Robin David receives Burgum's award for innovative work on Grand Forks school district's Mentor Center

The award was announced at the 2021 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on Monday, June 7, in Bismarck.

The #InnovativeND awards recognize students, educators, schools and districts that lead by example and have embraced innovation for the benefit of schools and students, according to an announcement from the school district.

The Mentor Center, which opened in January on the UND campus, is dedicated to filling a gap for all middle and high school students, especially those who are distance learning on a full- or part-time basis during the pandemic. It serves as a face-to-face, drop-in resource center for students to receive academic, social-emotional and technology support.

Other activities, meant to further enhance the learning environment, are part of the center’s programming. They focus on art, music and STEM enrichment and experiences to support social-emotional well-being.

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Free snacks and grab-and-go cold meals are also available and provided by the GFPS Child Nutrition Department.

The program has been supported financially by the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief, or GEER, Fund.

“Robin has done a phenomenal job

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