A Combined 27 Years of Commitment and Service

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.—Margaret Mead

In 2011 three community leaders were nominated to serve on the founding board of directors for the newly formed Great Falls Public Schools Foundation. These three women accepted the challenge and dedicated their time, talent, and resources to enhancing education in Great Falls. They served on the Foundation Board for nine years each contributing a combined 27 years of their keen insight which has been so important in making this Foundation a success. As their terms of board service come to an end, we want to share with you a little about these incredible women.

The Foundation would like to recognize their invaluable service to the board and to improving teaching and learning in our public schools. …

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A 100-Year Connection Leads To New Playground

BACK IN THE 1920s, the Ford Building in downtown Great Falls housed several business offices including those of dentist Dr. Roy Severance, attorney A.H. Gray and stockbroker David Adams Davidson. It’s unknown how well these men knew each other, but a century later their descendants came together in a project to benefit Great Falls kids.

“It’s like a full-circle,” said Doug Grey of the three families. “We assume our grandparents had at least social or professional relationships. Now two generations later we’ve joined together once again.” …

How Scholarships Change Lives

Foundation Awards $336,615 in Scholarships in 2020

A few short years ago, Katie Beisecker saw no future for herself. Buffeted by depression and anxiety, the Great Falls teen lost hope and tried to end her life. But now her story is unfolding differently.

This fall Katie is headed to the University of Montana-Western in Dillon, along with a substantial scholarship made possible by the estate of a local family. Katie points to a caring school environment and the Jennifer Joy Astrin Memorial Scholarship as two factors in giving her a new path forward. …

Community Generosity Fills Food Pantries

This is what heart looks like:  Coronavirus slams the door on Great Falls Public Schools, and the community immediately steps in to make sure children are fed.

When schools closed in mid-March, the GFPS District immediately set in motion plans to get breakfast and lunch to children who otherwise would eat at school.  But it quickly became apparent the need was far greater. …

Students and Teachers Recognized for Excellence

There’s never a quiet month at the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation, and February is no different. This month we launched our Excellence in Education Awards, its notification time!

“I always say I have the best job in Great Falls, and this is certainly part of it,” said Dave Crum, the Foundation’s executive director. This month is when he notifies top students at C. M. Russell High School, Great Falls High School, and Paris Gibson Education Center that they’re being honored for their work. …

Great Falls Public Schools Foundation

Dear Donor,

“Our success depends on our donors,” is what we say when we are thanked by students and their parents, or by teachers, or by members of our community. As we approach our 10th anniversary in 2020, the GFPS Foundation is so thankful for the broad community support we receive from our generous donors. …

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 Schnider at stephanie_schnider@gfps.k12.mt.us or call 406-268-6021.