In the words of Kool & The Gang, it's time for a "Celebration…Let's all celebrate and have a good time…"

It's time to celebrate because more music will be heard in the halls of Sioux City Hunt School now because of a $10,000 prize given to improve the school's music department. Teachers Alison Bondy and Emily Cox, together with Northwest AEA's Jim Christensen, and their students created, filmed and edited a video this fall for the Glee Give A Note competition. They just recently learned that their video was selected as a grant winner.

Seventy-three schools across the country were awarded grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to help save struggling music programs. Schools submitted videos in September, which were posted online for public voting in October. The grants were announced after one million votes were cast to help a panel of National Association for Music Education (NAfME) members in their final judging. Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and NAfME announced the winners in December. 

The Hunt team learned how to storyboard the project, capture the video and edit the product from Jim Christensen, a science and media and information technology consultant.

"It is an especially big deal for the students in the video, as they now have a sense of having won something big," said Christensen. "This school and these kids don't often have this kind of experience so we all hope that it serves as inspiration for them, as well as a model of what can happen as the result of creativity, careful planning and hard work."

Ms. Bondy and Miss Cox are spectacular teachers, according to Christensen.

"At the AEA, we help teachers so that they can be successful," he said. "This instance highlights a very successful partnership."

Watch the video.

Congrats to this talented and hard-working team of students and teachers!