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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: Delavan Elementary School

    DELAVAN, Ill. -- Finding creative ways to teach -- especially in smaller, rural school districts -- can present challenges under tight budgets.

  • One Class at a Time: Norwood Junior High

    PEORIA, Ill. -- Testing theories in science class is a common way of learning. Norwood Junior High school students say they never know what to expect when they come to Anthony Almasi's science class each day.

  • One Class at a Time: Ridgeview Elementary School

    COLFAX, Ill. -- Teacher Chelsea Pipenbrink is in her sixth year of teaching at Ridgeview Elementary School in Colfax, Illinois.

  • One Class a Time: Oak Grove West Junior High

    BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- Teachers say students often get the full benefit from learning when they can test educational theories.

  • One Class at a Time: Squirrel feeding garden

    This week's One Class at a Time winner has found success with a project that's become an attractive teaching tool.

  • 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.