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Great Falls Public Schools Foundation announces recipients of Discovery Grants

By: Margaret DeMarco - MTN News
 
 
 
 

The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation announced the recipients of this year's Discovery Grants.

This year, the foundation awarded grants to 33 teachers amounting to more than $93,000.

They highlighted Mountain View Elementary School for the “21st Century Transformation” grant.

 "My favorite part would have to be how hard the PTA and all the teachers are working to get this for the students in the community," said sixth-grade student Paige Mackenstadt.

Five of the school's teachers came together to submit a grant application to the foundation.

The school was awarded $15,000 to transform its library into a modern media center.

"I think it is just really great to have the students come into the library and they are really excited to be here. The whole atmosphere to me just feels a lot more relaxed and the kids are able to learn a lot easier," said librarian Jennifer Crisman. 

The PTA and leadership team also provided additional funding for the project.

The media center was finished for students to enjoy at the beginning of the school year.

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Great Falls Association of Realtors gives to homeless students in need

By Tarvarious Haywood, Reporter

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There are over 300 homeless students and the number is growing.
 Tuesday, the Great Falls Association of Realtors teamed up with Mackenzie River Pizza in town to help raise funds for these students who live in vehicles,  shelters, and makeshift homes. 

Kory Goodau, local realtor said it was a no brainier to team up with the restaurant who hosted this fundraiser.
Goodau said no one plans on being homeless especially children and any thing they can to do help someone out, will better the community as a whole.

Tuesday 20 percent of Mackenzie River's proceeds will go directly into helping these children get off the streets.

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Local schools receive more than $54,000 in grants

By Melinda Zosh, Reporter

 
 

Great Falls - A new grant is helping some 8th graders at North Middle School transition into the 21st century, and with the help of some state of the art technology, they're also sharpening up their deejay skills. 

Right now, the students are practicing on 15 brand new electronic keyboards. This new technology came about thanks to a $3,000 grant, which was awarded by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.Before the new keyboards arrived, students were using outdated equipment, including, floppy discs, in order to save their musical work.

"They got something that they can take home and say look what I did in music class. With the old keyboards, it stayed here. They could play for the class, they could show the recordings to the class, but it stayed in the class. This allows them some ownership outside the classroom," said Ellen Forslund, a choral general music teacher at North Middle School. 

Students can now hook up their new keyboards to computers and mix, record and manipulate their work, much like a DJ does. This project is just one of 26 that totaled more than $54,000 in Discovery Grants for schools across the district.  

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North Middle School Receives New Keyboards Through Discovery Grant

By: Keeley Van Middendorp - MTN News

 
 
Students say they will be able to explore music composition.. along with the deejay effect.. to create unique mixes that are easily transferred to a computer using a USB drive.Students say they will be able to explore music composition.. along with the deejay effect.. to create unique mixes that are easily transferred to a computer using a USB drive.
"It can help like put noise or sounds behind presentations we use, so we can kinda understand the like technology a little bit more as it advances," said North Middle School 8th Grade Student Aaron Kelly."It can help like put noise or sounds behind presentations we use, so we can kinda understand the like technology a little bit more as it advances," said North Middle School 8th Grade Student Aaron Kelly.
 
Foundation members say the grant replaced 15 piano keyboards that were bought more than 20 years ago.Foundation members say the grant replaced 15 piano keyboards that were bought more than 20 years ago.
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School officials gathered at North Middle School on Thursday afternoon after being awarded a $3,000 grant from the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.

Foundation members say the grant replaced 15 piano keyboards that were bought more than 20 years ago. 

Students say they will be able to explore music composition, along with the deejay effect, to create unique mixes that are easily transferred to a computer using a USB drive.

They say the new keyboards add a modern twist to learning in the classroom.

"It can help like put noise or sounds behind presentations we use, so we can kinda understand the like technology a little bit more as it advances," said North Middle School 8th grade student Aaron Kelly. 

"These music programs- they're so important to education and they don't always get the funding that really steps them up to the next level, but when you see a grant that really puts keyboards into a classroom like this and the kids, many of them don't have instruments at home to practice on and to play on and they can come and do some really phenomenal music creation and editing and mixing and it just brings everything to a whole new level," said GFPS Foundation Board Chair Linda Caricaburu.

The GFPS Foundation will be awarding $54,799 to 26 projects in the school district through Discovery Grants this year.

For more information about the Great Falls Public School Foundation or the Discovery Grants, click here.

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