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Rob and Terry Ryan found STARS, "Science & Technology At ouR Schools". Donate dream classrooms in biology, chemistry and physics to the Hamilton, Montana School District

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November 16, 2005View for printing

Hamilton School District is pleased to announce The Rob & Terry Ryan Foundation has awarded another major grant to benefit Hamilton High School Students.

In September, the Foundation announced a “Dream Classroom” contest.

Teachers were advised to dream big. The contest challenged teachers to state how they could use better technology in their classroom to inspire students to learn. The Ryan’s selected finalists to interview from all the proposals submitted.

The winners are: Marie Antonioli and Tom Schmit for Biology and Tony Favero for Chemistry and Physics.

This grant funds the purchase of state of the art laboratory data collection sensors, digital microscopic imaging, biotechnology related equipment, and desk top computers and software needed to support these technologies. These technology purchases will allow for high quality student data to be collected, enhance visualization of the microscopic world, and allow students to better understand and appreciate the impact that biotechnology will have on their lives.

Ultimately the goal is to provide exceptional laboratory experiences that will inspire student interest for greater exploration in science and engineering and increase the number of students entering this career field.

The need for technology funding in the Hamilton School District grows each year. With this grant Rob and Terry Ryan are founding a new booster club for Hamilton Schools to support “Science & Technology At ouR Schools” (STARS).

They have issued a challenge to others to donate to worthwhile projects enhancing education for our youth. There are many booster clubs at schools to help fund sports. STARS is a pioneer concept to support science and technology. The Ryan’s hope it becomes a national prototype.

The school district needs to spend $100,000 a year to replace and maintain its current technology every six or seven years. The District is grateful for the Ryan’s willingness to support our students and make our community a remarkable place to live.


Rob Ryan, the founding CEO of Ascend Communications, and his wife Terry formed Entrepreneur America in 1995, to provide start-ups and established businesses with mentoring services that improve growth, profitability, and/or market position. Typically we work with high technology startups whose proprietary technology provides a significant barrier to competition. We also work with later stage companies and have made significant contributions to their strategic positioning and growth.

Reader Comments:

This is an outstanding effort that goes directly to the heart of providing our children with the best possible education.

Congratulations to Rob and Terry for funding these classrooms and to educators Marie Antonioli, Tom Schmit and Tony Favero for having the qualities that give our children the very best opportunity to succeed.

Do you have "STARS" in your community?

How can we encourage successful people and organizations to consider similar donations of entire classrooms? STARS is an example that will propel Montana's education system to truly warrant the saying - "The State with the Best Education Wins".

Thanks again to Rob and Terry. Now it's our job to carry on by emulating their example.


What a wonderful gift and an excellent example of stepping up and doing something positive in and for your community.

The action or gift can be any size. The message is participate in your community and your future!

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