MISSOULA — Our first One Class at a Time grant winner for the new school year is McKenna Quinn of Bonner School.
She teaches seventh and eighth-grade English and loves to find books that her students will devour. With the $250 grant, Quinn will purchase material that will enhance what she calls her "book club."
The program focuses on one particular genre at a time, but Quinn told us through laryngitis, that each student can read a "work" that interests them.
"Instead of the whole class reading the same novel, small groups of students get to read their own novel, sort of like a mini book club,” Quinn said.
“But the whole class will be reading the same genre. What I like about book club is that it gives students a choice in what they reach, which is something I really believe strongly in."
Despite a suspect voice, you can hear Quinn's passion for learning.
"I just care so much about getting quality books into the hands of kids, that I'm so lucky to work at a school that values literacy as much as I do."