One class at a time: La Pine High science teacher receives $500 for new equipment and supplies

LA PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Longtime science and math teacher Joe Padilla is thrilled to start the school year at La Pine High School with a $500 donation from the Mid Oregon Credit Union as part of the One Class at a Time program.

“Science equipment is updating, and so is technology in our world. It’s expensive to keep the classroom up to date,” he explained recently.

Padilla students will now have access to new Vernier probes to measure UV radiation while studying the seasons.

“One of the labs we do is testing the SPF of sunscreens. Students can see that it really works,” he said.

Padilla knows that hands-on learning can sometimes be more effective than what students find in a book or online.

Student Grace Bays agrees: “I want to get into the medical field, and I think that will carry over to what I do later working with equipment.”

The $500 in probes will benefit dozens of La Pine High’s 400 students.

Presenting the check on September 14 had special meaning for Tiffany Zeiler: “I attended La Pine High School and took science classes in that same hall, so it’s really fun to come back and represent the Mid Oregon Credit Union.”

NewsChannel 21 is partnering with the credit union on the One Class at a Time program. $500 recipients are selected monthly during the school year. Teachers interested in asking for help should contact their principals with ideas.

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