1+1 Winner: Shane Whidby

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A middle school teacher is excited to give his students a broad world view with newly acquired book funds.

Shane Whidby teaches seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts at South Middle School. He's the latest recipient of the NewsCenter1 and First Interstate Banks 1+1 Giveaway. 

Every two weeks, an educator is chosen to receive this $500 dollar grant to use toward a project or unique way of educating they would otherwise have to pay for out of pocket.

Whidby wants to teach his students history of the Black Hills and of World War II with a book written by Jack Vandergeest, who lived in Rapid City. He says this is a great way to bring a local and international piece of the world into the classroom. Whidby hopes to focus on Vandergeest's life during the war.

“I 100 percent think that the kids will love the book and they will react to it very well,” Whidby said. 

NewsCenter1 and First Interstate Bank are proud to help fund this project. First Interstate Bank Commercial Loan Officer Katie Hammer says its going to be huge because he doesn’t have to worry about where the funds are coming from.

“It’s nice to be able to support the teachers and enable them to be creative and do things for the classroom that are really going to benefit the kids."

To submit nominations for the 1+1 Giveaway, click here. View other winners here.

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