HELENA — This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is Jim Darcy third grade teacher Brenna Stefanik.
Stefanik is working to make sure every student is staying engaged in her classroom, even after their work is completed.
Members of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise her at Jim Darcy Elementary with a $250 check.
The money from the grant will be used to purchase building materials for the kids to work with once they’ve completed their assignments, such as legos, cardboard blocks and magnitiles.
Stefanik said her goal is to maximize the amount of time students are using their brains while also having fun.
“We have them for such a short amount of time that we need to make every single minute of school worthwhile for those kids,” said Stefanik.
The grant money will allow Stefanik to build at least 4 building material bins for her classroom.
“Unless something is one sale, then we’ll get as much as we can,” she said. “That you so much for the 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.