Holter Museum was packed with award winning local writers and their families last week as the Harrison Writing Award winners were announced for 2019.
The Harrison Writing Awards include up to four $250 awards given annually by the Helena Education Foundation in the categories of either expository or creative writing, recognizing the highest quality among the submissions.
Pen & Ink is a collaborative venture spearheaded by the Helena Education Foundation in collaboration with Helena educators. A work of art in itself, Pen & Ink highlights our student authors and artists in an annual magazine that serves as celebration of our astounding student talent.
A partnership between the Lewis & Clark Library and PAL (Project for Alternative Learning), though outstanding, is nothing new. The newness rapidly changes, however, when you add a librarian’s wish list, the creativity and generosity of the library’s Foundation, and a book vending machine into the mix.
Teen Services Librarian, Heather Dickerson, works extensively with PAL students and educators both at the library and in the school. Over the course of this partnership, she has noticed that she sometimes hits barriers when helping students check out books from the library. Either students don’t have a library card, or they have fines preventing them from checking out books either for school or for leisure.
Determined to change PAL students’ lack of accessibility to books, Dickerson saw the idea of a book vending machine and knew the school had to have one. She took the idea and an estimated budget for the project to the library’s Foundation, who has always encouraged the local librarians to think big and create wish lists that help “make a great library even better.” The foundation agreed, and the planning began.
This unique vending machine – though anxiously awaiting instillation – is just about what you’re imagining it is. Rather than stocked with sweet and salty snacks or a cold beverage, however, it’s filled with new books that will be partly selected by Dickerson, partly by PAL students, and completely free thanks to the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation. Rather than coins or bills, this vending machine will accept tokens earned by students for perfect attendance or other great works to be determined by PAL educators.
We at the Helena Public Schools are so grateful for our community partners, and we’re so excited not only for the book vending machine, but to see what big ideas come out of the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation next!
A local politician, who wishes only to be named only as “a proud supporter of our kids and public schools” recently donated $2500 to be applied to unpaid school meal accounts across the city.
According to state law, political candidates are to zero-out their accounts at the end of a race, by either giving funds back to donors or by donating them. This donation, though generous any time of the year, could not be more appropriate, as this week marks “Fight Childhood Hunger” week nationwide, raising awareness of the 1 in 6 school age children just in Montana who don’t get enough to eat each day.
According to this supporter, “Though it’s just a drop in the bucket, we wanted to help Helena’s kids, and hopefully inspire others to pitch in too.”
Although he wishes to remain anonymous, we at the Helena public schools want to wish him a very heartfelt thank you.
Elks National Free Throw Contest
Place: Carroll College P.E. Center
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Check-in: 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Child’s Name: _______________________
Date of Birth: ________________________
Parent’s Name: _______________________
Phone No.: __________________________
* Participant’s age as of April 1, 2019
(Verification of DOB may be requested)
To pre-register or for additional information:
Mail Form to: Carl Peil
4703 McHugh Lane
Helena, MT 59602
E-mail: email@example.com or Call: (406) 439-7675
AIR QUALITY INFORMATION
It is once again late summer/early fall in Montana which finds us dealing with smoke in the air. As Helena has an air monitoring station, you can find the current local health effect category very easily by clicking on the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) link (http://todaysair.mt.gov) and then clicking again on Helena. This will show you the trend data for the current day as well as for the day before. You can also find the health effect categories and their explanations on this page.
AIR QUALITY AND ATHLETICS
The Helena Schools Athletic Director and all fall sport coaches carefully and constantly monitor air quality. Based on the information, they adjust practices and competitions accordingly. The Montana High School Association also provides guidance as to when activities should be modified based on concentration levels. Please note that games and activities may be delayed or cancelled based on smoke concentrations and how they are trending. Please note that some decisions will be made at game time or even after a scheduled contest has started.