Willow Bend Elementary School 5th grade science teacher Cheri Hurley is the seventh recipient of KCBD's One Class At A Time donation sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive.
"I tell you what I like about this, it's local," General Manager of Frontier Dodge Rick Harrison said. "We get to see the impact of our kids in the communities. We live here. We work here. Our kids go to school here and it's nice to keep everything local because you can see the immediate impact you can have and see the growth of the organization."
Through online nominations, Hurley was selected to receive a check for $500 to use in her classroom in Frenship ISD. The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity that will also receive $500.
"It's amazing," Hurley said. "We have lots of things we can use this for as far as resources for the classroom. I do a lot of flexible seating and a lot of fun stuff. We have a circuits system that we do so it's going to come in handy for a lot of good things."
Hurley chose Communities in Schools of the South Plains to receive the addition funding.
"They do so much for Willow Bend," Hurley said. "They help our families out through many different ways, through enrichment, parenting programs, food bags all kinds of stuff. They are an amazing program we are blessed to have at our school."
Communities in Schools works to bridge the gap between school and home life through mentoring programs, helping with job applications or benefits, rides to doctors appointments and much more.
"We are really excited to receive [the donation]," Program Director Vanessa Lee said. "It's a big blessing. It's going to help support our students with any needs that they have in their families, whether that's clothing, food, materials for the life skills programs that we do on campus. It's a really big deal to help us out in the area."
One Class At A Time is an effort to make sure South Plains students have a bright future by supporting excellent teachers and organizations that also work to shape the younger generations.
"We want to make sure that our schools are taken care of one child at a time," General Manager of Spirit Automotive Kyle Porras said. "We want to make sure everyone is taken care of as far as giving back to the school and giving back to our community and make sure these kids get the proper education that they need."
To nominate a teacher, click here.