Community Foundation Awards $2,000 YIPP Grant to Middle School Students

Tables and Benches installed at Whitefish Middle School

The students at the Whitefish Middle school are enjoying new benches and picnic tables thanks to the 2011 7th and 8th grade Student

Government. The six benches in the Library court yard convert to three tables for reading and study outside. Four other tables were also purchased and installed on the playground for outside study, activities and student lunches. These new tables and benches were made possible through the hard work of the middle school student government and the new YIPP (Youth in Philanthropy Projects) Grant offered by the Whitefish Community Foundation. YIPP is a new program started by the Foundation last year to encourage youth in philanthropy projects. The Middle School Student Government comprised of nineteen 7th and 8th grade students and guided by school mentors Chris Holt and Sarah Parr raised over $2,000 by baking and selling cookies at school dances, school concerts and sporting events. Once the money was raised, the Whitefish Community Foundation matched their earnings with a $2,000 grant. Students representing Whitefish Middle School Student Government including: Sam Benkelman, Ryan Brown, Cassidy Grady, Kate Ehrenberg and McKayla Stone presented their grant proposal in front of members of the Foundation’s Executive Committee.

2011 8th Grade Student Government Sam Benkelman, Ryan Brown, Kate

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YIPP is open to students in Whitefish Middle School and High School. For more information contact the Whitefish Community Foundation at 406-863-1781.

Ehrenberg and Cassidy Grady along with teacher and mentor Chris Holt pose with the new benches that convert to tables in the Whitefish Library