At the Great Falls Public Schools board meeting on Monday evening, Brad Talcott surprised his wife Linda Caricaburu with a gift for the 60th birthday: furnishing the media center for the new Giant Springs Elementary School.
They both had three generations attend Roosevelt Elementary School, which is the forerunner of the new school.
With that reasoning, Talcott could not think of any better way to honor his wife, and also help the community.
The money will be used to fill the state-of-the-art media center with computers, different types of learning centers, and shelving.
Caricaburu says she grew up loving books and spending most of her days in the library, so this gift really affects what she loves most, including the Great Falls Public School District.
"The best part of this gift was that it was a gift that is going to keep giving for many years to kids. I think as the holidays are coming up, you know we often times have people that are hard to buy for, but often times those people have a passion. Maybe their passion is schools or libraries or symphonies or dogs - or whatever. If we can maybe give a gift in their name to an organization that they feel strongly about, it's really a great way to just give and to honor them as well,” Caricaburu said.
Giant Springs Elementary School is set to open in the fall of 2018.
Construction of the school is being funded by a $98 million bond that was approved by voters last year. But by law, such capital projects do not include furnishings or equipment.
(SEPTEMBER 26, 2017) The Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees took action on Monday night on the naming of two new elementary schools.
Those are Roosevelt Elementary School, which is being rebuilt on the site of the old Lowell Elementary School (located along 5th Avenue North between 31st Street and 32nd Street); and Longfellow Elementary School, which is being rebuilt on its existing site.
Roosevelt Elementary School is currently located at 2501 2nd Avenue North; Longfellow is located at 1100 6th Avenue South.
The Board unanimously voted to rename Roosevelt to Giant Springs Elementary School, a nod to nearby Giant Springs State Park; the Board voted to retain Longfellow's name.