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With the help of a donation, art teacher Craig Cervantes and music teacher Bobby Rice check off wish list items

COURTESY PHOTO: CRAIG CERVANTES - Colton School District teacher Craig Cervantes with the new kiln and some of the CMS student clay pieces.Last school year, the Hult Cornay Rice inFaith Foundation donated $10,000 to the Colton School District for art and music education. Craig Cervantes (art teacher) and Bobby Rice (music teacher) both had dream lists for their students.

Cervantes wanted to add a kiln to the middle school art room, and Rice had a list of musical instruments he wanted for the band and orchestra departments.

Both teachers had their wishes answered.

Colton Middle School now has a Skutt Kiln installed, along with clay and glaze supplies. Cervants said the kids loved learning the process of kiln and baking clay.

"We were able to make so many different clay projects with the new kiln, art student Hailee Hordichok said. "We were very happy for the generous donation, and had a fun year in art."

The music department supplemented the percussion section of the band room with the additions of a vibraphone, concert chimes and orchestra bells.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Christian Weinberger plays the new vibraphone that the Colton School District recently purchased with donated funds. "My kids are thrilled," Rice said. "What we were able to purchase is something that will be helping kids for a very long time."

CHS student, Synove Hansen, said music is a highlight of her school day, a time when the music class comes together to create and let go of the pressures of the school day.

Merry Rice (no relation to the music teacher) of the HCR Foundation, said donating the funding to the art and music departments was important because it is in arts that beauty and light shines in students that nothing else does for them.

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