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Mid-Rivers Awards 15 Grants Totaling $37,300 to Area Educators

Mid-Rivers awards 15 grants totaling $37,300 to area educators

Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of its 2013 Fund for Education Grants. These grants are awarded to accredited educational facilities and non-profit entities with an educational mission from the Mid-Rivers service area. Montana law requires that the cooperative’s Fund for Education be used for educational purposes.

Grants were awarded to 15 applicants totaling $37,300. Recipients of 2013 Mid-Rivers Fund for Education Grants include:

• $5,000 to Circle Public Schools for K-12 computer upgrades for SMART-Based Testing
• $5,000 to Custer School Dist. #15 to upgrade school technology to comply with SMART standards
• $4,800 to Kinsey Elementary for expansion of technology department for SMART-Based Testing
• $3,000 to Lavina Public School for iPads in PK-6 Classrooms
• $2,000 to Dawson Community College Extended Learning for tablets for High School Equivalency Program
• $1,500 to Prairie View Special Services in Glendive for laptops and equipment for Speech Therapy program serving five counties
• $1,500 to Plevna Public School for iPad Minis and an iPad lab for K-12 students
• $2,500 to Wibaux School for faculty and staff to train for tablet-based education
• $2,500 to Winnett Public Schools to update school communication system for student and faculty safety and security
• $1,000 to McCone County Library in Circle for public computers, tablets and laptops for community use and training
• $1,000 to Sacred Heart School in Miles City for camera equipment to allow students to learn video production skills
• $1,000 to Central Elementary School in Roundup for iPad Minis for Elementary Classrooms
• $2,500 to Kircher School Dist. #3 for a new phone system for better communications between staff and parents
• $2,500 to Brorson School in Sidney for updated computers for teachers to conduct SMART-Based testing
• $1,500 to Richey Schools for iPad Minis for mobile technology carts at High School and Elementary

Technology has changed the way educators teach, how students learn, and the way teachers and students communicate. Rural schools can be lost in the connectivity gap due to limited funding sources for the necessary tools, and Mid-Rivers is pleased to be able to offer these 2013 Fund for Education Grants to assist in addressing these needs.

Other educational commitments made by Mid-Rivers include annual awarding of Higher Education Scholarships from the Mid-Rivers Fund for Education, the operation of a distance learning system connecting area high schools and colleges, annual sponsorship of the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s High School Business Challenge, and the employment of several School-to-Work students each year in many communities. Mid-Rivers also provides discounts to area schools and libraries on their telecommunications services through the federal “E-Rate” program, and offers free grant-writing assistance to area schools and youth organizations.

“Mid-Rivers would like to say thank you to all the educators for taking the time to submit an application, and for your efforts to address educational needs in this rural region,” stated General Manager Bill Wade. “As a community partner, Mid-Rivers is dedicated to helping our rural educators meet the challenge of addressing technology needs and insuring our students can continue to excel.”

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