BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Arisha Bolden was just as excited as her students to find out that she was this week’s winner of CBS42’s One Class At A Time grant program. As such, she’ll receive $1,000 to use for her class at Bush K-8 in Birmingham.
Bolden teaches language arts at the school, and she didn’t waste any time revealing how she’ll spend the money on her students.
“One of my goals for this money is to find [the students] some materials that will help them,” Bolden said. “Different novels they’re interested in, that they will want to read. Nowadays, kids have the desire, to want to read.”
Bolden wants her seventh and eighth grade students to be ready when they take the ACT Aspire assessment test.
She plans to buy books that are relevant to their lives, such as things they are interested in nowadays.
Winning the One Class At A Time grant seems to validate that Bolden is in the right career.
During Christmas break, she saw a former student who thanked her for being firm with him during his middle school days.
“He was like, ‘Ms. Bolden! Thank you so much.’ He told me, ‘You were hard on me for a reason. Those essays you told us about,’ he had to write them in college,” Bolden explained. “So he said, ‘Thank you so much.’”
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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