HELENA — This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is Central Elementary School music teacher Abby Nyhof.
Nyhof is making sure all of her students have the opportunity to learn an instrument.
Members of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise her at Central with a $250 check.
Nyhoff teaches her third, fourth and fifth grade students how to play the ukulele.
The money from the grant will be used to buy a couple new ukuleles, some new strings for the old ones.
Nyhof said the ukulele is a great beginner instrument with a quick learning curve that the kids love.
“It’s so accessible for little hands because it’s a small body instrument and only has four strings,” said Nyhof. “It’s more accessible than the guitar, especially for beginners.In the span of a couple weeks were able to learn a couple chords and start accompanying ourselves while we’re singing.”
Nyhof said she’s thankful for the support from One Class at a Time to address a specific need in her classroom.
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.