This week’s One Class At A Time recipient is Smith Elementary School third grade teacher Amy Jacobs.
Jacobs is working to help her elementary students learn to love reading.
Brady Kirkeby from First Interstate Bank was joined by KXLH to surprise Jacobs with a $250 check.
Jacobs wants her students to be voracious readers. She will use the money from the grant to purchase new books that better appeal and interest the young readers.
Jacobs said it can be challenging to get students to enjoy reading when many of her books were old and damaged.
“Some are just very outdated,” noted Jacobs. “I have one that was published in 1981, the kids I don’t think ever pick that one up. It just doesn’t appeal to them anymore, they don’t find it engaging at all. So I want to find books that they find the topics engaging. There’s so many new, wonderful books out there plus some of our old classics that I’d like to update so they’re not so worn.”
Jacobs wants to thank everyone involved in the grant for helping foster children’s literacy in schools.
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