An Idaho high school teacher has won a national teaching honor for her work with "at risk" students.

Christine LaRocco, an English teacher at Boise High School, was named a recipient of the State Farm Good Neighbor Award.The national award, presented monthly by State Farm Insurance in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English and other teacher organizations, recognizes significant innovation in elementary and secondary education.

State Farm officials said she was singled out for the award because of her efforts in helping students learn through positive personal contact outside the classroom.

Among the programs she developed has been a variety of activities in which her classes work with Boise senior citizens. Also, her students organized and conducted a Christmas carnival for children with severe developmental disabilities.

"Reaching out into the community allows students to develop a stronger personal identity and sense of self-worth," LaRocco said.