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Carolyn Webber, Park Record

Last week, a humming noise filled the music room at Ecker Hill Middle School. No other sounds were heard besides the high and low murmur from students blowing into their harmonicas.

The sixth-grade students each received their own harmonica and learned how to play it during a Blues in the Schools program last week. The program was organized by Kelly Wallis, the band instructor at Ecker Hill, and put on by representatives of the Utah Blues Society.

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Tony Holiday, right, teaches sixth-grade student Tavish Handy-Polinsky
how to play the harmonica during the Blues in the Schools program last week.

(Photo by Carolyn Webber/Park Record)

The Blues in the Schools program at Ecker Hill Middle Schools was made possible through a PCEF Teacher Grant.

 

 

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Carolyn Webber, Park Record

What happens when you give a child some cardboard, Lego toys and a 3-D printer? That is what schools in the Park City School District are trying to figure out. At the school's new makerspaces, students are learning to create and design objects of all sizes and functions.

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BradleBradley Gannon, a career and technical education teacher at Ecker Hill Middle
School, 
started building his makerspace in 2016. This year, he is starting an
after-school program 
so that all students can have access to the creative space.
(Photo by Carolyn Webber/Park Record)

 

 

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Carolyn Webber, Park Record

Providing her students with memorable experiences is what Sophie Moffat loves about teaching. The social studies and Spanish teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School often had grand ideas for her classroom, but rarely the means to fund them.

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Sophie Moffat, a Spanish and social studies teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School, received a grant to implement a program in which her students interact with students from a Spanish-speaking country.  (Photo by Carolyn Webber/Park Record)

 

 

 

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Carolyn Webber, Park Record

Joanna Lazzaroni and Eli Levine wanted more students to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) this year. They put up fliers and spread the word. Now, they have so many they hardly know what to do with them.

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Park City High School brought 13 students to the Future Business Leaders of
America (FBLA) national competition last year. Three students placed
but with the growth the club experienced this year, club leaders
hope to do even better next year. (Photo courtesy of Eli Levine.)


  NOTE: PCEF donors support FBLA through the National Competition Fund.

 

 

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Carolyn Webber, Park Record

Every storyteller has a story to tell about themselves. Author Ruta Sepetys is coming to Park City to tell hers, and to encourage listeners to discover their own.

Sepetys is scheduled to visit Park City on Jan. 8 and 9. She will first speak to students at Park City High School who have read or plan to read her book, "Salt to the Sea." She is scheduled to visit with the public on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library.

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Ruta Sepetys, author of "Salt to the Sea," is scheduled to visit Park City
on Jan. 8 and 9 during the One Book One Community event.
Her book, which was selected for the program, tells the story of refugees
in Eastern Europe during World War II. (Photo courtesy Ruta Sepetys)


 

  NOTE: PCEF donors, including the Tom Wilson Foundation and the Promontory Foundation, fund this program.

 

 

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