South Elementary receives $1,000 grant from Montana Masonic Foundation

Montana Masonic Foundation members celebrate their gift of a grant to South Elementary School with students and teachers. The grant provides story books to complete the curriculum materials needed for the kindergarden writing program.

On Feb. 8, South Elementary was a recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Montana Masonic Foundation to be used to purchase story books in support of the kindergarten’s writing program.
The Montana Masonic Foundation is a Montana foundation that supports, encourages and promotes free public education and schools through endowments, grants, scholarships and fellowships.
The nonprofit organization has sponsored a reading-achievement program within Montana schools for many years through its ‘Bikes for Books’ and ‘Kindles for Kids’ reading programs.
The students of the Laurel school district all learn the 6+1 Trait Writing framework. At the kindergarten level, the framework requires the use of story books in the instructional piece.
South Elementary’s staff have created lesson plan templates for all of the traits and the final missing piece was the story books.
Each month, teachers use a designated story book to teach each trait, and the use of the story books encourages students to explore independent writing.
This grant has completed the instruction curriculum for eight classroom teachers.
“The Montana Masonic Foundation supports children in various avenues,” said the principal of South Elementary Allyson Robertus.  “We are fortunate to have a foundation like this for our state. Their commitment to serve the public and support kids is truly treasured. We greatly appreciate receiving this grant in the interest of South Elementary and in support of Kindergarten education.”

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