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by Amanda Fanger

Children’s laughter and sounds of playing fill the air during recess at Webster Area schools, but now – thanks to the innovation and creativity of one eighth grade student – those same kids can make music of a different kind.

Last week Teagan Miller delivered to the school playground a homemade musical station filled with percussion instruments. It was built for a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project called “Recycle Redesign.”

The brightly colored music station features four sides of different percussion style instruments. Almost all of it is made from recycled materials.

The idea for the project came when Miller and her family vacationed to Lake Okoboji in Iowa last summer; near the beach there, there was a small park with musical instruments.
“I thought it’d be cool to have one in Webster,” Miller said.

For the design of the musical station, Miller looked to online social media sites – like Pinterest – for ideas. It only took her a matter of days to put together the design plan.

Collecting the scraps of recycled materials took about a month. Miller used things like coffee pot funnels, PVC pipes, wedding bell decorations, grain bin panels, screwdrivers, kitchen spatulas and more.

With the help of her dad, Dale, Miller worked out of the family garage on the construction of the station for two weeks. The music station was delivered to the playground March 20.

So far, Miller said it seems like students have been enjoying the addition to the playground. She’s seen many elementary kids making up tunes during recess.

Although Miller doesn’t consider herself a musician, her mom Amy said she has a guitar and piano in her room that she plays around with and that she’s been in band and choir before.

In a couple of weeks, Miller will take a display with the music station’s design process to the ­FCCLA state competition in Sioux Falls April 2-4. This is Miller’s second year in FCCLA.

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