Gear-Up’s “I Pledge to Graduate” breakfast

By McKenzie Williams

Photo Class of  2023.Photo by Mckenzie Williams, The Montanian.


On  Thursday, May 23 Gear-Up held their 7th grade I Pledge to Graduate Breakfast in the Libby Middle High School Gym.

“GEAR UP is an externally funded program designed to help students step into a bright future and career by increasing academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education, increasing high school graduation rates and enrollment in postsecondary programs, and to increasing students’ and families’ knowledge about postsecondary and financial aid options.” said Deanna Malyevac Gear-Up Liaison for LMHS.

Gear-Up grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. Gear-Up funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students according to their website.

“Throughout these past years, GEAR UP has supported many events in our school to enhance college and career opportunities for our students. We have been able to take the entire 7th grade class to visit North Idaho College in Coeur’ D Alene to expose them to a real campus and encourage them to explore opportunities for their future. GEAR UP has created opportunities like the after school robotics club, participation in Science Olympiad, the mentor program, and it has provided iPads, Chrome Books, and calculators in math classes. We have been able to hold 7th and 8th grade STEM days in our community through Fish Wildlife and Parks, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center and Libby Dam so that we can expose students to careers in the science field. GEAR UP also offers summer camp options for our students, and has supported events such as Festival of Nations, the LMHS Career Fair, FAFSA night, College Application Week and College Signing Week. Over the next several years, this 7th grade class will have the opportunity to visit many more college campuses, and experience more career exposure.  GEAR UP hopes to help you as parents, our teaching staff and our school to send these students out after 12th grade college and/or career ready” said Malyevac.

7th grade students and their family’s enjoyed a free breakfast served by Libby Public School employees. Soon after they began the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance and a quote from well-established author and researcher in leadership and management, Dr. Ken Blanchard, who said, “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”.

This ceremony was in resemblance to a high school graduation, providing the students with an example of what their high school graduation could resemble if they work hard to graduate.  But that’s not why all the students and parents were there. They were there to make a verbal and written commitment to graduate in the year 2024 and continue on either to the workforce or to further their education.

The students were asked to sign I Pledge to Graduate cards along with a mentor as they were making a major commitment. The event had speakers as well. Student Body President Austin Swatzenberger gave the 7th graders some personal advice on school and commitment along with Student Body Vice President Zach Carter. In addition to those there was guest speaker from our community, Ms. Katie Pfeifer who is a Libby alumni and was raised in Libby and graduated from Libby High School in 2001.  After high school she attended Eastern Washington University and obtained her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene.  After spending several years in the Tri-Cities, she has moved back to our community and works at the NW CHC dentist office. They also offered an array of door prizes throughout the event.  After all the speakers and the door prizes the students walked across the stage as their names were announced, they shook the hands of the principle and was a handed a certificate and a free t-shirt.

Libby Video Club


website now online

Great news!  We have started a website.  Please visit us at libbyvideoclub.com and be a part of the process.  As the website is being developed, we welcome any pictures or history you might have specific to the Libby Video Club.

Recently you have seen some channel changes and interruptions.  Laff, channel 12.1, Bounce, channel 10.1 & Escape, channel 14.1 have been dropped because the satellite that we receive these channels from has changed polarity on the transponder.  We will have to change the polarity on our receiving dish which could take some time. We hope this only takes a week or two.

There will be a lot of broadcasting activity for the next three weeks which are beyond our control but be assured we are doing our best to keep as many channels available to Libby as we can. With the changes that are occurring you may see some pixilating from time to time, be sure to re-scan your television.  We work hard to correct these issues as they arise.

Keep in mind, as we reported in January, that there will be more changes when KREM, KHQ and KAYU become unavailable.  These are network channels out of Spokane.  We are working to replace these channels with new programing.

Thank you to all who have donated to Libby Video Club, your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.  Remember Libby Video Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donations may be tax deductible.  Donations can be mailed to Libby Video Club, PO Box 977, Libby MT., 59923 or can be dropped off at 1st Montana Bank, Glacier Bank or Lincoln County Credit Union.


Submitted by Terry Peck

Lemonade on the Lawn

The Libby Friends of the Library held their first “Lemonade on the Lawn”. John Nores presented his new book, “Hidden War”. Photo by Tracy McNew, The Montanian.