MONROE CITY, Mo. (KHQA) — The first half of the school year is wrapping up, but thanks to our One Class At A Time grant, a Tri-State educator will get to spend part of her Christmas vacation getting new and fun materials for her students to start off the new school year after Christmas
On behalf of our sponsors Doors 'N More, we introduce you to our latest One Class At A Time Grant recipient.
Adrian Mehrer is a speech and language pathologist at Monroe City R-1 School District.
For the past two years, Mehrer has been passionate about making sure her kids continue to boost their exposure to diverse, educational, and functional language.
"COVID made a big difference. We are seeing a lot of kids that have limited language exposure, and so being able to use these themes and expose them to things they might not have been exposed to when they were younger," Mehrer said.
The themes Mehrer is referring to are materials and supplies that are focused on one topic or holiday to engage the kids and also help them learn.
"Right now we have been working with Christmas themes and doing a lot literacy activities, as well as working with various language concepts," said Mehrer.
With the One Class At A Times $1,000 grant, more themed kits will be able to be purchased to help in her students' succeed to meet their specific needs.
"It started with a lot of free material, but there's so many materials that we would like to add on—especially literacy things. So we're able to use this money to hopefully build those up and use those in our classroom and our therapy everyday," Mehrer said.
Returning to the school she grew up in was a dream of Mehrer’s and now with help of the grant, she can continue to make a positive impact on her school district.
One Class At A Time grant helps speech therapist get materials to aid students