Holly Mottern, first-grade teacher at Happy Valley Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Mottern is using the grant to purchase a large classroom rug for her students to gather on during lessons and read aloud story times.

“A classroom rug allows children to gather and gain a sense of community within our room,” Mottern said. “Students will be able to enjoy read alouds along with whole group interactive lessons rather than having to remain at their desks for long periods of time.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:  www.BeMyCU.org.