The beloved musician and storyteller Bill Harley is coming to Kalispell thanks to three very generous sponsors and the Kalispell Education Foundation.
KEF Board member and community grant sponsor Susan Schmid (far right) poses with Kelly Morrow (center) and other VoAg staff (and student) as she recognized her grant project DNA Barcoding at the VoAg with a brief presentation last week. Kelly was thrilled to get going on her project and offer students the new interactive program.
As the Kalispell Education Foundation prepares to announce this year’s awarded grants for its Great Opportunities Grants program, we followed up and visited one of last year’s awarded projects at GHS. KEF president Anna Marie Bailey and Director Mike Kofford visited Sarah Conner’s classroom at Glacier High School to watch students work with equipment isolating DNA chains for identification. The students were incredibly engaged working with this supplement to their curriculum.
Russell Elementary School teacher Shannalee Finlayson wanted to brighten her classroom environment with new instruments and a mural on the white sound panels lining her east wall. The KEF funded project was awarded last Fall with help from an anonymous donor who wanted to positively impact the learning environment at Russell. LEC Teacher Laura McCann working with her art student Becky Goodloe (pictured) completed the mural this past week.
After being awarded their Great Opportunities Grants in October each project sends in an end of year update on June 30th which is published in a newsletter for the general community. Please click on the link below to read this year’s update.
The end of year recognition ceremony held every year at the VoAg Center this time of year was last Saturday on May 10th. Presenting two student scholarships on behalf of the KEF, Board Member Joe Brenneman discussed the importance of innovation in education during his introduction. This marks the third year the KEF has participated in the program. See video link below:
Over sixty non-profits in the upper Flathead Valley will be participating in the first annual Give Local campaign coming May 5th. This event/fundraiser offers the Kalispell community the opportunity to not only learn about the activities of non-profits but donate to those causes that speak to their heart. Donations to the Kalispell Education Foundation will be put toward Great Opportunities Grants and student scholarships.
KEF director Mike Kofford attended the Glacier High School Speech & Debate Five Guys fundraiser on March 7th to make a donation of $200 to the travel fund for the team. Several of the national qualifiers were present as a full house of supporters came out to show their support for the students. Coach Greg Adkins (photo) poses with students.