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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Donna Niblett has been a special education teacher for nearly 40 years. For the past six years, she’s taught students at Holt High School.
Her passion has been plugging her students into a community-based work training program.
“For these students, working is what they’re gonna be able to do,” Niblett said. “They’re not going to have many other options in their life. So, if they don’t learn job skills and get out in the community and work, they’re very limited.”
Niblett has faced a number of obstacles to keep the program going, though.
Just four years ago, the state told her they didn’t have enough money for a bus driver.
What did Niblett do? She went out and got a commercial driver’s license so she could drive the kids in the bus.
“They didn’t really think I would do it. So, I went and got my CDL and said, ‘Okay now, I upheld my end of the bargain and want y’all to do what you said,’ which was to provide the fuel,” she said.
But then she faced another challenge.
The money from the state that was set aside for the bus fuel ran out.
No money, no gas, no work program.
But that didn’t phase Niblett. She figured here was another way to get some gas money.
In fact, she applied for CBS42’s One Class At A Time grant. And she won.
She’s a proud winner of the $1,000 grant, which will go a long way to helping her program continue.
CBS42’s co-sponsors for the One Class At A Time project are Pepsi and America’s First Financial.
To apply, click here.
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