Butte Education Foundation Awards Grants Fall 2011

History, German, Bullying, and Knitting were the subjects of the Butte Education Foundations (BEF) Fall 2011 Grants. The BEF awarded four grants last week totaling $4,450 to Kennedy Elementary and Butte High School.

  • Butte's rich history will be preserved with the Mr. Fisk's grant "A Picture's Worth a Trillion Words." This grant will provide the necessary equipment and expertise to create a Butte High School Oral History Collection, in which students will collect and document oral histories of our past instead of reading about it in a book. This work will be a collaborative effort between BHS, the Butte Archives, and technical advisor and editing assistant Maureen Bowman.
  • Butte High School's German students, in particular the students preparing to visit Germany for three weeks next spring, will get an opportunity to spend a weekend sharpening up their German speaking skills during a weekend retreat. The students will spend the weekend conversing in only German and experiencing German food and customs thanks to the a grant application from Frau Schoonen.
  • We have all read recently about the increase and severity of bullying in our communities and schools. "Kennedy Community Meeting," a grant awarded to Kerry Lowney of Kennedy Elementary, will support social and emotional development, bullying prevention, and build a positive school community. The Kennedy Community Meeting, taking place every Wednesday morning, will encourage respect, positive attitudes, and a safe learning environment through the Olweus Bullying Program.
  • Finally, Butte High School students will have a chance to help the needy through a grant, "Knitting for the Needy." Mrs. Driscoll and Mrs. Shutey have started a Knitting Club at BHS to not only help the needy by knitting and crocheting hats and gloves for them, but also to teach interested high school students a life-long skill that produces useful products. The Knitting Club will meet after school at BHS and plans to donate their goods locally to the Paul Clark Home and Women's Crisis Center.