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Staff Photo by Clay Schuldt Left to Right, Pete Neigebauer, Linda Neigebauer, Superintendent Jeff Bertrang, WLC Director Dawn Brown, Carla Berg and Betty Uehling cut the ribbon for the music on the playground at the Washington Learning Center .

NEW ULM – The Washington Learning Center (WLC) hosted a special inaugural Wednesday for the new “Music on the playing field” characteristics.

New outdoor musical instruments have been added to the WLC Outdoor Learning Space. These instruments were made possible thanks to a grant from the ISD 88 Foundation.

Early Childhood and Family Education Director Betty Uehling said the decision to add instruments to the learning space came after conversations with Carla Berg, a member of the learning committee outside. The discussion was about what was needed in space. Berg said the music was the need.

The outdoor learning space had some musical features created by the staff, but no professionally created instruments. The ISD 88 grant made it possible to purchase and install these instruments at the start of the year.

The response from the students is positive. Uehling said the kids love it.

Instruments are now available for recess and class time.

WLC Director Dawn Brown said the instruments are of great benefit to the community. The addition will allow students to experiment with sound, speed, coordination and rhythm.

Pete and Linda Neigebauer also participated in the ribbon cutting. The husband and wife team played a key role in financing the instruments.

The Neigebauer family is active in music. Linda said their daughters are involved in music. The eldest daughter was in the orchestra and the two younger ones were in the choir.

Drums, glockenspiel and carillons will be a source of beautiful music at the WLC with this donation.

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