Governor Steve Bullock today released the following statement to welcome Montana students and educators back to school.
“As Lisa and I send our three kids back to school, I know that Montanans all across the state share the same excitement for the year ahead and the same pride in our public schools for opening the doors of opportunity to all students,” said Governor Bullock. “Whether you’re a teacher, a student, a parent, a coach, or a cross walk guard, I wish everyone another successful school year. Montana’s kids are remarkable, and I can’t wait to see what dreams and bold ideas they have in store for us this year.”
Governor Bullock also released the following video to highlight efforts across Montana to provide students with a valuable educational experience, including efforts to increase access to dual enrollment, equipping classrooms with 21st century technology, and starting the school day with a healthy breakfast.
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Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney will be participating in back-to-school visits this week to showcase progress in enhancing educational opportunities for students in Montana.
Governor Bullock will visit West Valley Middle School outside of Kalispell on Thursday to highlight the importance of equipping classrooms with 21st century technology. Since 2015, Governor Bullock has partnered with EducationSuperHighway to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband at Montana schools. In the past year, 40 Montana schools upgraded to scalable infrastructure, including West Valley School, which installed fiber and doubled their bandwidth.
Lt. Governor Cooney kicked off the first day of school today at Ridge View Elementary in Belgrade by serving Breakfast After the Bell and joining students in the classroom for a healthy meal. Ridge View Elementary School received a privately funded grant last year to implement Breakfast After the Bell in the classroom and increase participation in school breakfast through an initiative spearheaded by Governor and First Lady Bullock and Montana No Kid Hungry.