LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Cavazos Middle School teacher Sydney Kim is the ninth recipient of KCBD's One Class At A Time donation and recognition sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive.
Through online nominations, Kim was selected to receive a check for $500. The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity or non-profit that will also receive $500.
"This is my second year of teaching at Cavazos," Kim said. "So, to have so many kids actually write in things, it meant a lot. It meant that the relationships I've made with these kids last year definitely had an effect on them."
Kim teaches Structure & Design as well as Photography. She says she strives to give her students the skills to become the next generation of architects, engineers and artists that will shape society for the better. With the additional funding, she hopes to provide much needed materials in her classroom.
"They deserve to have this opportunity," Kim said. "I think it just opens the doorway and clears the pathway for them to let their creativity and innovations run wild. It helps out a lot."
Kim chose BLNKA to receive the additional $500. This is a new non-profit that works to promote the architecture and history of Lubbock, as well as the work of local artists.
"It allows to give a voice or a vocalization to actual artists in the community that have a lot to give," Kim said.
While coordinating with other local arts organizations, BLNKA primarily sets up pop-up art exhibits in and around abandoned buildings in downtown Lubbock. Some of the work displayed are pieces created by Kim's students.
"Those buildings are gorgeous but if you really look at them, they're just empty and our goal is to get them filled and connect that bridge between the art districts," Kim said.
BLNKA recently began organizing downtown arts festivals and hopes to continue similar events. For more information on BLNKA, click here.
This is the final KCBD One Class At A Time for the 2017-2018 school year. Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive donated $9,000 to local teachers and charities across the South Plains.
"It's just been great," Frontier Dodge General Manager Rick Harrison said. "It's an eye opener. We're blessed we have teachers that are so involved and want to see the kids go to the next level and not just through the day."
For more information on One Class At A Time, click here.