This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is music teacher Tamara Ashley of Jim Darcy Elementary School.
Ashley is working to make sure every student has the opportunity to participate in her music classes.
Filomena Huff & Vicki Thomas of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise Ashley in her classroom with a $250 check.
The money from the grant will be used to purchase a 12 inch tubano drum that will be used as another instrument opportunity for the students.
Ashley added providing those opportunities help foster musical growth and hopes to one day have a 2-to-1 ratio of students to instruments.
“During music when we use the instruments, it’s so important that each student has their own instrument during that time,” said Ashley. “They’re just so much more involved in the learning process and have the opportunity to experience different instrument types.”
Ashley also wants to thank everyone involved with One Class at a Time for the support and can’t wait to get the new drum for her students.
For more than a decade, First Interstate Bank and MTN have partnered for the One Class at a Time grant.
The mission of the grant is to foster educational opportunities for local teachers and students.
A panel of retired teachers and school officials select the grant recipients from a pool of submitted applications.
For more information about One Class at a Time, including how to apply, visit here.
-Reported by John Riley/MTN News