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Grand Forks Foundation for Education Awards $1,300 for Local School Project

News Release

For Immediate Release

December 14, 2020

Grand Forks Foundation for Education Awards $1,300 for Local School Project

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Foundation for Education, Inc. is awarding $1,300 this year to help fund a staff development project in Grand Forks Public Schools using the Bjertness Staff Development Endowment.

In 2004, the Bjertness Staff Development Endowment was established in honor and memory of Echo Bjertness and Ben Bjertness. Echo and Ben were both long-time educators whose wish was to assist teachers in Grand Forks Public Schools in their growth as educators. The fund continues to grow thanks to monthly gifts from the Bjertness Estate (until June 2020). The income from the endowed fund shall be used to finance one or more annual grants to educators in Grand Forks Public Schools for the purpose of developing or improving their teaching skills.

Elisa Diederich and the School-Wide Enrichment Program (SWEP) has been awarded $1,300 for Empowering Equity in Gifted Education Virtual Conference.

For further information on the project that was funded this year, please contact Foundation Executive Director Emilia Hodgson at 701.787.4866.

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