MISSOULA – This week’s winner of a Republic Services and KPAX-TV One Class at a Time Grant is a 6th grade social studies teacher from Target Range School.
Jen Belcourt received a $250 check from KPAX-TV General Manager, Bob Hermes which she is putting to use by providing her students with flexible seating.
Belcourt said she did two years of research to seek out exactly what she was looking for. The new seating includes specially made benches, bean bags, and rocking chairs. She loves the results she’s seen, as students have been more engaged when they feel comfortable.
“If you are restless and you want to stand up one day, you don’t have to sit in the chairs for 45 minutes. If you want to lay down to read your book you can do that. It gives them different options and I’ve noticed that behavior issues have gone way down,” Belcourt said.