The Butte Education Foundation has awarded its grants for Spring, 2014. Two grants totaling $6000 were awarded bringing the total awarded to Butte Public School to over $96,000.
Libraries can never have enough books. That is why the Technology/Library Teachers at the 6 elementary schools teamed together to apply for a grant to enhance their digital libraries. "Catalyst: A Catalyst for Learning" written by Debbie Mueller of West Elementary, requested $3000 for Catalyst Digital Books, audio electronic books, both fiction and nonfiction, that will be accessible by all the elementary schools through the District Digital Server. Digital books are the newest technology and can be accessed by numerous students at one time, cannot be lost, and never wear out.
East Middle School Science and FACS Teachers applied for a grant "Seeing Science Through I(pads)s" for $3000. Grant writers, Lloyd Magnuson, Jennifer Nardiello, Karen Alley, Kathy Foley, and Cindy Ammondson, requested funds to purchase ipads for their classrooms because science is a process that is changing rapidly with the technology that is available in today's world. With access to ipads the Science and FACS Departments at EMS can enhance the classroom experience by allowing students to access the internet to detemine if their research is in line with other facts and information. They can also use interfacing equipment to collect real time data that can be complied, demonstrated, and discussed by the entire class. Factors such as temperature, pH, forces, sound, light, etc can be directly interfaced with the ipad for compliation.
The Butte Education Foundation awards grants every spring and fall to teachers in the public schools of Butte and Silver Bow County.