Friday, February 17, 2012

Foundation awards education grants

Funding dedicated to project-based learning


The Blaine County Education Foundation announced this week the awarding of 15 grants totaling more than $6,000 for project-based learning endeavors in the Blaine County School District.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds and promotes educational activities, stated in a press release that the grants will impact more than 1,600 students.

"I am pleased that the [Blaine County Education Foundation] was able to support so many kids in this grant cycle," stated Geoff Wells, foundation co-chair. "It was great that we are able to provide this level of support to the teachers and students."

Becky Benson, the organization's other co-chair, said she was particularly pleased with two projects that received grants, one for Silver Creek High School and the other for Woodside Elementary School.


The Silver Creek grant was awarded to school Principal Lynn Seifert for a field trip to Galena Lodge to learn about ecology, avalanche awareness and the history of showshoeing. Between 35 and 40 students are expected to participate and create videos of their experiences.

The Woodside grant was awarded to teachers Maggie Shaughnessy and Sandy Mauro to implement a Families Reading Together program. About 36 first-, second- and third-graders will participate in the program to make families more involved in education.

Other projects are for book purchases, technology, environmental projects and wildlife studies.

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