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We were able to do a complete Pickleball Unit in PE with skills practice, rules education, and team play. Pickleball was later offered as a student choice day activity in PE and several groups of students participated each day offered.We were able to set up 9 courts split between our gym and cafeteria for students to play doubles against each other. We used the newly purchased nets, paddles, and balls throughout this unit.

All students scheduled in PE classes participated in the Pickleball Unit that spanned a full week. The first day we demonstrated the basic rules and taught the kids how to serve and keep score. Later as the unit continued, students were keeping their own score and rotating around the courts to play the winners of each court. One of the days before play began, we shared a few minutes of professional pickleball play in a video to get an idea of how fast paced the play can be! Students enjoyed playing each other and had fun joining teams with their friends to try out this growing sport!

We offered pickleball as a choice option during a couple of PE choice days and several groups of students chose to participate these days as well. It's a wonderful addition of supplies to have in our PE repertoire of units and games. The PE team is grateful for this grant to upgrade and supplement our pickleball supplies. We always look for ways to keep introducing new activities for the kids and it's all made easier with the proper gear!

Thank you for supporting the Pickleball Unit at Sky View! Overall the pickleball unit went well! Kids took a bit to adjust to a new game with complicated rules. We played "King of the Court" style where kids rotate up or down after a timed round (4-5min). This keeps kids playing teams on their level and helps them stay competitive to try to land on the top court by the end of the period. Most students have a lot of fun in PE with the games and units we teach - pickleball was no exception!

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Pickleball Unit - Alex Child - Sky View Middle School

The purchase of an additional four xylophones, in part by the Spring enrichment awarded by the Bend-La Pine Education Foundation and the generous donors, has provided my students at Bear Creek one barred instrument for every two children. We were able to explore music with these instruments in class to compose our own songs and connect chords that we have been learning with Boomwhackers and ukuleles to the chords explored on the xylophones.

Student participation and engagement was drastically improved when students had more time to be involved in the hands on creation of music. With one instrument for every 2 students they were all actively engaged in creating their own music or helping someone else read and follow music, acting as another student's helper or teacher.

I would just like to thank everyone at the Bend-La Pine Education Foundation and all of the generous donors. Without you and your hard work so many of us would not have the needed tools to serve our kids. What you provide for the students of Bend LaPine schools is immeasurable. You make experiences possible. It is because of those experiences students continue to be engaged and will continue to be curious long after they leave us.

This was our first year ever having barred instruments during my time at Bear Creek. This first year went very well. The kids were excited and engaged. They learned the process for moving around these instruments safely and efficiently. Next year I look forward to utilizing these instruments for more creative play and storytelling incorporating literature in the younger grades. For the older grades I would like to start more formalized ensemble play and possibly have recorded mini concerts that can be sent home to parents.

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Orff Instruments - Marci Griffiths - Bear Creek Elementary

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