Buffalo Teacher Making Good Things Happen For Students

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW )- Buffalo Public School Teachers say it's the little things that go a long way.

"I just get excited that there is money available to help the kids learning," Teacher Lori Pasquarella said.

Lori Pasquarella was one of the recipients of a $150 grant sponsored by the non-profit Buffalo Teachers Foundation. Pasquarella said money helped her build an entire lesson for her students to enjoy.

"I try and think of something creative using visual, textile, anything that would enhance learning," Pasquarella said.

Liz Zulawski with the Buffalo Public School Foundation said its money for a good cause.

"I think it's a good example of how a little money can do a lot. You saw Ms. Pasquarella's story braids for $150 it really drives home a lesson plan," Zulawski said.

Pasquarella came up with what she calls "story braids" which helps the student understand elements of the stories they read in class.

"Just when they're writing a story you have to remember the setting so we have a globe. Then, there is a kickoff event," Pasquarella said.

Teachers across the district applied for a grant by writing about their innovative ideas within the classroom. This school year, 46 teachers were chosen to receive the money.

"We had the story braids. We had a great project about a sound problem in their room. There were elements to exercising yoga in the classroom," Zulawski said.

The foundation will soon be taking applications for the next round of grants that they hope will enhance education for students in the up coming school year. Pasquarella said whether it's one dollar a million, every penny counts

"It really doesn't matter. Even the little amount counts, it is the little things that count," Pasquarella said.