Grant Recipient Feedback

With our grant process we ask grant recipients to tell us how the process went and also how the grants are making an impact. Below is some of that feedback we received. A summary of grants provided and photos of some of the recipients can be found here.

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The requested funds will be used to provide music therapy services for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses, as well as those children receiving care through our hospice, palliative care, and grief and loss programs.
Thank you so much for approving our application! As always, I can’t fully express my appreciation for your support. These instruments and books and music will all be well used, I am sure.
Beth Mosko, Pathways Hospice
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We requested funds to purchase instruments and/or manipulatives for use in our music therapy groups and to use in individual music therapy sessions at Foundation Music School. In addition, we requested funds to help provide scholarships for music therapy clients who are unable to pay for music therapy services due to their income level, or while they are waiting for a waiver or other funds to come through for therapy.

In music therapy, having a variety of instruments and manipulatives is important because each part of the music experience is designed with the goal and objective behavior in mind. For example, if fine motor grasp is being addressed, utilizing an instrument which requires the grasp being worked on is essential to the experience. With that in mind, the more options our therapist’s have for instruments to address a client’s goals the more effective therapy can be.

Thank you again for awarding Foundation Music School a grant from the Kayla Foundation. We are so thankful for your support in our mission.
Nicole Wilshusen, Foundations Music School
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All of our classes at CLPE are now able to use ukuleles in class, particularly our large first grade classes and our approximately 128 students who receive free or reduced lunch–interacting with a musical instrument like a ukulele helps fulfill the goals and mission of the Kayla Foundation by providing musical access in new ways. Additionally, those larger first grade classes will now have the opportunity to learn music in a new, fun way, using triangles to accompany numerous songs and activities.

Thank you for making it possible for ALL students to pursue musical learning and experiences through your generosity.
Melissa Flail, Cache La Poudre Elementary
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The request was for a cello that’s students could use at school, or rent if they were unable to pay through a music shop.

We were able to provide a low income student the option to leave one borrowed cello at home, and have a school cello. Appropriate transportation often keeps kids from taking instruments home to practice. This cello will continue to help students practice at home and play at school for years to come.

All students deserve the opportunity to succeed at an instrument. The Kayla Foundation is helping make this possible. Thank you!

Thank you so much for your love of music, and your generous heart.

Thank you so much…….. I can’t express how much this helps the students in our program!
Noelle Bauman, Colorado Early Colleges High School

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200+ PSD Students and staff benefited from this Kayla Grant. Large, cross-District events are difficult to plan and execute in part because finding a large enough venue can limit participation of students. Receiving this grant allowed us to find a large non-PSD location that would allow all students to participate. This event (and the accompanying group rehearsals) was a special event for our students. They were not only able to work on a brand new piece of music, but able to work with the composer himself! The joy during rehearsal and performance was almost tangible. Thank you for providing a space that we could SHARE that joy with others!

Thank you so much for granting Zach Elementary the funds necessary to help secure a performance venue for our cross-district collaboration! It is a blessing and we are so grateful.

Thank you,
Alyssa Johnson, Zach Elementary
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Thanks to the Kayla Foundation and support from the Assistant Superintendent we are able to offer the PSD Honor Choir at no cost to any participants.

Cross-district events such as the PSD Honor Choir, quite simply, could not happen without generous support from organizations such as The Kayla Foundation. Please accept our deepest gratitude for making this event possible, and for giving singers of all backgrounds access to these opportunities.

Scott Wheeler, PSD Honor Choir
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I wanted to write and express a lasting gratitude towards your grant. This has allowed us to take singers to performances at Elitch Gardens, Longmont, Denver, Fort Collins High School, and a whole host of other opportunities.

I feel so personally thankful that this grant exists – and I wanted to express how meaningful and impactful your grant is for our community here at Poudre High School and across our school district.

Dave Lonowski, Poudre High School
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The Kayla Foundation has given valuable, expressive resources (MUSIC!) to children who are seriously ill or who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Our community is beyond fortunate to have the support of this foundation. THANK YOU!

Pathways – Beth Mosko
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The grant has helped all of my students, including 195 low-income students, participate more fully in our school’s music program. By raising the volume of instruction and class discussion above the ambient noise of the classroom, the Qball has increased my students’ ability to learn and sing in their second language.

Harris Bilingual Immersion School – Madeline Armour

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Thank you for the Kayla Grant! As a low income school I don’t always know how I’m going to meet the needs of my students. Time and again I have been able to fill some of those needs because of the Kayla Foundation! My students and I are so grateful!

Putnam Elementary – Samantha Dohn
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I wish I could have photographed my 8th grade singers when they tried on their dresses. They were all completely beaming. Each one came into the choir room, twirled around, felt like a Disney princess, and held her shoulders high. When the girls got on stage for their first concert, they looked so beautiful. They were uniform, they felt confident, and I know their sound was positively impacted because of their uniforms. None of the girls had to worry about finding clothes that fit or were appropriate because they had this beautiful choir dress to wear.

Boltz Middle School – Mallory Harrison
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The support of the Kayla Foundation is ‘instrumental’ to our ability to provide musical experiences for the children in our care. Further, the Kayla Foundation’s support of our sing-along enables us to increase awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood environments that incorporate music into the curriculum.

Colorado State University Early Childhood Center – Karen Rattenborg
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This is a unique organization here at school that reaches a segment of students that normally would not be a part of other clubs or music programs here. It engages kids and keeps them connected to school and other kids with similar interests.

The Kayla grant simply allows us to exist. It removes the barriers of cost for our program and therefore allows many kids to participate.

Rocky Mountain High School – Mark Reedy
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The Kayla Foundation provides an invaluable resource, allowing students to participate in music without the financial burden they might otherwise bear. Thank you!

Cache La Poudre Elementary – Melissa Flail
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The Kayla Foundation makes inclusion, participation and joy possible for every student. Thank you Kayla Foundation!

Werner Elementary – Cody Krueger
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The outcome of this grant was that we were able to repair 4 instruments to get them in completely payable condition. Each of these instruments are being used by (or will be used by) students that cannot otherwise afford their own instrument and wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate in band. Also, this has enhanced our entire ensemble because students get to play on instruments that function and play well.

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The Kayla Grant allowed one of our star students to attend our trip to NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall. This grant truly changed his life, and continues to impact our community at large in major ways. Thank you, Kayla Foundation!

Fossil Ridge High School – Briana McCormick
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Music therapy made a big difference in these students’ lives. They would run to the music therapy because they were so excited. The class in which those students are enrolled is calmer, more focused and efficient. Music therapy helped the students with special needs manage anger and outbursts.

Preston Middle School – Andrea Hollenbeck
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The Kayla Foundation makes it possible for children to dream big and have positive musical experiences! We have been lucky enough to have grants for choir T-shirts, field trips and choral music. Thanks Kayla!

Linton Elementary School – Nancy Conover
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We requested funds to sponsor a scholarship for a singer grade 3-7 whose financial need prohibits participation in the 2019/2020 season in Centennial Children’s Chorus. This award ties directly to the mission of the Kayla Foundation in that it will provide a rich musical opportunity to a child who cannot afford tuition/ dues to belong to Centennial Children’s Chorus.

Thank you so much! We are so excited to be able to support a singer with these funds! What an amazing way to honor Kayla. We appreciate this so much!
….Thank you so much for this generous gift!

Emily Land
Centennial Children’s Chorus
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As a non-profit in Larimer County focused on the needs of children, and training young adults for careers with children, the ECC requested the support of the Kayla Foundation to expand our collection of percussion instruments. These instruments are “instrumental” (pun intended) to the collaborations we currently have with the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Music, Theatre, & Dance. The additional percussion instruments provide a musical avenue that is enjoyed by children of all ages and are used in a variety of settings at the ECC. Teachers, Occupational Therapy interns, Music Therapy practicum students, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers all benefit from the expanded collection.

The additional percussion instruments provided so generously to the ECC by the Kayla Foundation serve as a musical foundation that supports the development of children of all ages. We are so grateful!

Thank you for your support of children at the ECC. Kayla’s heart truly lives on in your generosity.

Warmly,
Karen Rattenborg
Colorado State University
Early Childhood Center
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The requested funds will be used to provide music therapy services for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses, as well as those children receiving care through our hospice, palliative care, and grief and loss programs.
The requested funds would be used to purchase recording equipment which would be utilized by children and young adults receiving music therapy through Pathways. Specifically, we wanted to order a digital stethoscope in order to better record our clients’ heartbeats. Used in musical recordings, the finished products are legacy projects and/or ways for children to remember their loved ones.
We have only just started using it, so the numbers above have not yet been met. However, we expect that hundreds of children and other clients at Pathways will soon benefit from the use of this stethoscope. This stethoscope (which is very easy to record) not only helps in the creation of unique and meaningful legacy projects, but allows clients’ heartbeats to be utilized as musical instruments. This musical opportunity can then be expanded on in other creative ways…. songwriting, musical improvisation, etc, all recorded with the heartbeat.

The Kayla Foundation has provided INVALUABLE support for children who are receiving end-of-life and grief and loss care in our community. THANK YOU!!”

Thank you so much! We are very grateful for your continued support and excited to purchase and begin using the stethoscope for heartbeat recordings.
Sincerely,
Beth Mosko
Pathways
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I was able to purchase the steel drums, hula hoops and music. This grant allowed students to experience music with new instruments and learning experiences that they would not have been able to have if it wasn’t for this grant. Kayla’s spirit will forever be alive in my music room.
Thank you again,
Cody Krueger
Werner Elementary
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Thank you Kayla Foundation! Because of you my students are able to be musical beings anywhere in our school! We are enjoying dance parties, music class outside, assemblies in the gym, and much more! Thank you so much for enriching our lives and making each day a little better!
Thank you so much! I appreciate the support!
Samantha Crandall
Putnam Elementary
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Students in choir have had their motivation rekindled with the addition of new music this late in the year! Thank you! Our modern band club, in particular, will be grateful for the cart, as it will also us to bring extra drums and other equipment to our upcoming performances, while still being able to use those items in class.

The Kayla Foundation provides much needed funding to get students involved in music, and keep them inspired when they are there!
Melissa Flail
Cache La Poudre Elementary
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Funding was requested to help supplement the cost of new Chamber Orchestra Uniforms. My Chamber Orchestra will have a new polished look that enables each student look and feel professional on stage. For many students, this would not have been possible without the help of the Kayla Foundation.

Thank you SOOOO MUCH! This money is a huge help and is greatly appreciated.
The Kayla Foundation is a critical part of our school district–the support this foundation provides to our music programs is unprecedented.
Melissa Claeys
Boltz Middle School
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I requested scholarships to purchase sheet music and choir shirts for 10 students. They were able to have a uniform and sheet music like all other paying students.
I am so grateful to receive this Kayla grant! I have many students who were able to join choir because of your generosity, so thank you!

Molly Kelly
Laurel Elementary School of Arts & Technology
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My original funding request was to purchase twenty-five performance shirts to help students who are unable to afford to perform with the ensemble. Without a performance outfit as an ensemble, students with financial needs would be unable to perform. With the great help of The Kayla Foundation, all students are able to participate and perform.

The Kayla Foundation always goes out of their way to help students. Their ongoing support is appreciated in making sure all students can participate.

Anthony Gezzi
Cache La Poudre Middle School
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I requested funding to purchase recorders for our current third graders, as well as any fourth and fifth graders new to our school this year. I also requested funding to purchase 12 choir T-shirts for students who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
The students who received choir T-shirts are extremely grateful and excited, and often wear them to practice, though the shirts are only required at performances! Additionally, the classes have started playing recorder, and they students are all very excited for this opportunity.

CLPE is always grateful to The Kayla Foundation for supporting our students in exploring music through various opportunities!

Melissa Flail
Cache La Poudre Elementary
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Our Linton Pride Choir asked for funds to pay for the admission to the Fort Collins Children’s Theater production of THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Lincoln Center. Our Kayla grant paid for our admission tickets.

Linton Pride choir students thoroughly enjoyed the Fort Collins Children’s Theater production of The Little Mermaid. There were about 1000 students in attendance and it was great to see how lights, costumes, sets, mics, props, actors, dancers and singers performed their dress rehearsal matinee.
Nancy Conover
Linton Elementary
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Thank you Eric and Lisa. You guys are a big reason we are able to keep going and I have more kids than ever this year.

This grant is our main benefactor and does the most to keep us humming along. Our equipment gets a lot of use, and maintenance is a constant. This grant allows me to be able to repair and replace in a timely manner so that the maximum number of kids can participate.
We would have trouble continuing without the help of the Kayla Foundation.
Mark Reedy
Rocky Mountain High School
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Thank you so much for this grant! We appreciate all that your family does to support music in our schools. Bauder was able to replace 2 old deteriorating guitars with two new 3/4 student guitars. We were also able to replace 3 old cases that were falling apart with 3 new gig bags.

Thanks to the Kayla Foundation, more of our students in financial need now have instruments and instrument bags like their peers. Having a good quality instrument inspires children to play more and allows them to experience the joy of beautiful music.
Bauder Elementary
Deanna Franklin
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I wanted to request funds to bring professional string players in to the classroom and work with my students on specific skills that I can’t always address in my regular classroom because of time, so I requested funds to help me do this.

I hired three different professionals that came into my classroom at different times, serving as clinicians to my students and working with them with the emphasis on teaching them different skills that will improve their tone, and advance their skills on their instrument.

I am pleased and honored to accept this grant from the Kayla Foundation. This is the first time that I have ever applied and have always been wanting to have access to funds that would allow me to invite some professionals into my classroom to work individually with my students, as well as to perform for them. I thank you so much for this opportunity! My students are such hard-working young musicians and I really see this opportunity as a way to further their musical knowledge and ability on their instruments this year.

Thank you so much for this opportunity.
The Kayla Foundation is a fabulous vehicle for teachers and students alike to benefit from funds that will improve their music education by enhancing the opportunities that we are able to provide.

Kristin Rangel
Preston Middle School
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The Kayla Grant has allowed Fossil Ridge Choir Chamber Choir students to attend the student dress rehearsal of an Opera Colorado production for years. This gives students that normally wouldn’t have opportunities like this the means to be exposed to this art form. We had a fantastic time at the Opera Colorado performance.

Thank you, Adsit Family! – Fabulous!! Thank you so much for your support in this endeavor…the Kayla Grant is making a huge difference in the lives of PSD music students.

Bri McCormick
Fossil Ridge High School
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The requested funds were primarily for purchasing instruments. Because of your support, many children who are seriously ill or who are grieving the loss of a loved one have new resources to express themselves. This support is invaluable— We can’t thank the Kayla Foundation enough!!

Thank you so much for supporting our Music Therapy program. We are able to offer this gift to patients and families entirely because of the generosity of funders like The Kayla Foundation.

Pathways Hospice
Beth Mosko
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This money will be used to support and spark the interests of students who would like to learn more about music composition. While the program has not yet begun, I have received many inquiries from parents informing me of their child’s interest in this program.

I am so grateful for this and can assure you that the software purchased with the money from this grant will be put to great use and enjoyed by Kruse students this year and many years to come!

Thank you again!
Darren Wagner
Kruse Elementary
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I spoke with a few DJ’s about ways to create my own DJ station that is kids height. Our hip hop club and school are going to be the hippest as we create our own scratches!
You’ve brightened my entire day!

Thank you, Adsit’s and the Kayla Foundation!
Tara Sparks
Tavelli Elementary
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Thank you for your time and what you do for the students in PSD.
Thank you for the grant money! It will help students who are in need of financial assistance and takes away burdens.

With the help of the Kayla Foundation, any student that wanted to join choir this year, was able to because of the financial assistance we were able to give out. And all 3rd grade students all have a recorder to take home and practice, this may be the only “real” instrument they will own.
With great appreciation,
Thank You,
Lori Nonies
Olander Elementary
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Thank you so much Adsit family! The PSD community is lucky to have your support.
Thank you so much for your generosity. I am so excited that I will get to continue to outfit my group in uniforms this year!
All of my students in my early morning, advanced orchestra program have a uniform to wear and they look great! The Kayla Foundation has helped to further the growth of the Boltz MS Chamber Orchestra and also helped my students to have a professional look which also furthers the program and it’s reputation among the Boltz community.

Without the Kayla Foundation’s ongoing support of music in PSD, there are somethings that just would not happen. This foundation is pivotal to helping us provide every opportunity to our kids in music!
Melissa Claeys
Boltz Middle School
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We requested funds to purchase a new cello, case, and bow to accommodate our growing orchestra program. We were able to purchase a beautiful new instrument within a few days of receiving funding which was delivered shortly thereafter.

The Kayla Foundation provided the means for several students to access music at equal level to their peers. Before, many students were sharing the same instruments which were in varying states of disrepair. Now, each student has access to an instrument that fits them and is in great working order which has dramatically improved morale and the rate in which we can learn and rehearse music.
Bill Cleary
Wellington Middle School
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We attended La Boheme and had a wonderful experience. All funds were used towards the purpose requested.
We were able to attend a dress rehearsal performance of La Boheme at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. This experience was wonderful and brought the arts to life to so many students at Fossil.

The Kayla Grant allowed us to bring the FRHS Chamber Choir to the dress rehearsal of La Boheme at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. This absolutely changed 24 students’ views of what Opera is like, and brought art to life in their lives. We so appreciate the impact the Kayla Foundation has provided Choral singers at FRHS. Thank you!!
Bri McCormick
Fossil Ridge High School
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The generosity of the Kayla Foundation is a tribute to the spirit of Kayla Adsit and a huge asset to music in Poudre School District. Numerous students who might not otherwise afford the costs associated with music opportunities can now access those opportunities without worry!
Melissa Flail
Cache La Poudre Elementary
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My students are able to use the xylophones more frequently now. Before we had to set them out and it took a lot of time. Now, students can help me roll the bass xylophones out very quickly and we can spend more of our time together playing music!

Thank you so much! This grant had a huge impact on my students! At Putnam we have a large community of low income students. My goal is to be able to provide them a quality music education, regardless of their background and home life. Being able to purchase equipment to make our set-up and clean-up more efficient has helped us have more time to make music together! I can’t begin to tell you have much I appreciate the help and support from the Kayla Foundation!
Samantha Crandall
Putnam Elementary
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We requested funding for our upcoming 6th-12th grade musical, Mulan. Funding will help purchase costumes for the production. This is 6th-12th grades first theatrical production!
The Kayla Foundation is supporting the expansion of the Polaris music program to include theatrical productions. This brings more appeal for students to participate in music and provides a free opportunity for students to participate in a musical.

We can’t thank you enough for bringing so much joy to our school!
Jasmine Faulkner
Polaris ELS
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I am extremely grateful for a fall 2017 grant that has been awarded to Lincoln Middle School. Thank you so much! This is so amazingly helpful to our program.
Gino Panepinto
Lincoln Middle School
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With the help of the Kayla Foundation, any student that wanted to join choir this year, was able to because of the financial assistance we were able to give out. And all 3rd grade students all have a recorder to take home and practice, this may be the only “real” instrument they will own.
Lori Nonies
Olander Elementary
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We purchased 80 recorders and 36 choir shirts. The 4th and 5th graders have begun playing the recorders this year, and the students who are new to our school were relieved that they did not need to purchase a recorder, and that I already had one for them. The 3rd graders will begin recorders in the next unit, as they just completed their yearly singing performance. The students are enthusiastic about playing the recorder and reading music, which further’s the goals of the Kayla Foundation, because it makes them more likely to continue in music as they move on in school. The shirts helped students in the choir to have the uniform even if they could not afford it; some were able to pay, so the extra shirts will be loaned to future students who cannot pay or who forget their shirt for a performance. This way, all students feel equally able to participate in choir.

The generosity of the Kayla Foundation is a tribute to the spirit of Kayla Adsit and a huge asset to music in Poudre School District. Numerous students who might not otherwise afford the costs associated with music opportunities can now access those opportunities without worry!
Melissa Flail
Cache La Poudre Elementary
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We purchased two bass stands from Musicians Friend. Each stand cost $180 with no tax or shipping cost added.
My students are able to use the xylophones more frequently now. Before we had to set them out and it took a lot of time. Now, students can help me roll the bass xylophones out very quickly and we can spend more of our time together playing music!

Thank you so much! This grant had a huge impact on my students! At Putnam we have a large community of low income students. My goal is to be able to provide them a quality music education, regardless of their background and home life. Being able to purchase equipment to make our set-up and clean-up more efficient has helped us have more time to make music together! I can’t begin to tell you have much I appreciate the help and support from the Kayla Foundation!
Samantha Crandall
Putnam Elementary
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Funds for maintenance of equipment and purchase replacement items/parts.
Our club offers a place for kids to learn and play music, have a place to go after school, and to collaborate with each other in making music. It is often a place for those kids who are not otherwise involved in school activities or do not have a place to go after school.

This grant has allowed us to continue to keep the club running at a high level.
Mark Reedy
Rocky Mountain High School – Lobo Kids Rock/Music Club
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We requested funding for our upcoming 6th-12th grade musical, Mulan. Funding will help purchase costumes for the production. This is 6th-12th grades first theatrical production!
The Kayla Foundation is supporting the expansion of the Polaris music program to include theatrical productions. This brings more appeal for students to participate in music and provides a free opportunity for students to participate in a musical.

We can’t thank you enough for bringing so much joy to our school!
Jasmine Faulkner
Polaris ELS
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I am extremely grateful for a fall 2017 grant that has been awarded to Lincoln Middle School. Thank you so much! This is so amazingly helpful to our program.
Gino Panepinto
Lincoln Middle School
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The grant provided us with the opportunity to enhance our music program by generously funding the entire musical production of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Fifth grade students involved with the show were then able to produce three live, authentic, theatrical productions for our school and the community.
Rice Elementary
Laura Davis
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Elementary Spring Musical, Peter Pan. Funding to support costumes and props.
This is the first musical theater production at Polaris and the little ones will perform it for 6-12th grades. The elementary students benefited from learning how to bring a story to life, work as a team, gain self-confidence and focus. I expect by the end, we will see more confident and proud children. One child, Captain Hook, said it has helped him focus and gain more friends. The secondary students are going to watch this and be inspired to perform a musical themselves next year! Twenty secondary students also led improv games, organized costumes, designed stage makeup, and create the back drop.
Polaris
Jasmine Faulkner
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The Kayla Foundation grant made it possible for PSD Middle School Honor Choir to purchase new repertoire for our May 4, 2017 concert. We appreciate and honor at our concert the support of the Kayla Foundation.

Without support for music purchases we would be unable to supply our honor choir library with new music which would limit the repertoire options of our guest directors as they select music for the honor groups. With Kayla Foundation support our students and directors learn and experience a greater variety of repertoire.

The support of the Kayla Foundation makes it possible for our honor choir singers to experience a wide variety of repertoire. We thank the foundation for their support of choral music for the PSD Middle School Honor Choirs. Thank you.
Poudre School District Middle School Honor Choir
Jean Johnson
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The Kayla Foundation is a wonderful resource in continuing to provide meaningful music education experiences to our students. Thank you!
Cache La Poudre Elementary
Melissa Flail
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Students are able to participate in our extra curricular groups and have a uniform that matches the rest of the ensemble. They also wear them with pride to school and out into the community to promote our school and music in PSD.

This grant allows my students to obtain uniforms for our extra curricular music groups. Not only do they look great while performing, but they can wear them with pride for music in our school and music in Poudre School District.
Riffenburgh Elementary
Allison Tjossem
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… All of my students were very excited after spending sectional/private lesson time with the pros. They felt more confident on their honor band audition music and their concert music. They also received instrument specific pedagogy help. For example, my bassoonist received handmade reeds, clarinetists were able to learn alternate fingerings for their instrument, trombonists learned when/how to use short second, etc.
Blevins Middle School
Charlotte Harsha
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Just today I received my last reimbursement for a grant you awarded me recently. I supervise the guitar club here at Rocky Mt HS and I wanted to remind you all there just how much good your help has been for us. This is the second time over the past five years you have been gracious enough to help us, and all of the kids and I say thank you.

We have many instruments, and as you know teens can be hard on them. We are in constant need of parts and repairs and the costs can add up for me. Your grants have really kept us afloat, the instruments going, and the kids coming. The kids the club attracts are often (but not always) kids who otherwise don’t have a direct connection to school activities. It is a positive thing in their lives as they learn a play music and often meet others like them. Your hard work and generosity has helped that to survive. Thank you!
Rocky Mountain High School
Mark Reedy, Counselor
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We needed help with registration for a contest for our acapella group, Tenth Bass. With the help of this grant, we were able to lower the cost for all involved and assist individual students.
We were able to attend the event and the grant allowed several low income students to attend.
Thank you to all involved in the Kayla Grant! Love, Fossil Ridge Choir
Briana McCormick
Fossil Ridge High School
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This year we have been nominated for Best Costumes by the Bobby G Awards Foundation. This is the high school equivalent of the Tony Awards. The ceremony takes place tomorrow, May 25th at the Denver Center of Performing Arts. To be one of 5 schools nominated in Colorado is an incredible honor. The Kayla Foundation has helped us achieve this award!
Deana Kochis
Fossil Ridge Theater
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Thank you to the Kayla Foundation for providing funds enabling all students to feel great about their costumes for our musicals.
Kay Williams
Werner Elementary
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We requested funds to help provide tuition for several students to attend the Vivace Band Leadership Training camp held at the University of Northern Colorado, July 12-13.The students who attend the workshop weekend are leaders within the Band program specifically, and the Music Department at Fossil Ridge as a whole. Each student who attended also ran a segment of our own Band Leadership Team retreat, in which they summarized lessons they went through, and/or led hands on leadership team activities.
This has provided a tremendous positive impact within the Band program at Fossil Ridge.
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Funding Request was to “bring in master teachers on 6 band instruments during our spirit camp to help the freshmen learn basics on their instrument before the school year started.”
“Thanks to funds provided by the Kayla Foundation, and the expertise of many of our local professional musicians, the Rocky Band program has had a wonderful start to the 2014-2015 school year.”
Scott Schlup
Rocky Mountain High School
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I requested funding to make necessary and desperately needed repairs on school owned instruments. The school owned instruments are used for students that would not otherwise be able to participate in the school music program due to the cost of instrument rental. Many of these instruments are near the end of their usefulness if they do not get the repairs they need.
The outcome of the grant is that the school still owns instruments that are in fair working condition so students can participate in the music program, even if they cannot afford to rent an instrument from the local music store.
The outcome is: students can participate in music at Blevins Middle School if they want to and their opportunity is not limited by their financial situation.
Charlotte Harsha
Blevins Middle School
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Funding request was for sectionals at school for students.
Students receiving sectionals were way more excited about practicing and were motivated, which follows the legacy of Kayla 🙂

“The Kayla Foundation is planting the seed of lifelong music, whether it is performance or consumption”.
Andrea Hollenbeck
Preston Middle School
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The drum shield has been great for balancing the sound volume in our classroom. This really helps students who have trouble with loud noises or chaotic environments. The lessons have been an amazing jumpstart for our students this year. Students who are just beginning their instruments have received extra attention and I’m seeing kids who were susceptible to frustration push past those barriers. Students who are more advanced are getting a much-needed extra push and becoming better musicians.

The Kayla grant has given all my students, regardless of grade or ability level, a chance to succeed through extra coaching.
Mary Claxton
LAB/Polaris
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The Ukuleles will help the music program at Olander in many ways. The music program is slowly growing with student size and giving students access to various instruments wil help deepen their musical knowledge and experiences. I also think with Olander’s population is slowly changing over the years; this will give students the opportunity to experience the ukulele possibly for the first and last time. Exciting students with innovative instruments help enlighten not only them but their families and the community as well.
Lori Nonies
Olander School for Project Based Learning
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The Grant furthered the goals of The Kayla Foundation by providing all Beattie children students with a superior performance space. The purchase of sound system equipment enhances all performances held in the gym. We look forward to future performances.

The Kayla Foundation continues to generously support PSD music programs. Beattie Elementary is indebted to the financial assistance!
Susie McCollum
Beattie Elementary
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We requested funds to help provide tuition for several students to attend the Vivace Band Leadership Training camp held at the University of Northern Colorado, July 12-13.The students who attend the workshop weekend are leaders within the Band program specifically, and the Music Department at Fossil Ridge as a whole. Each student who attended also ran a segment of our own Band Leadership Team retreat, in which they summarized lessons they went through, and/or led hands on leadership team activities.

This has provided a tremendous positive impact within the Band program at Fossil Ridge.

Daniel Berard
Fossil Ridge High School
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“Thanks to funds provided by the Kayla Foundation, and the expertise of many of our local professional musicians, the Rocky Band program has had a wonderful start to the 2014-2015 school year.”
Scott Schlup
Rocky Mountain High School
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The Ukuleles will help the music program at Olander in many ways. The music program is slowly growing with student size and giving students access to various instruments wil help deepen their musical knowledge and experiences. I also think with Olander’s population is slowly changing over the years; this will give students the opportunity to experience the ukulele possibly for the first and last time. Exciting students with innovative instruments help enlighten not only them but their families and the community as well.
Lori Nonies
Olander School for Project Based Learning
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The Kayla Foundation continues to generously support PSD music programs. Beattie Elementary is indebted to the financial assistance!
Susie McCollum
Beattie Elementary
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