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The Butte Education Foundation this week handed out more than $4,000 in grants to teachers and schools in the Butte School District.

Recipients of the grants include:

• Casey Dennehy and the reading and math teachers at Whittier Elementary for a “Excelling Beyond the Benchmark” technology initiative. The $1,650 grant will fund the purchase of iPads that will be shared throughout the school. The iPads will help students have better access to district curriculum programs and test prep resources.

• East Middle School and Sarah Leiphiemer for Pi Family Math Night, to be held on March 14. The Math Night will allow students and their families to engage in mathematics outside the normal classroom. Students will perform activities and competition centered on the number pi. The foundation has awarded a $745 grant to help get the Math Night off the ground.

• Butte High School and Mike Kujawa to host the Montana Art Interscholastic April 2018. MAI is an annual gathering of art students and teachers from around the state who attend art workshops put on by professional artists. Students will have the opportunity to experience new mediums, explore material applications and meet professionals working in the art field. Students who attend provide a piece of their original artwork to be juried and critiqued by a professional artist. A $1,400 grant from the foundation will help students from Butte High attend.

• Kaila Sullivan and Marnie Prigge of Chitter Chatter — a fun, thematic small group session focusing on pre-literacy skills. The two educators have been awarded a $620 grant from the foundation to purchase a new circle rug and associated bins that will provide a comfortable gathering area for students to learn.

The Butte Education Foundation has awarded over $140,000 in grants to Butte Silver Bow Public Schools since the fall of 2008 through the Great Ideas Grant Program. Grants are awarded twice during the school year to teachers and schools to provide funding for projects and programs that are not funded by the Butte School District.

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