|The Butte Education Foundation has awarded its grants for Spring, 2013. There was a wide range of application topics this cycle as part of the $6500 awarded. The BEF has awarded over $82,000 in grants to Butte Schools.
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"Learn with Worms - Compost in Our School Garden" sponsored by Margie Willhite was awarded $542.69 to purchase an Environcycle Composter System for the Whittier School Garden. The Whittier Garden was installed in 2011 in collaboration with the Whittier PTA, Butte Garden Club, and the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs. The new composter will allow the students to continue their gardening education and provide the nutrients necessary for their garden.
Teachers K.D. Kennis and Rebecca Salvagni-Booth collaborated in their application titled "Lego Robotics Program". They will receive $920 to start a Robotics Club at Margaret Leary Elementary for 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades. The Lego Robotics Program in an international program that encourages students in math, science, problem solving, design, and engineering. Work will take place outside the classroom as an after school program.
The Emerson Elementary School has united in an effort to help the environment and the Butte community through their program, Emerson Go Green. Their program started several years ago with help from AWARE, Inc, Emerson PTO, AmeriCorps Vista, and Energy Corps. They have succeeded in providing recycle bins in every classroom as well as the multi-purpose rooms in the school. The BEF has awarded them $1228.00 to purchase Rubbermaid Tilt Truck Recycling Containers to consolidate and manage all their recycled products.
Kennedy Elementary Library/Technology Teacher, Kristy Dallaserra, was awarded $1993.91 for "Learning Literature Circles". The funding will be used to purchase three MP3 Docking Stations, and six Nano iPods to enhance the reading program along with specializing the current technology curriculum. The devices will allow students to expand their literature circles as well as assist in the speaking and listening standards required by the State of Montana.
And finally, the Butte School District Motor Development Team has a need for specialized gross and fine motor skills, life skills, and leisure interests for their students. The equipment, including climbing ladder, portable trampoline, and vari-balance beam, will be used
throughout the district and will empower students to explore and access their environment, play, and interact with their same aged peers independently. They will be awarded $1741.10 for "Mastering Motor Skills".
The Butte Education Foundation awards grants every spring and fall to teachers in the public schools of Butte and Silver Bow County.