SCHOOL GRANTS

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The Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion has given 12 grants to var­i­ous schools within Nebo School Dis­trict to aid teach­ers in their ef­forts to pro­vide stu­dents with the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble. Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion board mem­bers meet each month to re­view and award grant re­quests, con­sider fundrais­ing av­enues and dis­cuss other items that ad­vance the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for Nebo School Dis­trict stu­dents. The Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion func­tions through gen­er­ous do­na­tions made by in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing teach­ers:

Foothills El­e­men­tary School Gabrielle Wil­son

Wil­son said, “I have re­ceived a grant through the Nebo foun­da­tion to re­ceive head­phones for a lis­ten­ing sta­tion dur­ing my lit­er­acy group. ... A lis­ten­ing sta­tion will greatly ben­e­fit my stu­dents be­cause they will be able to lis­ten to great read­ing which will im­prove their own read­ing flu­ency and lis­ten­ing com­pre­hen­sion.”

Mt. Loafer El­e­men­tary School Les­lie Ewell

“The guided read­ing re­source I am pur­chas­ing will give the teach­ers at our school ma­te­ri­als to dive into nu­mer­ous non­fic­tion gen­res. They will pro­vide lev­eled short texts to use in guided read­ing, help­ing stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence many types of non­fic­tion writ­ing and al­low­ing teach­ers to deepen com­pre­hen­sion,”

Ewell said. Salem Ju­nior High School Tiersa Ward

Ward said, “This grant will help pro­vide fic­tion and non­fic­tion books for our eighth-grade English stu­dents at Salem Ju­nior High. In the past, we didn’t have enough books for stu­dents to have their own per­sonal copy, so stu­dents had to read a class copy of a book and had to read it dur­ing class. Now, stu­dents can have their own book to take home and read.”

Spring Lake El­e­men­tary School Denise Ray

“Thank you so much for grant­ing the tech­nol­ogy grant for an iPad. ... I will be us­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion for run­ning records on a daily ba­sis. The iPad will not tie me to my com­puter at the back of the room. I will be able to roam around the room, help stu­dents, and stu­dents will also be us­ing the iPad while con­nected to the server and us­ing the doc­u­ment cam­era,” Ray said.

Spring Lake El­e­men­tary School Ben Atkin

Atkin said, “This iPad will help with read­ing in the class­room. Us­ing apps like Raz-kids, stu­dents can read books on their read­ing level. There are many ways this will help stu­dent achieve­ment. ... I am also im­ple­ment­ing Google Class­room this year. It will be an­other re­source that stu­dents can use to do as­sign­ments in­stead of do­ing them in the com­puter lab, which is of­ten booked up, or at home, which some stu­dents do not have com­put­ers at home.”

Maple­ton El­e­men­tary School Thresa Holthaus

“The money will go to­wards pur­chas­ing eight more Chrome­books for our six­th­grade classes. Sixth-grade stu­dents use Chrome­books fre­quently through­out the day for any­thing from math dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and com­puter cod­ing, to re­search and writ­ing on var­i­ous top­ics. This money al­lows us to dou­ble the num­ber of Chrome­books we were go­ing to pur­chase for our sixth grade,” said Prin­ci­pal Julie Peery.

Maple­ton Ju­nior High School Lori Marett

Marett said, “This grant from the Nebo Foun­da­tion will pro­vide a great re­source for both teach­ers and stu­dents to con­nect con­tent area ma­te­rial with real-world con­cerns. I or­dered three class­room sub­scrip­tions to var­i­ous Scholas­tic mag­a­zines. Th­ese mag­a­zines pro­vide cur­rent, in­ter­ac­tive in­for­ma­tion to our stu­dents.”

Springville Ju­nior High School Lind­sey Shep­herd

“My stu­dents and I are ex­tremely ex­cited to have this grant so we can buy cal­cu­la­tors for our class­room! With­out cal­cu­la­tors, stu­dents have had to spend a lot of time do­ing busy work to com­plete cal­cu­la­tions such as long di­vi­sion and mul­ti­pli­ca­tion out by hand. Th­ese cal­cu­la­tors will elim­i­nate that wasted time so we can have more time to fo­cus on new con­cepts!” Shep­herd said.

Brock­bank El­e­men­tary School Janae Wil­son

Wil­son said, “Thank you Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion for help­ing our up­per grades pur­chase Non­fic­tion Lev­eled Guided Read­ing Short Reads! Th­ese non­fic­tion cards are de­signed to ben­e­fit up­per-grade Guided Read­ing Lev­els (Lev­els M-Z) and will give the fourth- through sixth-grade teach­ers at Brock­bank more ma­te­ri­als to ex­plore many non­fic­tion gen­res.”

Canyon El­e­men­tary School Jeanette Maughan

“This money will be used to pur­chase books on CD for first- and sec­ond-graders to lis­ten to dur­ing their read­ing time. While the teacher is work­ing with small groups of stu­dents, the other stu­dents in the class are busy with other lit­er­acy ac­tiv­i­ties. One of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties can now be lis­ten­ing to books on CD,” Maughan said.

Rees El­e­men­tary School Dixie Spresser

Spresser said, “The money will be used to buy MP3 play­ers and head­phones that will be used to put my books that are on tape or CD onto them. ... Each of the MP3 play­ers along with the cor­re­spond­ing book and a head­set will be placed into an in­di­vid­u­al­ized bag. I will be train­ing my stu­dents how to use them so that they will be able to go get a bag in­de­pen­dently and to lis­ten and fol­low along with the book.”

East Mead­ows El­e­men­tary School Shandy McQuivey, Natalie Mecham, Suzanne Aguero, Penny McEn­tire

This grant is to help fund field trips to Salem Pond for stu­dents. In years past, this has been one of the stu­dents’ fa­vorite field trips. The stu­dents have done ex­per­i­ments, cre­ated a small wet­land and learned about pol­lu­tion and how it af­fects this habi­tat.

Stu­dents at Foothills El­e­men­tary School cel­e­brate re­ceiv­ing a grant from the Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion that will fund head­phones for a lis­ten­ing sta­tion in teacher Gabrielle Wil­son’s class­room.

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