This week’s One Class At A Time recipient is East Valley Middle School math teacher Miranda Howells.
Howells is helping her middle school students release energy and stay focused in her classroom.
Members of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise Howells in her classroom with a $250 check.
The money from the grant will be used to purchase four wobble stools and additional a wobble cushion to provide alternative seating for the students.
Howells said as adults, people have the ability of get up and move when they need to, but students are often expected to sit in their seats for the entire class period.
“We’ve got some wigglers who I’ve had chairs tip over in the middle of class because they just can’t keep their bodies still,” said Howells. “So hopefully adding a little movement to the classroom and helping them to focus and bring that kind of kinesthetic engagement into their learning.”
Howells added she’s thankful for the support and her students are just as excited as she is to get the new seating implemented.
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