One Class At A Time: Kellie Schlepp

Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 13:45:27-05

This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is second-grade teacher Kellie Schlepp of Rossiter Elementary School.

Schlepp is helping her students stay focused and have meaningful, independent learning activities throughout the day.

Mylii Hamilton & Amanda Pearson of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise Schlepp in her classroom with a $250 check.

The money from the grant will be used to buy supplies to create STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) bins which will include puzzles and other educational activities.

Schlepp said the bins help motivate the students to complete their work and provides learning opportunities during that down time.

“That’s the biggest question I get, ‘I’m done, now what do I do?’ and so with this, it will help me just provide engaging activities for them to do when they’re finished,” said Schlepp.

Schlepp said the grant goes a long way in classrooms and thanked One Class At A Time and First Interstate Bank for continuing to provide support to educators and classrooms.

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.

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What is “One Class at a Time?”
“One Class at a Time” is a joint effort between Montana’s News Station and First Interstate Bank to help fulfill needs of area schools. The KXLH program serves Helena area schools.

Each week during the school year, a representative from First Interstate Bank and a KXLH reporter will visit the selected classroom to receive that week’s grant. The teacher and class are presented a check for $250 to assist the class in attaining their goals. The winning class is then featured during the Monday 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

What kind of projects are considered for “One Class at a Time” grants?
There are so many different type of projects submitted! Some examples: digital video recorder for a dance class; hardcover journals for students; parts for an auto mechanics class; crafts supplies to build scale models; and science kits to supplement textbooks.

Who can apply for a “One Class at a Time” grant?
Teachers, parents, students or anyone who is aware of a special project that would enhance the educational objectives in a classroom can apply from Aug. 1 through April 1. This program is currently available to schools located in the KXLH Helena viewing area. If you are unsure if your school is located in an area serviced by one of these TV stations, please contact Chad McMillan at or 406-457-2741.

How can I apply for the grant?
Applicants can apply by clicking this link to the First Interstate Bank website. You may submit either the application online or print and mail the form and any attachments to:
One Class at a Time
P.O. Box 7479
Helena, Montana, 59604

How often can I apply?
There is no limit to the number of projects or times you can apply. The applications are considered for the entire 2018-2019 academic school year.

Who determines which class will receive the award?
The awards are chosen by a committee that meets the second week of each month. The committee members include employees of Montana’s News Station and First Interstate Bank, as well as area educators.

How many applications do you receive?
We received more than 100 applications during the past school year. Each year we receive applications for worthy projects that we may not be able to fund due to time constraints. Please re-apply if your special project was not chosen in the past. Our goal is to enhance our area students’ educational experience “One Class at a Time.”

For more information, please contact:
Chad McMillan
Sales & Marketing Coordinator