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Montana Masonic Foundation makes $10,963 award to Davey School

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Havre Masonic Lodge Chapter #55 presented a $10,963 check to the Davey School Board of Trustees at the board's April 3 meeting.

The money from this grant was used to purchase Discover SMART technologies from T.E.S.T Enterprises to include two 65" interactive flat panel displays, two Lenovo IdeaPad 5 HD laptops, SMART interactive software, two adjustable wall-stand mechanisms and installation through Munari IT.

Tami Redinger, Davey K-3 Teacher, said that with the "SmartBoards we are now better equipped to meet changing school standards and prepare our students for high school, college and their future careers."

She said that the recent pandemic resulted in the immediate need to teach virtually and Davey, like many other schools struggled.

"With these new Smartboards and their amazing new features, I can turn my in-class lessons virtual in a matter of seconds," Redinger said. "The students can complete their work together as a class, individually, or as a group - right on their computers and personal devices."

Davey school clerk/business manager Serena Dawson, agreed and also said that the school would not have been able to afford this wonderful teaching tool without the generosity of the Masonic Foundation.

The Montana Masonic Foundation's Educational Grant Program provides teachers, student aides, and principals in Montana's public schools with an opportunity to apply for a grant to assist in under-funded programs in the areas of music, drama, science and library. They also offer grant assistance in the areas of student enhancement or learning that has suffered cutbacks or experiencing start-up concerns.

Supporting public education in communities is the primary purpose of the Montana Masonic Foundation. Since 2015 the Montana Masonic Foundation has given out over $500,000 to public schools with over $90,000 this year.

Making the presentation to the Davey Board of Trustees were Chapter #55 Secretary David Sageser along with Sam Clawson and Laurie Sageser. Davey School Board trustees accepting the award were Board Chair Lisa Hanson, Violet Davey and J. Bob Hould.


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