HELENA — This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is Broadwater Elementary teacher Paula Hovley.
Hovley is helping her students improving their reading skills with stories that relate to their lives.
Members of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise her at Broadwater Elementary with a $250 check.
The money will be used to buy class sets of new novels for the students to study.
Hovley said novel study can help students reflect while making connections to their fellow students and their community.
“Nowadays it seems like all the new novels are really reaching out to students personal experiences, such as friendships, having certain disabilities or being different from others,” said Hovley. “When they read novels and they make those connections it really is meaningful.”
Hovley added teachers often spend a lot of money on their own classrooms, and is very thankful for this 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.