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: Up-to-date textbooks

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Alternative schools are not always a top priority when it comes to education funding. Students say that can mean less than optimal supplies.

  • One Class at a Time: Science projects on a budget

    MANITO, Ill. -- Getting money for special projects can be really hard if you're a teacher working in a small rural school district.

  • One Class at a Time: Headphones help in the classroom

    Tonight's One Class at a Time look back takes us to Woodrow Wilson School in Peoria.

  • One Class at a Time: Teacher uses technology to boost interaction

    METAMORA, Ill. -- A teacher in Metamora uses her $1,000 “One Class at a Time” grant to get her students to interact with her more.

  • 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.