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Seven Kyrene teachers receive grants from City of Tempe

Posted September 2019


Kyrene School District teachers are celebrating the award of seven grants from the City of Tempe to make everything from music to murals. Each year, Tempe awards grants up to $750. Seven Kyrene fine arts, performing arts and music teachers each qualified for the full amount. The grants will fund projects at four Kyrene schools for the 2019-20 school year.


Kyrene del Norte

Music teacher R. Scott Harnisch will use the grant for supplies to be put toward the 4th and 5th grade musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”


Kyrene de la Mariposa

Music teacher Angela Marshall will purchase three new glockenspiels and supplies to expand learning in the music room.


C.I. Waggoner

Art teacher Ellen Pope will use the funds for the addition of mosaic murals on campus, which are enjoyed by the entire community.


Kyrene Middle School

Chorus leader Hannah Kimball will pay for professional accompanist services for student concerts.

Orchestra teacher Julio Contreras continues to raise fund to purchase culturally-appropriate trajes uniforms for the Mariachi program.

Drama teacher Anna Branigan-Sweeney will purchase the rights, royalties, scripts and music for the spring musical.

Band teacher Kroy Miller will provide a professional woodwind specialist for in-class training for 6th grade band classes.


Contreras and Pope are receiving the grant for the second year in a row. These grants promote continued learning and creative expression by enhancing the offerings Kyrene schools provide. Kyrene offers 73 visual and performing arts options as well as 12 annual musicals or plays. For more information about the arts in Kyrene, visit