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Tools for Schools Winner keeps kids learning with LEGOS

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MELROSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Seven hundred and fifty dollars was given to Ann Suttie's kindergarten class at Melrose-Mindoro Elementary School Thursday.

She is the latest recipient of the Tools For Schools grant.

Each student in Mrs. Suttie's class now has their very own LEGO set to use.

"The kids want to play LEGOS. LEGOS are like their thing and this year because of COVID we had to close our LEGO table so I had to think 'What can I do to get them to still build them?' I like those STEM activities, get them to thinking so I said 'how about I get some LEGOS?' Then I look at the price of LEGOS and I'm like 'Ooh my gosh'," said Suttie.

Suttie's husband crafted a small wooden plate for the LEGO tables to be more sturdy.

The grant money is provided by Brenengen Auto Group, Dependable Solutions, and River Bank.

"These teachers have the greatest ideas they just need that extra help to make these ideas come into fruition and so we're just excited that we can even help out a little," said Joe Ruskey, owner of Dependable Solutions.

In her application for the grant, Mrs. Suttie added "LEGOS are great tools for developing fine motor skills and building strength. Students

learn how to hold pieces, as well as twist, turn, and manipulate them to fit together. LEGOS can actual help children develop perseverance, overcome frustration, and improve focus and concentration. More importantly, LEGOS improve students' ability to learn engineering, math, and literacy. My goal is to give my students that opportunity again."

If you are a teacher and would like to apply for our Tools for Schools grant, click here.

Thanks to our sponsors Brenengen Auto Group, Dependable Solutions, and River Bank, one local teacher is chosen each month of the school year to receive our Tools for Schools grant.

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