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Superintendent Juneau Announces 2016 Impact Award Winners

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau honored five outstanding Graduation Matters Montana communities and one foundation in Bozeman during the 2016 Impact Awards.

This year's honorees include the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Graduation Matters St. Ignatius, Graduation Matters Columbia Falls, Graduation Matters Great Falls, Graduation Matters Hamilton, and Graduation Matters Billings.

"It's an honor to present the 2016 Impact Awards to six groups who continue to exceed expectations when it comes to raising the bar for students, and working with community partners to support that ongoing effort," Superintendent Juneau said. "In just six years, Graduation Matters Montana communities and partner organizations have developed innovative and lasting ideas that prove when we work together, we can make significant progress.

Graduation Matters Montana was launched by Superintendent Juneau in 2010 to ensure Montana's public schools graduate more students who are prepared for college, careers and the military. Since launching that initiative, Montana's graduation rate has increased by nearly six percentage points, from 80.2 percent in 2009-2010 to 86 percent in 2014-2015. There are now 58 communities across Montana with their own Graduation Matters initiatives

Click here for more information about this year's honorees.

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Don't Miss The Montana Farm To School Summit

Join the Montana Office of Public Instruction and statewide partners for the Montana Farm to School Summit: Sprouting Success on September 22-23, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration and skill building. The conference features Chef Ann Cooper, a nationally renowned advocate for improving school meals as well as, Montana farm to school champions who will share their stories and experiences. The summit will also be an opportunity to learn about and register for the new Montana Harvest of the Month program .

Scholarships are available to help participants with registration fees and travel costs.

Register online here.