Priest River teacher receives grant for class library | Community Spirit
A Priest River teacher is excited to fill her classroom bookshelves this fall with the help of a $2500 grant from Farmer's Insurance.
First-grade teacher Jessica Randolph was one of just 30 teachers to be honored in this round of Farmer's “Thank A Million Teachers”initiative, inviting America to offer heartfelt thank to teachers for their positive impact on students and communities across the United States.
Jessica says it was her Farmer's agent who nominated her for Thanks a Million, then asked clients to vote for her proposal and even garnered support in the local newspaper.
“My proposal was for books for my classroom library,” Jessica said. “It was really tough last year and I had to borrow books. My students loved to read, and by the end of the year they even wanted to take books with them out onto the playground.”
While this grant is being used exclusively for her class library, Jessica says her ultimate goal is to put more technology into her students hands.
“I'm going to be writing another grant trying to get funds for a smart board,” she said. “Last year I wrote a grant for iPads, and now I'm trying to get a listening center that would allow several students to listen to a story on the iPad at once.”
If you're interested in helping Jessica build her library or reach her technology goals, you can drop donations off at Priest River Elementary or donate online at adoptaclassroom.org.