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Harmony Hills students awarded $1,500 for school supplies

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The second grade students at Harmony Hills were all smiles during the making of their video, "Get This Recess Started."

A Harmony Hills Elementary School second-grade class found a creative solution to a common problem that occurs in many classrooms around this time of year – a lack of school supplies. The students created and entered a video entitled, "Get This Recess Started," into the nationally-syndicated radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, for their Classroom Musical video contest. Entries came in from all over and the Harmony Hills class was chosen as the first place winner and recipient of $1,500 to put toward much needed supplies.

"As a school year nears the end, teachers find that the supplies the students brought at the onset have dwindled to mere crayon stubs, dried out glue sticks, and pencils missing erasers," said Yolanda Van Ness, second-grade teacher at Harmony Hills. She sent a letter home asking parents to check what school supplies their children needed and in turn received donations plus a creative suggestion.

"A student's mother sent in school supplies for not only her child but extras for any other students that might be in need. Another parent team approached me about entering a contest on the Kidd Kraddick Show that was awarding $1,500 for school supplies. The contest entry was a music video that made reference to the pop singer Karmin and to the Kidd Kraddick Show."

The students truly came out of their shells. The video was filmed in the classroom, on the campus playground, on a school bus and at the Witte Museum during a school field trip. Check out the video below!

"My kids and I were thrilled and honored," said Van Ness. "They are such a down-to-earth group of kids and are so deserving of this award. They really came together as a team to pull this off. They put forth great effort every day and are what I call a 'community of learners.' I am so fortunate to call these children 'my kids’."

The students are hoping to purchase individual white-boards and dry erase markers, paint and brushes, more books for the classroom library, and playground equipment, such as footballs, soccer balls, and jump ropes with the prize money. Van Ness is certain there will be plenty of more things the class can purchase to enhance the students' learning experience.


The success of this project wouldn't have been possible without the parent volunteer support from Lee and Juliet Schwabe, who put the video together for the class. The Schwabe's daughter, Kelly, is a second-grade student at the campus.

Posted on March 24, 2014