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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which was awarded by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.Before the new keyboards arrived, students were using outdated equipment, including, floppy discs, in order to save their musical work.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.
A copy of the Foundation's 990 is on file and available for viewing during regular business hours at the Foundation office: 1100 4th Street South, Great Falls, MT. For information please contact Dave Crum, Foundation Executive Director, at 406-268-7340.