03.18.16

Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: The Eighth Grade Class at Big Timber Grade School

U.S. SENATE — Senator Steve Daines today recognized the eighth grade class at Big Timber Grade School for taking over the writing for the Big Timber Pioneer Newspaper.

The Big Timber Pioneer participated in Newspapers in Education Week and the lucky new young writers were the eighth graders of the Big Timber Grade School. This very special edition of the newspaper was a compilation of stories written and pictures taken by the individuals. There are 38 students in the class and they all wrote an article.

“Our eighth graders worked very hard on this edition. Lindsey Kroskob at the Pioneer was phenomenal! The special edition was her idea and she supported us every step of the way,” Kathy Morgan, an English Teacher at Big Timber Grade School stated. “This was a great lesson for our students on how to conduct an interview, take accurate notes, and meet deadlines.  Most of the students really took this assignment seriously and they worked very hard to create articles they were proud of. We really have an amazing group of eighth graders at Big Timber Grade School.  This project wouldn’t have been possible without their diligence and strong work ethic. It was a great project and we look forward to working with Lindsey and her staff in the future.”   

“This project was very near to my heart, both as a journalist and as a young student who found her passion for journalism by chance in the classroom. Our world and the industry have changed drastically in the last two decades,” Lindsey Erin Kroskob, Editor and General Manager at the Big Timber Pioneer stated. “The way Americans connect with their news is radically different. Community newspapers are the stronghold. The Big Timber Pioneer, and newspapers like it, thrive because we strive to reflect that heart — the heart of our communities. This project is a perfect example of that. The eighth grade students and their teachers, Kathy Morgan and Tami Mehus, took my idea and solidified it. They showed enthusiasm, passion and courage in their willingness to put their work in front of the public. I’m humbled to be recognized alongside them and grateful to Senator Daines for highlighting the significance this project held for our community.”

  Big Pioneer

Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

 The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

                        MONTANAN OF THE WEEK 

     Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the eighth grade class at Big Timber Grade School. The class recently took over the writing for the Big Timber Pioneer Newspaper. 

     The Big Timber Pioneer participated in Newspapers in Education Week and the lucky new young writers were the eighth graders of the Big Timber Grade School. This very special edition of the newspaper was compiled of stories written by the individuals of the class. There are 38 students in the class and they all wrote an article.

     Big Timber is located in sothern Montana. It’s a small town of roughly 1,600 people. I’m sure this was a huge honor for the eighth grade class, their parents and the whole town. 

     Thank you to Lindsey Kroskob, the Managing Editor of the Big Timber Pioneer, for making this a goal of hers since 2015 and for making it happen this year. It’s people like you that can help shape the minds of our young Montanans to realize that anything is possible.

     Congratulations to the eighth grade class for getting the opportunity to write for the newspaper. I look forward to reading your very special addition and learning about the students of Big Timber Grade School. Maybe I’ll see your names someday in national publications across our country. 

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