One Class at a Time: Westhills Elementary School


BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — It was a welcome distraction when Little Caesar interrupted Ms. Shernetta Bell’s class Tuesday morning. With only a few days until summer vacation, the 3rd grade teacher is already thinking about how she can improve her classroom for the 2016-2017 school year.

Bell has taught school for 10 years. While it can be a challenging job, she says it’s extremely rewarding.

“We love to work on computers and laptops! Since our school cannot afford to give them to us, we have been trying to find donations. And when I saw this (One Class at a Time grant program), I said, ‘I will try! it never hurts to try,'” Bell said.

With her new grant money, Bell plans to buy a set of classroom laptops. “We have been trying very hard to at least have six or seven laptops in here,” said Bell.

“Just looking at CBS WIAT 42 in the morning, and in the afternoon, and seeing other teachers win, I said, ‘I’m going for it! And I’m going to try! Now, I just thank God that I won,'” Bell said.

One Class at a Time is sponsored by America’s First Financial, Little Caesars and Pepsi. To them, Bell says “thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless you for helping my class and other teachers too!”

To apply for the grant program, CLICK HERE.


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