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La Crosse music teacher surprised with 'Encore' award


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – One La Crosse elementary school music teacher has earned recognition for her efforts to teach her students about classical music.

Students at North Woods International School surprised Amanda Wolfgram with the second annual "Encore" award, Friday.

It's a $500 grant that she'll use to purchase new microphones and equipment for the school auditorium. That way her students' music can be better heard at school concerts.

"I think every student needs just so many people to be around them to love on them and support them," Wolfgram said. "And I really want to teach them not only to fall in love with music, but how they can engage music lifelong."

The "Encore" award is presented by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, in conjunction with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.

All elementary school music teachers in the Coulee Region can apply if their classes attend the youth symphony.

"(She won for) what she does in her classroom to really get the children energized for the concerts and what they experienced afterwards," said Tracy Fell, executive director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. "And how she can incorporate that into the students who are just starting to learn a string instrument."

The La Crosse Symphony will perform "Peter and the Wolf" for this year's Youth Concert.

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