This week’s One Class At A Time recipient is second grade teacher Emily Hankins of Kessler Elementary School.
Hankins is integrating modern technologies to make math more engaging and fun to learn for her students.
Kim Kellogg and Rebecca Meidinger of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise Hankins in her classroom with a $250 check.
The money from the grant will be used to buy hands-on “Osmo” games for her classroom iPads.
Hankins said the games help her students learn money practices in a fun way while allowing them to become better experienced with technology.
“The wave of the future is so much on technology so we really want to get the kids comfortable with that technology at a young age,” said Hankins. “Kind of give them that exposure to it so that they can kind of decide if that’s their love and if that’s the way they learn.”
Hankins added smaller things like games and activities often come out of the teacher’s own pocket so this is great support.
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