80,000 dollars in Classroom Grant money was  awarded to over 90 School District 2 teachers Thursday thanks to the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. This grant money will positively affect roughly 160 classrooms.

The press release says recipients of the classroom grants receive supplemental literacy as well as math and writing materials suitable for students with different learning styles and abilities. Recipients also receive art and music program funding and special needs programs for elementary through high school. 

The Classroom Grant fund also provides other needs for the classrooms like flexible chairs and new whiteboards. The funds will also provide new technology such as iPads and chromebooks and hydroponic growing supplies. Funding also provides virtual reality learning opportunities for special needs classes and other tools for social-emotional learning in classrooms.

The selection committee for these classroom grants review applications sent in and award funds for classrooms based on creativity and innovative opportunities. 

Full Press Release below:

The Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools will surprise teachers across the School District 2 tomorrow when they honor more than 96 teachers. A Prize Patrol made up of Foundation board members and volunteers will visit classrooms across the community to let teachers know they’ve been awarded a grant.

The Education Foundation, thanks to the support of generous donors, is awarding $80,000 in Classroom Grants which will impact at least 160 classrooms across Billings Public Schools. A selection committee from the community reviewed the grant applications and awarded the funds based on innovation, creativity, and applicability to the classroom. The 2022 grants will go to support many worthy projects in the district.

Classroom Grant recipients will receive new technology, as well as supplemental literacy, writing, and math materials for use in the classroom to reach students of all learning abilities and styles. The grant program also provides funding for art and music programs, as well as special needs programs benefiting students in elementary through high school. Once again, applicants demonstrated innovation and the desire to enhance educational excellence in the classroom.

“We reviewed a competitive pool of applications this year,” said Greg Benjamin, Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools Board President. “The organization is proud to support so many meaningful projects.”

Grants funded include basic classroom needs like Chromebooks, iPads and whiteboards to new tools to support social-emotional learning, virtual reality learning opportunities for special needs classes, flexible seating and even hydroponic growing supplies.

“The Foundation is proud to be able to fund these grants for Billings Public Schools,” shared Kelly McCandless, Executive Director for EFBPS. “Not only do these projects spark learning and growth, they inspire teachers alongside their students, hopefully helping to retain much of the incredible talent within School District 2.”

The prize patrols will be out from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, April 21st, 2022. If you would like to join for one of the award surprises, please contact Kelly McCandless at 406-861-2981.

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The Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools provides support to educators and students through philanthropy, connection, and collaboration. We strive to give all students the tools they need to reach their greatest potential and to develop into engaged and productive citizens. The Foundation works in cooperation with the public school system, but operates independently. Through endowments, scholarships, grants, and specific projects, the Foundation provides opportunities and resources for students and educators in Billings Public Schools to promote excellence in education.