Community briefs: Winter wear donated; STEM competition; Habitat grant; board openings

First Interstate Bank donates winter wear

Team members from First Interstate Bank, a $33 billion community bank with more than 300 branches across 14 states, recently collected and donated 12,232 clothing items from the Bank’s annual Coats and More Drive to help keep community members warm this winter.

Items collected included coats, hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and snow boots, and were given to local nonprofits, including schools, child and family services, senior centers, and veteran outreach programs.

Since starting the drive in 2009, First Interstate has collected and distributed 63,532 total items to community partners and schools.

CHS a finalist in STEM competition

Samsung announced 300 public schools have been named state finalists in the 13th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM competition – and four schools in Montana were selected. Representing the best of more than one thousand competition entrants, each state finalist has won a package of $2,500 in technology and school supplies.

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The Montana state finalists are:

Capital High School in Helena, MTMontana School for the Deaf and the Blind in Great Falls, MTSentinel High School in Missoula, MTWhitefish Middle School in Whitefish, MT

These State Finalists advance to additional stages

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