Theoni Acosta, Education Foundation Grant Recipient, Featured in Wisconsin State Journal

The Wisconsin State Journal featured a story about how MCPASD music teacher Theoni Acosta is using the $2,500 grant she received from the Education Foundation.

Acosta teaches music at Elm Lawn and Sunset Ridge. Last April, the Education Foundation awarded her a grant to help inspire improvisation among elementary students.

Acosta explained how she’s using the funds in her classes.

“The money has already made an impact on my music students’ learning,” she said. “National music standards call for performing, creating and responding in the elementary classroom. We’ve been able to purchase more Orff percussion instruments – xylophones and bass bars – so that students have more chances to perform and explore through improvisation during each lesson. There is less ‘down time’ in the classroom as students don’t have to wait as long to play an instrument.”

Acosta’s grant was one of nine the Education Foundation awarded in 2019. The Education Foundation funds grants annually for innovative and unique programs that complement the district’s educational goals. Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded more than 100 grants worth approximately $105,000.

In the Wisconsin State Journal, Elm Lawn fourth graders shared how the funds have made an impact in their music class.

Read the full article: Hoping to keep students engaged, teacher drums up money for more instruments