Music teacher awarded Excellence in Education

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A teacher at a Reno elementary school is passing on her love of music to students, and her impact is music to our ears!

News 4's Shelby Sheehan surprised Elmcrest Elementary School music teacher Melanie Graber with our Excellence inEducation Award in the company of students and staff.

Graber is in her 10th year of teaching.

Not only does she teach music to pre-K through 6th grade students, she meets with students out of class to help them with their band performance and hand bells.

The principal at the school says there isn't a place on campus you won't find her -- on the playground, at the student store or helping to cover for another teacher.

Graber says music was an outlet for her growing up, dealing with the ups and downs of life. She hopes passing on her love of music will give the students and gift they can use forever.

Congratulations to Melanie Graber, News 4's Excellence in Education Award Winner!

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