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: Lincoln Elementary School

    Budget cuts in Pontiac's school district are not leaving students with many options when it comes to Arts, technology and extra curricular activities. But as HOI 19's Denise Jackson reports this week's One Class at a Time Winner is getting high marks for reviving a popular class.

  • One Class at a Time: Harrison

    PEORIA, Ill. -- Some teachers get the added benefit of working at a brand new school. But that does not mean they're able to overcome learning challenges facing many students

  • One Class at a Time: Oakdale Elementary School

    NORMAL, Ill. -- Oakdale Elementary School teacher Nikki Giosta's uses story time to reinforce English speaking skills to her first grade students, especially those from foreign countries.

  • One Class At a Time: Manual Academy

    In today's world of tablets and computers, lots of paper is still used in schools. The end result piles of paper to throw in garbage cans. Students at Manual Academy say recycling would help the growing paper problem.

  • One Class: Robert Jamison School

    PEORIA, Ill. -- Teaching autistic children often times requires lots of attention from teachers and staff. Our One Class at A Time Winner is receiving tools, designed to help students with life skills.

  • One Class at a Time: Olympia Middle School

    Science teachers are always looking for creative ways to teach their students. Now, there are new standards that make it even a bigger challenge.

  • 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.