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Montana Tech Donates $2,000 to Kennedy Elementary

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Montana Tech donated $2,000 to the Kennedy Elementary School Wednesday morning.

The money will now go towards the school's "Backpack Program" that helps feed students on the weekend.

The elementary school students ranted and raved when Montana Tech Chancellor, Don Blacketter, handed over $2,000 to their school.

"We depend on each other," said Chancellor Blackketter. "We depend on our community to be supportive of Tech, and Tech needs to support the community. I just think it's a good partnership."

The idea to give back to Kennedy Elementary started as an idea from the American Society of Civil Engineers Structure Club.

Part of the club's purpose is to give back to the community.

"They took the liberty of selling a whole bunch of raffle tickets," said Brian Kukay with the Montana Tech club. "The community, the campus, everybody got behind us in terms of purchasing those tickets. The results are what you see today."

The $2,000 will now go towards the school's "Backpack Program".

The Backpack Program allows the school to give food for the weekend to students who come from families that can't afford it.

Currently, Kennedy has almost 130 students in the program; it's a program that's helped greatly.

"Kids are not as hungry, so they're focused more," said Kerry Lowney with Kennedy Elementary. "We have higher attendance rate, because we would have a lot of kids miss school on Fridays or on Mondays they would go home sick because they didn't eat all weekend."

The donation will help the school purchase food for the program.

The $2,000 is sure to go a long ways.

"We have the highest rate of kids that receive the backpacks here in Butte," said Lowney. Every bag costs about $4.50. So we're giving out about 2,000 bags a month."

"We're very proud to be a part of Tech's campus, and in addition to that, we're proud members of our community too," Kukay said.

The "Backpack Program" will be receiving more donations Thursday night for the Butte Emergency Food Bank's "Empty Bowl Fundraiser".

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