Laurel K2 receives Montana Masonic Foundation grants

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Laurel Schools K2 Librarian Ms. Frisby at West School this week after the library received grants through the Montana Masonic Foundation to create a commemorative plaque and update their Native American literature. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

Laurel Schools K2 Librarian Ms. Frisby at West School this week after the library received grants through the Montana Masonic Foundation to create a commemorative plaque and update their Native American literature. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

Laurel’s South and West Schools have received library grants totaling more than $3,000 from the Montana Masonic Foundation.

The MMF’s Education Grant Program is designed to provide teachers, student aides and/or principals in Montana’s Public Schools an opportunity to apply for a grant to assist under–funded programs in Music, Drama, Science and Library.

Laurel Public Schools K2 Teacher Librarian Erika Frisby applied for the grants last fall after Superintendent Linda Filpula notified district teachers of their availability, and she was recently notified of the award.

“We received two pots: one for a plaque and one for books for the library. We are putting a plaque up at the Metra then will be updating our Native American books at the two libraries.”

Frisby said the walkway from the upper parking lot at Metra-Park down to First Interstate Arena was a buffalo jump and they are creating a plaque to inform the public of the historical significance of the area. “We are working with Universal Awards on it which will cost $932.80 when it’s done, then the remaining $2,073.65 will go towards the books.”

It will read: “This plaque commemorates the site of a former bison jump and butchering area, based on archaeological findings just north of this location. Funded by the Montana Masonic Foundation and promoted by Laurel Public Schools K2 library. 2021.”

According to the MMF’s website, the grants are made possible by the Montana Masonic /Foundation, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization. Included in its purpose is support to charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes; dispensation of charity, both public and private; and the encouragement and promotion of free public education and schools through endowments, grants, scholarships and fellowships.

The nonprofit organization has sponsored a “reading achievement program” within Montana’s Public Schools for many years through its “Bikes for Books” and “Kindles for Kids” reading program. At its core, the Montana Masonic Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and members of the Freemasons, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education.

For information on supporting future grants call the MMF in Helena at (406) 442-2323 or email at grants@grandlodgemontana.org.

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