One Class at a Time: Oakdale Elementary

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — An Oakdale Elementary School teacher was surprised by our One Class at a Time team this week!

Ms. Lesley Vinzant has an extra $1,000 to spend on her fine arts program. She teaches her student’s music education; like how to play drums, recorders, and xylophones. Vinzant believes that music education is something that can help her students throughout their lives.

Sharing her personal love for music is her passion.

“I think kids that sometimes don’t excel in other subjects are going to come into music and that’s going to be a safe place and a place for them to learn and have fun,” Vinzant said.

She plans to use her $1,000 grant to buy personal instruments for her students.

“I think I’m going to be able to purchase recorders for all my fourth and fifth-grade students. And I believe I’ll have some left over to buy the curriculum, the books and the CDs that go with it. I think it’s going to be great,” said Vinzant.

Her focus is giving her students a head start in music. She hopes they will develop a love for music that will carry on for the rest of their lives.

“It helps them to read music. It gives them a love for music. And they can even play songs on (their recorders) and take them home and have them for the rest of their lives,” Vinzant said.

To the generous sponsors of One Class at a Time; America’s First Financial, Little Caesars and Pepsi, Vinzant says it is hard to express her gratitude adequately.

“It means so much to these kids. Just a little simple thing like a recorder that doesn’t cost that much just means the world to them. So it’s going to be very special,” said Vinzant.

If you would like to win a One Class at a Time grant, all you have to do is click here and tell us why your class deserves the money. Next week, we might stop by your school with a giant check in hand!

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