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Billings Educators Receive ING Unsung Heroes Grant

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For nearly 20 years, the ING Unsung Heroes program honors educators across America with Grants. Four educators and librarians in Billings received the $2,000 award.

The plan is to fire the imagination of students and introduce students to the literature of best selling author Neil Gaiman, who will be visiting Billings for the grand opening of the Billings Public Library.

"He touches a broad base of people from 15 to 85 that love his work. And sometimes we find that just getting the word out a little bit will help people understand his work better. And it's not often you get an author of his caliber in Billings, Montana," says Lyn McKinney, Librarian at Billings Senior High.

With the grant, the educators will purchase Gaiman's books for each grade level, and will create discussion groups. The grant will also be used to purchase art materials for the students who will then create artwork based on how the book affected them, all to be displayed in downtown Billings.

"Everybody has a gut reaction to what they read. And by providing them with some art materials and some different ways to express themselves, we think it will appeal to them. And the fact that their materials will be on display in the public eye," says Elizabeth Waddington, Librarian at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

These Billings educators will now compete with other ING winners to win a larger grant.