Beth Britton dreamed about being able to bring
her journalism class at C.M. Russell High School more into the digital age with a professional video camera.
Thanks to a grant from the Great Falls Public
Schools Foundation, Britton was able to purchase a video camera and become familiar with the software this summer.
She's one of 27 recipients of $53,379 in grant
funds from the nonprofit foundation, which supports the school district.
Grants allow) teachers to dream about a little chunk of equipment for their classroom," Britton said. "I'm not super familiar with video, but this is where we needed to go."
The GFPS Foundation has now awarded more than
$200,000 in Discovery Grants over the last four years, board president Linda Caricaburu said. Teachers across the district can apply for grants totaling no more than $3,000. Britton's camera and
associated equipment cost $1,937.
"This is going to allow you to be right out
front in journalism," Caricaburu told Britton's class.
Instructors from preschool teachers at the
Early Learning Family Center to middle school industrial technology teachers and high school art teachers received grants that support learning toys, an upgraded planer for the woodshop and frames to
display student art.
Dave Crum, executive director of the GFPS
Foundation, said the committee tries to keep the grant application simple and streamlined for teachers for a reason.
"We want them to focus on teaching and not
working on a complicated grant," Crum said.
Andrew Aron, a junior at CMR, is interested in
pursuing a career as a documentary filmmaker. Britton's journalism class is helping him explore the possibility. And he appreciates any technology that helps make his class more similar to
"This situation is something I won't be able to
experience anywhere else," he said.
GFPS Foundation Discovery
Grant recipients for 2015:
Rustlers News, CMR, Beth Britton, $1,937. Video equipment to be used for Rustler News website.
The Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet, CMR, Paul Hogan,
$3,000. Twenty-five new Auto-Darkening Welding Helmets will be purchased for
enhancing welding and metals fabrication units of instruction.
School Framing Systems, CMR, Cortni King, $1,765. This project builds an inventory of frames that will be used to display student work both on and off campus in a professional manner for
all three GFPS high schools.
Program- Grades K-5, DOB, Ruth Uecker, $1,800. Will screen students for dental problems, teach effective dental hygiene practices and provide them with toothbrushes,
toothpaste and floss to be used with lessons.
Conditioning, EMS, Luis Carranza, $2,843. East Middle School will purchase more equipment to use with the strength and conditioning program.
School Industrial Tech Planer replacement, EMS, Melvin Mikkola, $3,000. East Middle School will upgrade the planer in the woodshop to a machine that is safer and more dependable.
School Industrial Tech Planer Request, EMS, Steven Krogstad, $3,000. East Middle School will upgrade the planer in the woodshop to a machine that is safer and more dependable.
GFH, Cynthia Jacobsen, $3,000. Purchase microscopes for Biology I and II classrooms.
Pre-construction, GFH, Derik Senger, $400. The Great Falls High School pre-construction class will purchase a pneumatic siding nailer that will aid in the
construction of the sheds.
Works, Powder Coater, GFH, Jake Spearson, $1,500. The Bison Welding Works will purchase a new powder coating gun to help boost the production and quality of the products the club is
READ TO ME!,
GFPS Preschool, Colette Getten, $1,500. A volunteer will read a book to preschool children in the month of their birthday and they will then be able to take the book home.
Time to Tinker -
Preschool IT, GFPS Preschool, Ryan Beam, $3,000. Preschool students, ages 3-5, will have exposure to basic shop working skills that correspond to preschool curriculum in a variety of
Department Portable Display Panels, music and art department, Dusty Molyneaux, $2,283. The GFPS Art program will purchase an additional 12 panel pack of Pro Panels. This will allow art
teachers to display more art work in their respective schools with much more flexibility and will allow for more displays.
Studio, GFH, Kelly Wiles, $3,000. GFHS journalism, yearbook and video electives will create a sound studio that allows students to participate in audio recording and interviews for
Communication, Lewis and Clark Elementary, Tiffani Fox-Palmer, $2,040. The ProxPad is a single location communication and learning aid that will increase functional communication
abilities in students with severe communication deficits.
ProxTalker: Communication for All, Longfellow, Alex Kosanda, $2,495. The purchase of a Logan ProxTalker will be used to help support and facilitate communication skills of students.
Morningside, Stacey Hansen, $1,300. The eBeam Projection system turns any flat surface into an interactive white board.
Grizz Biz &
I/T Router Box Joint Production, NMS, Pat Volkmar, $1,514. Grizz Biz is a student-run class specializing in custom laser-engraved products. The Industrial Tech students will use the
new tool to build projects that are more complex.
Spokane, NMS, Elizabeth Quinby, $1,500. Will provide hunds to help pay for North Middle School Philharmonic Orchestra's trip to the All- Northwest National Association of Music Education
conference in Spokane last spring.
without Limits! - Clicker 6", PGEC, Sanna Beerman, $1,100. The purchase of a laptop with the Clicker 6 software will provide a dedicated device for students to independently demonstrate
their knowledge of classroom curriculum.
Learning Options, PGEC, Amy Gilbertson, $1,710. The purchase of the EyeGaze Foundations will provide students with significant motor deficits with a system that will allow them access to
computers for learning as well as computer programs to help them be able to express their knowledge.
TreasuresWithin Mythology, Sacajawea, Colleen Way, $1,956. Fourth-grade Sacajawea teachers will order "Treasury of Greek
Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters and National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology" books.
AcademicParentTeacher Teams, Valley View, Alana Adkins, $2,069. Valley View is piloting the
new program that uses class to look at student academic data with parents and build understanding of grade level academic goals and teaching parents about Common Core standards.
Teacher Team, Valley View, Jill Christensen, $889. By showing the parents the Common Core standards and teaching them the foundational skills, they will be able to reinforce the classroom
lessons at home and support their child's academic success.
Teacher Team, Valley View, Lindsey Wicks-O'Brien, $889. Same as above.
Teacher Team, Valley View, Ande Brinka, $889. Same as above.
Learning!, Roosevelt, Kristina Heisler, $3,000. Roosevelt kindergarten through second-grade classrooms will purchase listening centers and books with tapes or CDs in order to
appropriately teach the fundamentals of reading, speaking and listening skills.