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.
Featuring local high school principals, superintendent Mark Flatau, and State Superintendent of Public Schools Denise Juneau the 3rd annual I-Pledge to Graduate community support event was a great success. KEF Board president Anna Marie Bailey attended the Foundation booth during the carnival portion of the event as 700 8th graders danced and played games. One student (pictured) dressed up for a booth photo.
The KEF added a new scholarship award honoring those students who had participated in An Evening of Fine Arts during their high school careers. Jhalen Salazar was this year’s first FHS award recipient as presented to him by teacher Valeri McGarvey. Jasmyn Burdsall was the recipient at GHS. Link to video below:
Jasmyn Burdsall was the first ever recipient of the Kalispell Education Foundation’s An Evening of Fine Arts award at the senior’s ceremony at Glacier High School Wednesday evening (5/21/14). The KEF would like to thank GHS teacher CJ Cummins for presenting the award. Please click the link below to watch the presentation.
The much anticipated An Evening of Fine Arts IV will be on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the FVCC Arts and Technology Building Room 139. Please visit one of many sites to buy tickets and support student scholarships and innovative programs in the classroom. Ticket sites include FHS and GHS main offices, The Hockaday Museum of Art, Bonelli’s Bistro, and the ticket column on this site (e-tickets).
The KEF wanted to start off it’s scholarship program by recognizing students who were working hard to achieve their goals and graduate, but might have been overlooked for recognition in the past. Board Member Susan Schmid was familiar with VoAg Center Programs and knew the KEF could find just such students to recognize. She attended the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 11th to present two scholarships with over 300 community members in attendance. This year’s awards went to Ryan Ek, and Austin Levanin.
Rebecca Vance’s story, literally, attracted the attention of the KEF board after she appeared in local press and presented to a local Rotary Luncheon. A student at Kalispell Middle School, her teacher, Camille Deitz, noticed Rebecca’s talent for writing and entered her in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This competition is over 90 years old and has included such past notable winners as Sylvia Plath and Truman Capote. Rebecca won the Gold Key award regionally, before winning a Silver Key nationally with the hope of making the awards ceremony in NYC at Carnegie Hall in early June. KEF Director Mike Kofford proudly presented Rebecca and her parents a check for $500 at the May Board of Trustees meeting to help her with travel expenses. We are thrilled to help this young, blossoming writer.