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Students at CMR in Mr. Shaun Kohut's, auto tech class has a 1984 Pontiac they have been trying to complete for almost 2 years. The donor car was selected as a test bed for a fuel mileage testing project, where students plan and test theories related to fuel mileage.
Pat says it's not just piecing together a project car. The young mechanics also apply math, physics and chemistry to help them work every part of their brains.
The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation donated 3,000 dollars as part of the annual Discovery Grant. One student says it's an amazing feeling to have people support your dreams. Another said this gives him the opportunity to have real-world experience and prepare him for life after graduation.
Shaun said that even though auto tech classes is a dying trade in high schools. He sees these students future pretty bright in whatever field they choose.
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.