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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Promote excellence in education by providing opportunities and resources outside of the scope of district budgeting to billings public school students.

Programs: Expenses incurred through the promotion of excellence in education by providing opportunities and resources to billings public schools students and educators.

the foundation offers classroom grants to educators in billings public schools to encourage innovation and excellence in the schools. Applicants must demonstrate effective instruction methods that inspire students to learn. The program generally provides seed money for material costs and curriculum development enabling projects to continue long past the initial funding.

saturday live is a day-long, all school district, outdoor carnival benefiting billings public schools. This family oriented event brings hundreds of volunteers, parents, educators, and business leaders together for one of the largest school carnivals in the country. School groups use their proceeds for the following: technology, book purchases, field trips, travel expenses for clubs, uniforms, school materials, and special assemblies

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools began in 1994. At that time the 100% volunteer organization didn’t even qualify for hand-to-mouth status. Today, through sound planning and hard work by the dedicated staff (2 part-time & a summer intern) and committed community board, the Education Foundation is a community success story. Their programs, such as Reading Rocks and Classroom Grants, fill the needs of both students and educators. This will be my 7th summer as volunteer for Reading Rocks, a reading program designed to help low income students whose reading levels are known to drop during the summer. I am richly rewarded for giving one lunch hour a week to read to children who welcome not only the reading activity and a book to take home but also the contact with caring members of the community. (program details at: http://www.efbps.org) Teachers giving vacation time to be Reading Rocks volunteers is a positive sign for the program. I have found the Education Foundation to be a responsible, forward-looking and fiscally conservative organization. As an example, for a number of years the board has funded a quasi endowment in order to provide the organization with long-term, sustainable funding. The Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools makes a difference for students and teachers in our community.