New science kits for D51 teachers thanks to Mill Levy override

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- District 51 says the 2017 Mill Levy override will raise more than $6.5 million, every year for ten years.

Friday, science teachers from five different elementary schools were putting that money to good use.

1st and 2nd-grade teachers met up at Appleton Elementary School to learn about new science kits, that are based on the new STEM curriculum.

They were given binders full of ideas to use in the classroom with students that would help them expand their knowledge of engineering and science.

"This is going to be huge, so what we are doing is putting a foundation for our students to be critical thinkers, to be able to find the answers to questions that they are asking to make sense of concepts and then also to act as engineers that they are going to be making prototypes to solve problems,” said Becky Jones, Science Content Specialist with School District 51.

The Mill Levy has also added new security vestibules in their schools such as Appleton. It’s also added five extra days to the school year, helped restore and build new projects, and updated teacher training.

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