3M helps Montrose school for second year

Photo by William Woody—From left, Northside Elementary School Principal Cara Godbe and fourth-grade teachers Debbie Watkins, Jeffra Walters and Sherrie Gallegos are presented with a pair of checks from Montrose 3M plant manager Roger Eicheldinger on Friday. The grants, totaling $4,340, will go to purchase an online science program and a system that will help teachers monitor student progress.

MONTROSE — Educators at Northside Elementary School last week received a donation from 3M to help improve the school’s science curriculum and fund new ways to engage students in learning.

Earlier this year 3M, which has a plant in Montrose, notified Montrose County schools it would offer money in the form of ingenuity grants to foster innovative programs for grade-school science students.

Northside was approved for two requests, totaling $4,340. Northside was the only school in the district to apply for the money, and last year it received $3,500 in grant money from the company, 3M plant manager Roger Eicheldinger said.

Northside Principal Cara Godbe said one of the two grants was for $2,570 to purchase access to the Discovery Channel’s Discovery Education online program.

“For a teacher it’s an essential tool now. It’s more engaging, more visual, and the sound helps the students learn in a new way,” Godbe said.

The other grant is $1,770 to purchase 32 Classroom Performance System clickers that will be used in nine classrooms. Godbe said the clickers are a great resource for teachers to monitor in real time how students are interpreting information and assess which students are falling behind.

In addition to the grants, 3M donated boxes of basic school supplies to Northside.


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