“FrontRow to Go” Enhances 1st Grade Learning

Published: January 15, 2013


The students in Travis Willoughby’s 1st grade class at West Elementary are moving to the front of class, in a manner of speaking! With the help of a $750 grant from the Idaho CapEd Foundation, a new classroom PA system will be purchased to help children in the back of the room hear Travis as well as the children in the front. Many children struggle with hearing, and the “FrontRow to Go” PA system doesn’t just make things louder, it makes them clearer.


FrontRow to Go is a portable, all-in-one sound system for classrooms and instructors. Research has shown that students from all demographics, not just English Language Learners and special needs groups, can benefit from clear sound projection. Travis expects to see growth in test scores, and improved learning in all areas. Not only will this project improve the education of this years students, but years of students to come.


“I truly believe that this project will benefit hundreds and thousands of students over the years to come.”

-Travis Willoughby

 CapEd News Release (scroll over to view)



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