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Great Falls chool district's mentor program receives $1.6 million grant

July 29, 2005View for printing

A $1.6 million federal grant announced this week aims to keep high school students in Great Falls in school with one-on-one mentors, job shadowing opportunities, career advisors and more.

Dick Kuntz, grades 7-12 assistant superintendent, announced that C.M. Russell and Great Falls High, along with three Missoula high schools, will receive about $160,000 a year for five years through the Smaller Learning Communities Program , an offshoot of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The program's main focus is helping incoming freshmen stay in school by providing them advisors and hiring a mentor coordinator who will recruit volunteers to work with students.

The program also provides job-shadowing opportunities for juniors.

"We're excited," Kuntz said. "This is going to be a really good way to boost our ninth-graders."

By TRAVIS COLEMAN Tribune Staff Writer

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