One Class At A Time transitions into the kitchen

Annette Smith receives a check for $1,000, alongside KHQA's Carol Sowers and Quincy University's Ben Braun.

A Quincy teacher plans to bring the kitchen to the classroom thanks to a big check with her name on it.

"I couldn't believe it. I was really excited," Annette Smith, a teacher at Transitions School in Quincy said.

Smith knew her application for KHQA's One Class At A Time was a long shot. But it paid off Tuesday in the form of a $1,000 check. Smith says she's ready to spend every last dollar of it on her students.

"I would like to start a special cooking program for my students here at Transitions to help them become more independent, to help them be able to read recipes with specialized cookbooks with pictures instead of words," Smith said.

"We aim to make our students as independent as possible, especially within the community and doing functional skills. This will just greatly benefit the students to be more independent in the area of cooking," Kelle Schlueter said.

The program would also include special shopping lists and new technology in the kitchen.

"We would like to have a new microwave, because the one we have is not really user friendly for our students. We would also like to have a new toaster with all the buttons that work," Smith said.

Smith's already done her homework on the supplies and appliances needed for the program. She says she'll have it in place in no time.

"I thought it was a great idea. These kids are high school ages kids. They need to be able to learn skills that they can use in their adult life and this is one thing they'll use forever," Jessica Peters, the school's developmental disabilities director said.

"I'm really excited to be able to do this for our students. It'll be a great program for them," Smith said.

If you are a teacher or administrator and are interested in taking part in KHQA's One Class At A Time project, you can apply here.