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SOUTH JORDAN -- From the ukulele to the choir, volunteer Cyndi Thompson understands the value of music in a child's education.
Teachers and administrators at South Jordan Elementary wanted Cyndi to understand her value to the school, so they nominated her for a KSL High 5.
Robyn Bullock said, "Cyndi is such a fabulous volunteer. It's people like her that really help in education."
The principal of South Jordan Elementary, Paul Bergera explained, "I asked her to become a part of our student faculty and she declined, indicating that she still wanted to come in and volunteer. But she didn't want to get paid to do that."
"She really wants to put that toward replenishing our supplies for our music program," he continued. "We're just fortunate to have such a terrific person."
Every Friday Mrs. Thompson teaches singing and music appreciation to fourth graders. Fifth and sixth graders get ukulele lessons. That adds up to 400 students learning music from a willing volunteer who loves the children.
Cyndi is such a fabulous volunteer. It's people like her that really help in education.
A student named Faith told us, "We love Mrs. Thompson and we're so grateful that she can come to our school."
Robyn Bullock said, "They're learning so much through music. They're learning math and processing skills that are helping them in their other areas of academics."
They're also developing self-confidence and the belief that anyone can develop musical talents. Nick, one of the students, said, "She's a great teacher and helped me love it more than anything else."
According to Mrs. Thompson, "It's a blessing to be able to do this."
Another teacher summed it up: "We just love Mrs. Thompson. She's amazing. She'd done some wonderful things for our school and we can't thank her enough."
Our High 5 partners at Les Schwab rewarded Mrs. Thompson with a gift certificate and goodie basket. If you'd like to nominate someone for a High 5, click here