Butte Education Foundation Awards Grants Spring 2012

The Butte Education Foundation has awarded its grants for spring, 2012. Technology continues to be a source of need in our schools but hands-on projects were also part of the $12,000 awarded this spring. The BEF has awarded over $52,000 in grants to Butte Schools.

"Pedaling to Success" sponsored by the School District Motor Development Team was awarded $3000 to purchase an adaptive tricycle. This tricycle to be used by special education students throughout the district is used to develop and improve motor skills that will allow students to explore and access their environment, play, and interact with others.

Teachers Lisa Tutty, Jeni Berkheimer, K.D. Kennis, and Erin McGree collaborated in their application titled "Fire 'em Up About Reading, Vocabulary, & Math." They will receive $3,000 to purchase Kindle Fire electronic devices to promote interactive teaching in reading, vocabulary, and mathematics. The staff will use Kindle applications to enhance the current curriculum. The Kindle Fires will be used as an intervention tool and will allow instructors to test the students and track their progress. They can then adapt lessons as needed individually for students.

The District Speech Therapist found a need for iPads in their travels from school to school. iPads are a significant, useful, easy-to-use tool for language therapy. They are adaptable to any student and portable. Anecdotal information from speech pathologists suggests a higher retention and student involvement with an iPad. iPad applications are available for articulation, phonology, stuttering, augmentative communication, and voice. "iSpeech" was awarded a grant totaling $3,000.

And finally, East Middle School students will get a chance to get dirty while working on the "Justin Robb Memorial Garden." Partnering with 4-H, the East Recycling Club, Garden Club, and Earth Shuttle Team will work together to establish a "People's Garden." They were awarded $3,000 to develop a community garden emphasizing good nutrition, recycling, and volunteerism. The garden will be a working memorial to Justin Robb, a former East student who was passionate about many causes and in particular gardening.

The Butte Education Foundation awards grants every spring and fall to teachers in the public schools of Butte and Silver Bow County.