By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Three Forks Education Foundation Awards Teacher Grants


November 8, 2023

8 Three Forks teachers received grants in 2023. Voice photos by Melissa Jenkins

The Three Forks Education Foundation once again stepped up for the betterment of local schools last week by awarding their annual teacher grants.

Eight Three Forks teachers were awarded grants for the 2023-24 school year for a total of $5,872.

Teacher Katie Magnus received $200 she will use to purchase Q Bots for fifth-grade students, which she said will be something a little more challenging for her students.

Jessica Oehmcke received three grants for a total of $1,450. Oehmcke said the first grant will be used to purchase additional robots for middle school and freshman business classes, and hopefully, this will help students consider future careers in programming and robotics. She said the second award was a cross-department grant to purchase carts so they could make their 3D printers mobile. A third grant will be used to buy an IPad for the CTE department, where students will set up a retail location and work on inventory, books, and finances.

Aaron Harkins received a $750 grant to purchase new calculators. Harkins said some of their calculators are very dated and hopes the new ones will help students perform better in class and on AP tests.

Cathe Felz received a $1,000 grant she said will be used for supplementation printing, the students' manufacturing process, and to assist students with their display boards for the State FCCLA competition.

Tyler Noyes received a $500 grant he said would be used to purchase replacement materials for the greenhouse and classroom materials.

Noyes said he teaches a vet science course, which is very hands-on, and will use the money to purchase things like sutures and IV kits.

"I don't just tell the kids how to do it. They can actually experience and practice getting these hands-on skills and figuring out if this is something they want to do for a career," Noyes said.

He will also use the money to get tools for the agricultural shop.

Ian Schilff received a $945 grant he will use to improve their dust collection in the woodshop. He said they would also use the grant to purchase a simple manual tubing bender, allowing them to expand their metal fabrication abilities.

Anna Berghausen received a grant for $527, and Lisa Malmquist was awarded $500.


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