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    The education of our children is a priority and concern for everyone living in the Heart of Illinois. Our news coverage is full of the financial problems school districts face, from closing and consolidating schools, to increasing class sizes...the list goes on and on. In fact, the cuts have gone so deep many teachers are digging into their own pockets to buy needed supplies for their classrooms.

    So, what's the solution? Does the responsibility lie in the hands of the teachers? Parents? Taxpayers?

    The truth is, if we all share responsibility for the problems...and the solutions. That's why we believe it's time to make more than every second count — it's time to make Every Classroom Count.

    HOI 19 Kids Count and CEFCU will award $1,000 grants bi-weekly to Heart of Illinois classrooms. If you know of classroom that is in need of money for supplies, classroom tools or other educational necessities then apply for an HOI 19 Kids Count One Class at a Time Grant. Grant application forms can also be picked up at WHOI-TV during normal business hours.

    Preschool to High School classrooms are eligible, and must be located in one of the following counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, Fulton, Mason, Stark, Marshall, Putnam, or Livingston County. All grant applications will be evaluated and awarded by our Kids Count Advisory Board comprised of educators, community leaders, and CEFCU and HOI 19 staff committee members.

  • One Class at a Time: Science teacher reaches for the moon

    FORREST, Ill -- Scott Saffer at Prairie Central Junior High is awarded a $1,000 One Class at a Time grant.

  • One Class at a time: Helping announcements become a production

    PEORIA, Ill -- The morning announcements at Franklin Primary are anything but boring. The students literally make it a production. Now, they need the help of a One Class at a Time grant.

  • One Class at a Time: Helping students speak out

    WYOMING, Ill. -- Taylor Anderson loves the young kids with whom she works at Stark County Elementary School. She's a speech pathologist, and the winner of the HOI 19 news and CEFCU One Class at a Time $1,000 grant.

  • One Class at a Time: Reading program needs a boost

    EL PASO, Ill -- First Grade is a key year for students to grow their reading skills. At one school they have a program to help with that, but it needs a little help of its own.

  • One Class at a Time: Teaching Life Skills to students with intellectual disabilities

    BARTONVILLE, Ill -- Some Heart of Illinois teachers believe teaching children certain skills at an early age can make them more successful in the future. That is especially the case for students with intellectual disabilities.

  • One Class: A lesson from the classroom to the dinner table

    PEORIA, Ill -- There's a focus across the country on teaching students healthy living, but one local school is taking it to the next level with the help of a HOI 19 and CEFCU $1,000 One Class at a Time grant.

  • One Class at a Time: Bully prevention

    PEORIA, Ill. -- An estimated 1 in 4 children are bullied on a regular basis in the United States.

  • One Class at a Time: Money to help learning in simple way

    PEORIA, Ill -- Mary Venzon teaches 2nd grade at Woodrow Wilson, but she is using the grant money to help more than just her classroom.

  • One Class at a Time: Ukuleles will strum new life into classroom

    PEORIA, Ill -- A local music teacher is trying to strum new life into her classroom with the help of a $1,000 One Class at a Time grant.