Guru Matt Selvig and WEAU's Nikki Junewicz were thrilled to surprise one area music program as our Schools Rule! contest winner.
We went to River Heights Elementary in Menomonie to surprise music teacher Marni Poquette with $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills.
One of Mrs. Poquette's 5th Grade students Shannon Mason wrote to us saying her music class could use the money for more drums.
Right now there's not enough for all the students to play together. They have to take turns.
Shannon says playing on the drums is great for team building and relieving stress during the school day.
"It really brings everybody together and you just get into the music and just not worry about anything else," explains Shannon.
"The music just kind of takes over, and you really feel it and it grounds you and it's just incredible, it's just really fun," adds Poquette.
The Box Tops money will be used to put drums in the hands of each student in the class.
A big congratulations to Shannon, Mrs. Poquette, and all the music students at River Heights Elementary!
To nominate your school in our Schools Rule! contest just visit the link attached to this story.