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Schools appreciate teachers

Missoula County Public Schools will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week beginning Monday.

The district and parent/teacher organizations will honor the 700-plus MCPS teachers. The district serves about 9,500 students in K-12. In addition, it offers preschool education program, a special education program and adult and continuing education classes.

Teachers in Missoula County Public Schools teach students of all ages, and an emphasis is placed on the importance of lifelong learning, school officials say.


Get ready for driver training

Teen-agers who want to take summer driver's education classes may pick up sign-up sheets at their schools.

Registration forms have been sent to Bonner, Clinton, DeSmet, Hellgate, Lolo, Potomac, St. Joseph's, Sunset, Sussex, Target Range and Woodman elementary schools; Meadow Hill, C.S. Porter, Rattlesnake and Washington middle schools; and Big Sky, Hellgate, Loyola, Seeley Swan, Sentinel and Valley Christian high schools.

Students must be 15 years old by Jan. 12, 2002, to be eligible to enroll.

The fee this year is $340.

For information, call Cindy Gaumer at 721-1250 or sent her e-mail at


Five schools receive grants

Five schools in Northern Lights' Montana service area have been awarded educational grants through the organization. NLI awarded grants to Trout Creek School, Noxon Public School, Thompson Falls Elementary School, Yaak School near Troy, and W.F. Morrison Elementary in Troy.

NLI divided the $5,000 fund among the schools based on the number of students attending those schools to be used for educational needs.

The Montana Educational Grant Program distributes funds from unclaimed Montana capital credits. Educators submitted applications stating the needs of the school and what the students hope to accomplish with money received. The grants are awarded based on the financial need of the school.


Books on sale in Corvallis

CORVALLIS - Corvallis Primary Library is holding a Two-For-One Scholastic Book Fair on Friday, and Monday, May 14, through the morning of Wednesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy one book, get one free. The free book must be of equal or lesser value than the one you purchase. For further information, contact Margaret Sperry, (406) 961-5147.


Students of national merit

BILLINGS - Ten Montana high school students have been awarded prestigious $2,500 National Merit scholarships.

The 2,500 scholarship winners nationwide were chosen from about 15,000 finalists in the 2001 National Merit Scholarship program.

The Montana winners included three from Billings and two from Great Falls.

The winners were Ryan D. Bibler, Russell High School, Great Falls; Rose G. Boyer, Park High, Livingston; Patrick B. Heppe, Plains High; Jian-Ming Lee, Bozeman High; Michael A. Lowen, Billings Central; Adam E. Pivonka, Billings West; Gale L. Price, Loyola-Sacred Heart, Missoula; Jonathan D. Shaw, Billings Senior; Sean P. Sherman, Big Sky, Missoula; and Benjamin R. Wagner, Nashua.

Associated Press

Volunteer deadline nearing

The deadline approaches for students who want to apply for Wildlands Volunteer Corps summer projects.

Programs are for students 15-18 years old. Applications are due May 15.

Programs include:

Amphibian Monitoring in the Swan Valley, June 18-22.

Road Reconnaissance near Superior, July 9-13.

Welcome Creek Wilderness Plant Inventory, July 23-27.

Grizzly Bear Track Surveys in the Swan Range August 6-10.

There is no cost to participate. Some camping gear and limited transportation is provided. Contact Wildlands Volunteer Corps Director Andrea Stephens at 542-1815 or e-mail for more information or to request an application.


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