One Class At A Time: Atkins Middle School band director, Communities in Schools awarded $500

One Class at a Time: Atkins Middle School

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Atkins Middle School teacher Kelli Stevens is the eighth 2018-2019 recipient of KCBD’s One Class At A Time $500 donation and recognition sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive.

“For me to be selected for One Class at a Time, I’m humbled and I was very surprised because there are so many awesome educators in the Lubbock area,” Stevens said. “To be considered among them, it really humbled me and blew me away. This money will help our band program and help us give more experiences to our students.”

Stevens is in her second year as Head Band Director at the Lubbock ISD school. Nominators wrote to KCBD saying she inspires her students every day and as helped them reach new heights in terms of becoming an award-winning band program.

“It makes me feel very appreciated, for people to recognize my heart for students that I work with,” Stevens said. “I really do put them first and think about them first and try to make their experience in band and in school the best it can be.”

The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity or non-profit that will also receive $500. Stevens chose Communities in Schools of the South Plains.

“Our school would not be the same place without Communities in Schools,” Stevens said. “They do so many things for so many of our students from providing food to providing their clothes to wear for the school standardized dress, helping them get to doctors appointments or to get glasses that they need, helping their families. Their impact, it can’t be measured for what they had to do for their school.”

Atkins Middle School is one of several schools the organization is staffing with professionals to ensure students have the resources they need to stay in school.

“That 500 dollars is the difference in a family having a full meal to eat or a child going home to nothing,” Alexis Milligian, Site Coordinator for Atkins Middle School, said. “That money is going to be used for many programs. That’s for food. That’s for clothing, shoes, school supplies, backpacks. A lot of our kids don’t have socks or underwear. It’s going to be for the basic needs, the stuff we take for granted every day, some of our students don’t have. That money, those funds are going to making a difference in the lives of some of our students.”

As Stevens continues providing an excellent education for students, she hopes Atkins Middle School becomes recognized around Lubbock for its band program.

“Sometimes people don’t know how awesome Atkins Middle School really is and I hope to change that with what we are doing with the band,” Stevens said.

To nominate a teacher for the One Class at a Time recognition, click here.

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