BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Rachel Blumenfeld has her students' best interests in mind.
She teaches Spanish 1, 2 and 3 at G.W. Carver High School and has been trying to find a way to take her students on a trip of a lifetime.
Along with language arts and French teacher Shelley Fordice, Blumenfield wants to take a group of students to Spain.
This week, she received a special surprise and a gift to help her attain that goal.
CBS42 presented Blumenfied with a $1,000 grant as a part of the "One Class At A Time" grant program.
"Several of my students have been studying Spanish since they were in middle school," Blumenfeld said. "They are so hard working. They've worked really hard to come up with the funds to get us to this point to be able to go on the trip.
"[The] last couple of weeks they've gotten passports in the mail, and they've come to school and they've been showing everyone. They're proud."
The teachers aren't the only ones who put in hard work to make the trip happen. G.W. Carver High School Principal Darrell Hudson says the teachers have worked just as hard as the students.
"They've gone to the community, they've sent out letters," Principal Hudson said. "I mean, probably several hundred letters."
The grant was presented on behalf of CBS42 and sponsors Pepsi and America's First Financial Federal Credit Union.
"We're so thankful," said Blumenfeld. "This is going to be life-changing for these students."
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