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