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Kyrene teachers receive arts grants from City of Tempe

Posted September 2020


Three Kyrene Middle School teachers will be making music with the help of arts grants from the City of Tempe. The City of Tempe Fall Arts in Education grants award up to $750 to teachers at Tempe schools. Three Kyrene music and performing arts educators each qualified for the full amount, to fund projects at Kyrene Middle School in the 2020-21 school year.


Chorus teacher Hannah Kimball will use her grant to purchase tubano drums for the KMS International Baccalaureate World Music collection. This will provide an individual drum for each in-person student in Music Exploration classes, to prevent sharing of instruments, in alignment with current health and safety guidance.


Orchestra teacher and mariachi leader Julio Contreras and band teacher Kroy Miller will put their grant funds to use by purchasing supplies such as reeds, strings and sanitizing materials. These supplies will allow band, orchestra and mariachi students to maintain and care for their instruments without a cost to parents.


In addition to providing practical support, such as cleaning supplies and individual instruments in a time of heightened health and safety awareness, the grants also help ensure that Kyrene students will continue to learn and grow as musicians, which can provide much-needed social and emotional support many students need right now.


All three teachers are repeat recipients of the Arts in Education grants, with Contreras earning the award for the third year in a row. These grants promote continued learning and creative expression by enhancing the offerings Kyrene schools provide. Kyrene School District offers more than 70 visual and performing arts options in a typical year. For more information about the arts in Kyrene, visit