2023 Year End Highlights

RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2023 – At the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation, we partner with community members to enhance public education. Throughout 2023, amazing work has happened in this area thanks to donor support. Check out highlights from this year and please consider making a year-end gift to support these continued efforts to positively impact education in Great Falls. Click here to donate today.

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Annual Raffle Raises $153,740 for Students

RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2023 – The Foundation marked the completion of the 11th year of the Win This Truck Raffle fundraiser last Thursday at City Motors. In addition to handing the keys of the Toyota Tacoma to winner Molly McLoughlin, the top-selling student groups and PTAs were also recognized for their hard work in selling tickets. …

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Immersive Learning Grant Provides Educational Experience of a Lifetime

RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2023 – As you read this, Great Falls High School science teacher Amber Lloyd is deep in the heart of Nepal, hiking toward a high mountain peak, and gaining insights into human biology, geography and sociology to share with her students and other teachers and community members. …

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All Students Can Write

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2023 – Like most 8-year-olds, Levi Hibbs spent a good part of second grade learning to write.  For Levi, this skill brings the potential for life-changing communication.  The challenge of learning to write was made easier with the help of a grant from the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.

Son of Tucker and Cherie Hibbs, Levi attends Loy Elementary and will enter third grade in the fall.  His parents specifically chose a permissive transfer to Loy because of its strong program for special needs students. …

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Flute Music for Indigenous Clubs at Middle Schools

RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2023 – Great Falls students who participate in the Indigenous Club at both North and East Middle Schools are learning the basic techniques to create traditional Native American flute music. (Photo: North Middle School Indigenous Club)

The haunting melody of the handmade flute has been the backdrop to Indigenous life and ceremony spanning the Americas for more generations than is known. Many tribes and bands had their own version and their own music, though much of it was lost with the arrival of Europeans. …

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Real-World Forensic Science at CMR High

RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2023 –Examined closely, side by side under a high-tech microscope, obvious differences emerge between two seemingly similar strands of hair.

These minute differences in cell structure, pattern and size often provide necessary evidence in the world of crime fighting and prosecution. They also now provide real-world forensic science experience to students at C.M. Russell High School. …

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Gold Stars Shine Bright for Teachers

RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2023 – In the depth of December’s deep freeze, Morningside kindergarten teacher Melody Stevens was warmed by a gesture from a former student.  Well, three former students, actually.

Mrs. Stevens was in her classroom when she received a Gold Star Award, presented by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.  Any parent or community member can send a Gold Star to a teacher as a token of gratitude or appreciation.  This one, however, was a bit different. …

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Foundation Year-End Highlights of 2022

RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2022 – As we look back on 2022, we are proud of what has been accomplished, and we hope you are too. At the Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) Foundation, we have the privilege of partnering with community members to enhance public education. Thanks to your financial support, teachers are empowered to offer creative learning experiences, and students continue to grow in new and exciting ways. Here are some highlights for the year: …

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Donate A One Time Or Ongoing Scholarship For High School Graduates

Setting up an educational scholarship fund can be a meaningful way to give back to your community or to honor a loved one. There are a number of things to consider when planning a scholarship. Please contact the Foundation for assistance, we are happy to help you. Contact Stephanie Becker at [email protected] or call (406) 268-6021.