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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
April 13, 2013 Press Release Helena, MT - Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of 25 grants to Montana schools to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, for a total of $165,000 to support local Graduation Matters initiatives across the state. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives. In addition, State Farm Insurance granted the OPI $15,000 to add to the GMM Challenge Fund Grants this year. Superintendent Juneau stated, "These...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
April 2, 2013 Mr. Darren Schlepp Principal, Whittier Elementary School Dear Mr. Schlepp: I’m writing to thank you for giving so much space and resources to Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK afterschool program.  My children, Rachel and Mark Roberts, attend the program and love it.  Having the after school program at Whittier has been so helpful, both for the children and for us as working parents. My children are in kindergarten and first grade.  The after-school program has given them a wonderful opportunity to get to know children from other classrooms and grades.   The activities are fun and enrich the experience they have during the...
Friday, March 29, 2013
Carol Townsend is a third-generation Montanan whose great-grandmother McDonald homesteaded near Logan in 1861.  Carol grew up in Montana, Washington, Oregon and California.  In 1987, Carol moved back to Bozeman from California so she could raise her two children.  She has said, “I had two kids, no money, no job, and no car.  Even though I knew I’d be poor here, I knew they’d be safe here.” It took Carol three months to find a job.  She was hired by Patagonia when they opened a customer service telephone center in Bozeman.  The center brought in 30 to 40 jobs that paid up to $9 an hour.  One of the first people hired, Carol was the...
Monday, March 25, 2013
Did you know that missing just 10 percent of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by sixth grade, missing only that much school is strongly linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school?  That’s just 18 days of the school year— or two to three days per month. Every school day counts, and everyone can make a difference: educators, afterschool programs, mayors, businesses and parents.   Parent's Tool Kit Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School Research & Reports Present, Engaged &...
Friday, March 22, 2013
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Head of local United Way chapter wins achievement awardJASON BACAJ, Business Journal Editor | Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:15 amSometimes even the most meticulously planned surprises fall through, as was the case with the Bozeman Business & Professional Women’s attempt to surprise the winner of this year’s Woman of Achievement Award.Carol Townsend, president and CEO of the Greater Gallatin United Way, was honored with the award Wednesday evening at the BPW’s annual awards ceremony. Ashley Stevick, owner of Ashley Stevick Photography, won the Young Careerist Award. Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., an accounting and business consulting...
Friday, March 22, 2013
Recognizing After-School STEM's ImpactBy Anita Krishnamurthi Few dispute that the after-school community has a vital role, and can make a crucial difference, in promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, learning. Yet after-school providers are often so immersed in their work with students that they don't always present a unified voice in articulating their impact. A 2013 Afterschool Alliance study that I led, "Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool,Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader" could help change that. By reaching consensus among a group of after-school experts (including 55 experienced providers and...
Monday, March 18, 2013
  Presents Roy Juarez Impact Tour Free Community EventClick to print flyer Date/Time/Location:  Mon, April 1, 6:15 pm–7:45 pm, MSU Sub Ballroom D (Free parking after 6:00)Tues, April 2, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm, Belgrade High School Auditorium   "Life is too short to dream about tomorrow... today's the day!"   - Roy Juarez Jr.    Roy Juarez Jr. is known nationally but you wouldn’t know it when you meet him. He is very down to earth, funny, and has a very loud laugh.  The one thing you will not miss when you meet Roy is his passion for young people and their future. He has dedicated his entire life to creating positive change in communities...
Friday, March 08, 2013
Editorial: It feels good to give to United Way and our communityGreater Gallatin United Way intern and Montana State University student Eric Halverson decided to test the effectiveness of United Way dollars for himself. With his pockets empty, he set out to spend the chilly winter night relying solely on public services.Without spending a dime, he road Streamline buses, ate a meal at the Community Café and spent the night at the Warming Center, where he was stunned to find people on laptop computers and cell phones who have temporarily found themselves without a home.And it left him grateful that he lives in a community that provides such...
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I really hope it’s almost 6am.  I’m staying the night at the Warming Center, and all I can think about is the comfort of my own bed.  This shelter is certainly warm, and a welcome alternative to the Bozeman winter, but it is much harder to get through the night than I ever anticipated.  I’m on the top bunk sleeping on something more similar to a canoe than a mattress.  The jarring snores of the ten other men in this room seem to dictate the narrative of my intermittent dreams and sleepless thoughts.  My watch reads 3 am.    I feel dirty, and I feel guilty about feeling dirty.  The room is dark but slightly moonlit.  I look around and see a...

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