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HEF grants reward teachers for 'Great Ideas'

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The Helena Education Foundation awarded ten Great Ideas Grants to teachers at schools throughout the area.

Projects that received funding ranged from getting iPads to help study earth science, to letting kids get hands-on culinary experience with 'Iron Chef' inspired lessons.

Broadwater Elementary 4th and 5th grade teacher, Jodi Delaney, received more than $700 to buy an Xbox Kinect, a Wii program and some games to encourage movement and learning. She says that some students respond well to kinesthetic learning, and 'exergaming' is a way to use the kids' love of video games in a positive way.

"We also have a huge obesity and health problem, especially with our young people and we need to start teaching them lifelong exercise habits and activity habits now because it's way too late if we're trying to teach them when they're in middle and high school," says Delaney.

Thursday's grants totaled more than $20,000. The Great Ideas Grants program is in its 10th year.


Story by Kaelyn Kelly, Beartooth NBC.
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