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One Class at a Time: Rattlesnake Elementary School

Posted: 9:58 AM, Jun 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-05 11:58:57-04

MISSOULA – Our final One Class at a Time winner of the school year is Rattlesnake Elementary School music teacher Renie Gibson.

Gibson received a $250 check thanks to Republic Services and KPAX-TV.

Her fifth grade music class is closing out the school year with the African Folk Tale, “Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.”

The performance will include a shadow play, and Gibson’s young musicians playing instruments and dancing.

In order to help her students immerse themselves in the African Culture — and the meaning behind the play — she used the money to buy Dashiki’s, which are multi-colored shirts the students will be wearing.

“We want to give the kids a chance to, being in Montana, to step into a different world, to step into the African folk tales,” Gibson said.

“They know a lot of American folk tales, but this gives them a chance to have a little bit of an opportunity to learn about a different culture,” she concluded.

-Russ Thomas reporting for MTN News