Stephanie Hill poses with students from her French 1 class as she holds up her certificate of recognition from the KEF. Translating as “Operation Happiness” Stephanie’s project will seek to promote school happiness and community at Glacier High School.
Great Opportunities Grants
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.
With final reports recently sent in by each site applicant, the KEF had much to celebrate with this year’s successful projects.
Using 20 new Kindles supplied by a Kalispell Education Foundation Great Opportunities Grant, over 20 He-Man book club students from Flathead High School met with kindergarten and first grade students to read stories. The student’s used both traditional hardcover books and their new Kindles as paired up students spread throughout the classrooms and halls to enjoy a story together.