One Class at a Time: Grant brings music to Illini Bluffs’ teacher’s ears

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Emma Boulton from illini Bluffs High School teaches music and directs the school choir. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and her students love it.

Drake Shafer is a senior. He said, “Music is something I’ve always loved in my life and I think Mrs. Boulton just brings out the best in all of us.”

One student said Mrs. Boulton inspired her career path.

“She influenced me to go to college to be a music teacher. So, I am going next year to Augustana to be a music teacher just like her,” said Annaliese Croastalle.

Anyone who walks into Mrs. Boulton’s class can see the impact she has on her students, but deteriorating equipment is taking a toll on chorus members, and their performances.

“We have not purchased new risers for the school in about 30 years and so the bottoms are starting to get damaged and they can then damage the floors we put them on. So, this means a huge upgrade for our school, less damage for our school, more safety for our students,” said Mrs. Boulton.

Boulton spends hours outside the classroom to get ready for those performances, but she said that working with such dedicated students makes it all worth it.

“Every single day I get to work with these fantastic people. and they might just be high school students but they are young people and they have all these different amazing personalities and
they keep me going every day.”

This $1,000 grant sponsored by CEFCU will go towards buying new risers for the choir.


Molly Jirasek

Molly Jirasek

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