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Two teachers receive Centennial Bell Award

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Two Bozeman history teachers were honored at a celebration Tuesday – which also marked the 122nd anniversary of Montana’s statehood.

Fourth grade teachers Debbie Nelson and Kristen Hopkins were jointly presented the Montana statehood centennial bell award at the Capitol Tuesday morning. Their class was in attendance and at 10:40 a.m. the students and teachers rang the statehood centennial bell, marking the exact minute that Montana became a state. 

This year marks the first time two teachers have jointly received this award since it was started 22 years ago.

"Just as Lewis and Clark found strength and camaraderie in the companionship of one another I too value my teaching partner.  Taking liberty with a quote from William Clark, 'No woman lives with whom I'd prefer to undertake such trips as Ms. Hopkins,” says Montana History Teacher of the Year Debbie Nelson.

"It is one way that we recognize, support and honor the people in this state who give our kids - these students - the most valuable thing that they can receive: a quality education,” says state superintendent Denise Juneau.

The winners were presented with a monetary gift and books about Montana.


Story by Kaelyn Kelly, Beartooth NBC.
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