Officials from Montana Tech and KXLF stopped by the Center for Excellence in Anaconda January 12, 2017, to surprise students with the presentation of an oversized check. A $ 250 grant, the two organizations have joined together to help schools in Southwest Montana fund special class objectives.
Center for Excellence teacher Kari Hoscheid applied for the $ 250 grant called One Class at a Time back in December. Her purpose in applying was to secure funds to purchase books for the classroom.
Hoscheid says with the grant she’ll purchase four titles that are “high interest but an easy read.” They are for the older kids but can also be used for higher level readers at a younger age.
“The stories are based on being an under-dog and dealing with difficult circumstances in life, which our kids can relate to,” Hoscheid said.
She plans on purchasing 10 of each book, including Stargirl, Wringer, Mania Magee and Crash all by Jerry Spinelli.
Chet Layman, news reporter at KXLF, announced the grant along with Montana Tech representative, Brandon McLean, TRiO Coordinator for Anaconda.
During the visit, the TV news reporter interviewed several of the kids, taking a few moments to get to know them and asking why they like to read.
Layman said he was a classroom teacher way before he was a news reporter. He told Hoscheid that he understood the need for the books and was excited to offer the grant to the school.
If you’d like to see the grant announcement and kids’ interview, tune into KXLF Monday nights. The Center for Excellence One Class at a Time grant acceptance video is about two weeks out.