Eau Claire (WQOW) - A $500 grant will help a group of local students get out of the classroom.Melissa Gunnes teaches special education at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. Her students are learning ways to increase their independence, and that means learning how to make lists and go grocery shopping, or how to order a meal at a restaurant and pay the bill. All skills that are hard to learn within the four walls of the classroom.
"Our ultimate goal with any of our kids is getting them out as much as possible and being able to be as independent as possible in the community, and active members and our community and society," said Gunnes.
On Monday, Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18, along with Royal Credit Union and Fired Up Pizza, gave Melissa a $500 Tools for Schools award. That money will help pay for field trips throughout the school year, where the students can learn those independence skills. Melissa and her students were excited to hear the news!"I jumped up and down like a small child at Christmastime. Very, very excited," said Gunnes. "My kids kinda knew something was going on, and then I ran around telling everyone!"
WQOW News 18 was just as happy to help Melissa out and all of her wonderful students at Memorial.Click here if you'd like to apply for the next $500 Tools for Schools award.