During fall of 2021 Vernon Middle School music teacher Kari Scherbring submitted a funded Marion School Foundation grant to purchase an iPad and Apple pen for the Vernon Middle School choirs.
Per the application, the new larger iPad and pen will be used, “for playing accompaniment tracks for rehearsals and performances, creating rehearsal tracks for students, creating blocking charts and choreography videos for show choir and the musical, recording auditions… and as a metronome.”
In a letter of support Vernon Middle School Principal Phil Cochran noted, “The current iPad is 8 years old… All students who are in choir, show choirs and the VMS musical will benefit from this significant upgrade.”
We are excited to share that the iPad and pen have been purchased for the Vernon music program. In a final grant report staff noted, “It has been wonderful to have the new Ipad. I am still adjusting to it, but the large screen makes it easy to navigate and is great for viewing digital music. All students have used the Ipad in their vocal lessons and many have commented on how much nicer it is than the old one!”
The Marion Foundation’s grant program provides teachers an opportunity to receive funding for projects that benefit students in the Marion Independent School District. Grants are made possible because of generous contributions the Foundation receives throughout the year from both businesses and individuals as well as a number of educational funds that are invested with the Foundation for long-term benefit.