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YBGR Receives Major Donation

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The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation received three donations totaling $30,000 Thursday.

First Interstate Bank, First Interstate BancSystems Foundation, and Stockman Bank all presented a $10,000 check to the YBGR Foundation.

YBGR Foundation president, Kurt Alme, says the money helped hire three new therapists and behavioral specialists to be able to help at least 30 kids in the classrooms.

He says without proper help, nearly 50% of emotionally disturbed kids fail to graduate.

Alme also talked about the dropout problem in 2012, and believes the staff at YBGR and Yellowstone Academy knows how to help.

"2012, 292 kids in Yellowstone County didn't graduate and we know a good number of those children have emotional disturbances or serious emotional disturbance. Those are kids that we can help at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and here at Yellowstone Academy," says Alme.

Jacob Kauffman was a YBGR student starting in fourth grade, and is one of many who found success through the program.

Kauffman is now majoring in biology at MSU Billings and talks about how much YBGR has meant to him.

"It's almost like they're family. They've helped out with a lot of stuff. I think it's great and I'm happy that it'll go to help even more people," says Kauffman

Alme wants to thank the Yellowstone community for all the support shown toward Yellowstone Academy.

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