One Class At A Time follow-up: Nathan Gregier

Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 00:27:23-05

(GREAT FALLS) Nathan Gregier, a biology teacher at C.M. Russell High School, bought 13 finger pulse oximeters for his class with the help of his recent One Class At A Time grant.

He says hundreds of students will use the devices in a diving response lab. Students submerge their heads in cold water while wearing the oximeters to keep track of oxygen levels and heart rate.

Gregier says the lab provides a real world application for students by having them use data from their bodies to come to a conclusion.

Before the grant, students were relying on mobile apps in the labs which were unreliable and inaccurate.

“There was no baseline of set data, it was all different just not consistent”, said 10th-grade student Marco Larios.

“They don’t work near as well – you don’t get accurate readings, and you can’t do it for the extended periods of time that we need it, so there’s usually pop-ups on the ads or they have to pay for the apps themselves,” said Gregier.

He says the oximeters will not only help his class, but other biology teachers at CMR.

MTN News and First Interstate Bank have formed a partnership to show our commitment to education by offering a weekly grant program called “One Class at a Time.” If you know of a class or school program that could use some extra help, please log in, fill out the application and help us help Montana kids “One Class at a Time.”

What is “One Class at a Time?”
“One Class at a Time” is a joint effort between Montana’s News Station and First Interstate Bank to help fulfill needs of area schools. The KRTV program serves Great Falls area schools.

Each week during the school year, a representative from First Interstate Bank and a KRTV reporter will visit the selected classroom to receive that week’s grant. The teacher and class are presented a check for $250 to assist the class in attaining their goals. The winning class is then featured during the Monday 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

What kind of projects are considered for “One Class at a Time” grants?
There are so many different type of projects submitted! Some examples: digital video recorder for a dance class; hardcover journals for students; parts for an auto mechanics class; crafts supplies to build scale models; and science kits to supplement textbooks.

Who can apply for a “One Class at a Time” grant?
Teachers, parents, students or anyone who is aware of a special project that would enhance the educational objectives in a classroom can apply from Aug. 1 through April 1. This program is currently available to schools located in the KRTV Great Falls viewing area. If you are unsure if your school is located in an area serviced by one of these TV stations, please contact Chad McMillan at or 406-457-2741.

How can I apply for the grant?
Applicants can apply by clicking this link to the First Interstate Bank website. You may submit either the application online or print and mail the form and any attachments to:
One Class at a Time
P.O. Box 2989
Great Falls, MT 59403

How often can I apply?
There is no limit to the number of projects or times you can apply. The applications are considered for the entire 2018-2019 academic school year.

Who determines which class will receive the award?
The awards are chosen by a committee that meets the second week of each month. The committee members include employees of Montana’s News Station and First Interstate Bank, as well as area educators.

How many applications do you receive?
We received more than 100 applications during the past school year. Each year we receive applications for worthy projects that we may not be able to fund due to time constraints. Please re-apply if your special project was not chosen in the past. Our goal is to enhance our area students’ educational experience “One Class at a Time.”

For more information, please contact:
Chad McMillan
Sales & Marketing Coordinator