QUINCY, Ill. (KHQA) — Classrooms look a little different this year but the passion to educate students remains the same.
KHQA and our sponsors, Continental Cement, Green America Recycling, and Doors 'N More are proud to once again award an excellent educator through our One Class at a Time initiative.
Liberty Schools Title 1 and reading enthusiast Melissa Seals was surprised to receive the KHQA One Class at a Time grant this month.
But she knows exactly how she plans to spend that $1,000 making sure her students have books to read.
"That's my passion, that kids have books in hand and at home. I want them to have a collection of books that they can always have at the house to instill that love of reading," Seals said.
Seals organizes several book giveaways throughout the school year, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that looked.
"We usually do a family read night. Because of 2020 we couldn't, so we modified it and gave all K-6th graders books. They get to pick it our take it home and keep it forever."
Whether students read at school or at home, Seals says she understands that all kids learn differently and at different levels.
"Reading isn't easy for everyone so that's what I do all day. I try and make it exciting because it's not easy for everyone," She said.
Seals' passion for reading and her encouragement to her students have allowed her to give hundreds of books away each year.
She knows the One Class at a Time grant will bring smiles, adventures and new discoveries for students.