Washington music teacher hits high note

By WEEK Producer

May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- For Lara Reem life is a song.

"I haven't come across a teacher that's been more enthusiastic or more motivated to teach music than Mrs. Reem," said student Paul Born.

The chorale director at Washington Community High School, Reem can often be found, and heard, conducting business long after school hours.

"If a community member calls and says I would really like the choral program or the madrigals to come and sing at Christmas time that make those arrangements," said Karen Steves, director of student service at Washington Community High School. "They give those performances whenever they can."

Thanks to Lara the school's choir and madrigal performances often hit a high note. But sometimes finding the resources to pay for things like robes and equipment can be a game of musical chairs.

During football season Lara and her choir students raise money by working in the stadium parking lot. And there's the occasional fundraiser. But with budgets being tight singing for your supper isn't as simple as it used to be.

Washington's choral program is the recipient of a $1,000 One Class at a Time grant from HOI 19 News CEFCU.