The Plum Creek Montana Great Classrooms Awards program has been generous to the Hamilton school system.

For the second year in a row, Echo Allison and Arielle Rhodz, Spectra Enrichment Specialists, received funding for one of their projects. The program awarded them $4,000 this year to "Animate It All." The project is a hands-on elementary and middle school curriculum combining photography, animation and clay animation.

Science instructor Becky Burg teaches a Forensic science class at Hamilton Middle School. She received a $7,500 grant for 12 compound light microscopes that will allow the students to examine hair and fiber, rocks and minerals and other objects "left at the scene of the crime."

Health teacher Marie Antonioli is getting $8,375 for her "Anatomy in Clay" project at Hamilton High School. The Careers in Health Science class will include students using clay to sculpt body systems on reusable plastic skeletons, increasing their knowledge of human anatomy.