Enrich Teaching, Inspire Learning
The Bozeman Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and expanding Bozeman’s commitment to excellence in public education. In support of Bozeman School District #7, we supplement the traditional educational experience by providing additional resources to inspire, enrich, and reward the educational ambition of district students and educators. Among other initiatives, we empower teachers through grant programs and reward students through scholarships.
Pack the SackOne in 8 elementary students face hunger in the Gallatin Valley. The Bozeman Schools Foundation works with students, families, BSD7 schools, and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank to raise awareness of food insecurity and raise funds for Kidspacks to support students who may otherwise go hungry.$25,053.25 donated of $20,000.00 goal
BOZEMAN READSThe Bozeman School District, in partnership with the Bozeman Schools Foundation, launched a new early literacy program in 2021 called “Bozeman Reads”. With the generous support from our sponsors we are able to help parents and childcare providers to better prepare children for school and set them up for future success.$43,000.00 donated of $67,000.00 goal
School Supply DriveAn extremely convenient way to purchase back-to-school supplies while raising money for PACs and our Foundation!$8,000.00 donated of $12,000.00 goal
Apple AwardsTEACHER APPRECIATION week is May 8th - 12th, 2023, and there's no better time to honor a teacher! Our Apple Award program recognizes outstanding teachers, administrators, staff and school leaders while generating funding for district-wide programs.$5,200.00 donated
Worthy Student ScholarshipsThis scholarship program is one of our most rewarding ways to recognize student character and ethical values.$36,000.00 donated of $60,000.00 goal
Links to LiteracyWe support early reading through an annual book giveaway and summer reading program.$100.00 donated of $7,500.00 goal
Spark GrantsThe Spark Grant program gives teachers and staff the opportunity to implement creative and innovative programs that would not otherwise be funded.$640.00 donated of $25,000.00 goal
Community and Memorial Sponsored ScholarshipWe work together with individuals and families, such as Craig Kitto's family, to establish named and endowed scholarships for graduating high school seniors. You Can Donate To A Scholarship Here.$0.00 donated
The benefits of reading are vast – from improved writing skills to vocabulary development, from mental stimulation to stress reduction. And while our students take a break from school during the summer months, we don’t want a hiatus from reading. Studies show that reading loss is significant in grades K-2, but children who live close to a library tend to read more books during the summer. We are initiating a new summer reading program to offer increased access to local school libraries and reading incentives. More info coming soon!
Our Progress, Your Success
The Show Will Go On at the WillsonThe community’s largest performance space, the Willson Auditorium, was in dire need of much more than a facelift back in 2014. Together with community partners, we helped raise $2.5 million to renovate and restore this Bozeman landmark. From a new sound and lighting system to refurbished seats, from raising the ceiling to new bathrooms, the entire auditorium was renovated.
The Willson Auditorium is heavily used by the community, including the Intermountain Opera, the Bozeman Symphony, and local ballet companies. It also hosts Hawks Night Live and other high school, middle school and elementary school performances. This restoration gives Bozeman a renewal in arts education for years to come.
Implementing Daily STEM LearningResearch has shown that early STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) engagement leads to long-term interest. When hands-on, engaging STEM topics are introduced at a younger age, students are more likely to continue and succeed in higher-level math and science in high school and college.
We are committed to help students prepare for the huge growth in science, technology, engineering and math careers. Together, we have raised $350,000 to implement a STEM curriculum in grades K-8. This campaign specifically helps train teachers, and provides technology and equipment to the classrooms so every elementary and middle-school student can participate in daily STEM learning.