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Tools for Schools’ exploring the outdoors with cutting edge technology

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WEST SALEM, Wis. (WXOW) - 7th graders in West Salem going out into the forest this winter and upcoming spring will soon have a new tool to help them explore!

This month's Tools for Schools winner teaches science at West Salem Middle School. As the winner, Brian Baker is the recipient of a $750 grant. He plans to use the money to purchase eight GPS units to help students make observations, collect forest measurements and record their exact location.

"We did an experiment with GPS units earlier in the fall and they absolutely loved it which is what kind of sparked this. It's like, 'oh we really should make this something that we do.' We go out to the forest in the fall, winter and the spring," said 7th grade West Salem teacher Brian Baker.

A representative with Brenengen Auto Group shared why being a Tools for Schools sponsor means so much more this year.

"I appreciate all the teachers taking the time and filling out these applications because I know that their needs are great. You wish that you could help out all the teachers, but I just feel if they continue to do so and we just check the needs for every month and every year to help out the community, we will help out the kids as best we can," said Tiffany Brenengen.

The grant funding is thanks to Brenengen Auto Group, Dependable Solutions and River Bank.

Teachers can always apply by going to the Tool for Schools page by clicking here.

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