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Discovery Grants Help Out Public Schools

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The discovery grants awarded by the Great Falls Public School Foundation are making a huge difference in the classroom.

One classroom benefiting from the discovery grant program is a consumer science class at Great Falls high school. The grant helped students to purchase a computerized embroidery machine so the students could begin a classroom based business. The students are able to sell the t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other accessories they make in the school store and online.

"The grant money has been amazing. We were able to purchase the sewing machine with the grant money and Karl Perkins foundation. It has turned our classroom into something amazing. We are able to sew products and sell them to the public. We have people coming in all the time to buy the things the students sew. Its amazing," says Kathy Goodman.

Senior Sylvia Sinclair adds, "Its a great class with an awesome teacher. Over all its really great."

Some of the other activities which received funding from the $55,000 grant include field trips to Yellowstone National Park, adding smart boards and computers to some classrooms and providing books to at-risk students. Bill Johnstone, a chair member of the foundation, spoke about the importance of the discovery grants.

"We are excited about it. It energizes the teachers and gives them a chance to do something they couldn't otherwise do.  We think its a great program."

This is the third year in a row the foundation awarded grants for the innovative and creative projects implemented by public school teachers, and the board says they hope the program continues to be successful.

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