HELENA — This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is Rossiter Elementary School fourth grade teacher Patrick Rieley.
Rieley is helping his students grasp math concepts in fun ways.
Members of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise him at Rossiter with a $250 check.
The money from the grant is being used to buy LEGOs to help the students with math manipulatives and engineering skills.
Rieley says when kids are having fun, it’s easier for them to learn and be engaged in the classroom.
“Every kid likes LEGOs,” said Rieley. “They do have different kinds of math manipulatives, but when you pull the LEGOs out it’s a whole different style of learning that automatically puts a smile on their face.”
Rieley says he’s grateful for the opportunity and knows of 28 children who are also thankful, and excited 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,