1+1 Winner: Holly Mehlhaff

RAPID CITY S.D. — Every school year many teachers end up spending their own money to help fund student projects. NewsCenter1 and First Interstate Bank have teamed up to help teachers by awarding 500-dollar “1+1” grants.

Our latest recipient is a fifth-grade teacher at Blackhawk Elementary, Holly Mehlhaff- and her grant will help her students help their community.

Mehlhaff says her fifth-graders at Blackhawk Elementary School have a desire to spread kindness throughout their school, and their community.

She’s created a “Kindness Team” in her classroom, and that’s just what they are going to do with their 1+1 grant from First Interstate Bank and NewsCenter1.

“I think this team has done a really nice job of brainstorming things that they’d like to help out with in the community. And so some of the things that they have come up with are making fleece blankets for the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, painting coffee mugs and giving them to nursing homes in our community,” says Mehlhaff.

“The Kindness Team mostly helps with things like Thankful Thursdays and helping the community and stuff,” says Kindness team member Izabella Hale.

Other projects the Kindness Team has considered include cards for residents of assisted living and retirement homes, and possible working with Black Hills Works.

“The idea of creating a Kindness Team and giving back to the community was really appealing to us. At First Interstate Bank, one of our core values is that we’re committed to our communities, and what better way to give back to our communities than to donate money to a teacher who’s doing amazing things in the community all day every day,” stated Ingrid Reuter of First Interstate Bank.

If you know a teacher who deserves a 1+1 grant, or your a teacher with a project that a grant would help, you can submit a nomination here

Categories: 1+1 Giveaway, Local News