Education foun­da­tion gives grants in Dec., Jan.

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

In De­cem­ber of 2015 and Jan­uary of 2016, the Nebo Education Foun­da­tion gave a to­tal of 14 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.

“It is a plea­sure to re­ceive the grant ap­pli­ca­tions and see how re­mark­able and cre­ative the Nebo District teach­ers are,” said Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Kristina Chris­tensen. “The Nebo Education Foun­da­tion fa­cil­i­tates th­ese grant monies to help teach­ers re­al­ize their ideas and stu­dents’ po­ten­tial. As a foun­da­tion, we get to see a glimpse at how well our teach­ers are in­struct­ing our stu­dents. Our teach­ers are truly tal­ented and uti­lize ev­ery penny. They do such a great job!”

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing teach­ers that con­tinue to in­spire the minds of stu­dents:

De­cem­ber 2015 Salem Ju­nior High School

Jor­dan Blanchard Salem Ju­nior High will be us­ing its grant money to fin­ish a pro­ject to im­prove ath­letic and phys­i­cal education fa­cil­i­ties at the school. The money will specif­i­cally help fin­ish a dis­cus ring by pur­chas­ing the four-piece alu­minum ring, which will be mounted into the al­ready-con­structed con­crete pad. “We will now have a com­pe­ti­tion-level train­ing area for our track and field team to prac­tice dis­cus,” Blanchard said. Oakridge School

Mark Jones Oakridge School will use its grant for pur­chas­ing adap­tive strollers for its stu­dents. Many stu­dents at Oakridge are able to walk but have chal­lenges that limit their abil­ity to walk longer dis­tances. Hav­ing adap­tive strollers al­lows th­ese stu­dents to re­main with their class when they be­come fa­tigued or ex­pe­ri­ence pain. The strollers will be used for ev­ery­thing from big events like field trips to small events like walks to the park. Riverview El­e­men­tary School

Lesa Hyer Riverview El­e­men­tary School teacher Lesa Hyer will use her grant to buy four Chrome­books for her class­room. “I have had two stu­dent com­put­ers in my class­room to use in cen­ters for the past few years,” Hyer said. With the Chrome­books, “Stu­dents will have re­li­able, ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy in the com­fort of our class­room. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for stu­dents with­out tech­nol­ogy at home.” Salem El­e­men­tary School

Pam Lynn Salem El­e­men­tary teacher Pam Lynn will also use her grant to pur­chase a set of Chrome­books. “The Chrome­book grant means a lot to our third-graders and teach­ers. We are so ex­cited to be able to have a class set of Chrome­books. The stu­dents cheered when they re­al­ized that ev­ery­one can get on their own Chrome­book at the same time,” she said.

Rees El­e­men­tary School Nate Wright, Jen­nifer James and

Tim Men­den­hall Ress El­e­men­tary’s three sixth-grade teach­ers will use their grant to take stu­dents to Salem Pond where they will learn about the micro­organ­isms liv­ing in the pond as well as test wa­ter qual­ity. Mt. Loafer El­e­men­tary School

Rhonda Brady Mt. Loafer El­e­men­tary will use its grant to buy seven new sets of books for its lev­eled read­ing li­brary. “We were in des­per­ate need of up­dat­ing ti­tles so that the stu­dents will con­tinue to be ex­cited about what we are read­ing in class,” Brady said. Maple­ton El­e­men­tary School

Chris­tine Jones Maple­ton El­e­men­tary’s grant will be used for a Foun­tas and Pin­nell Lev­eled Lit­er­acy Sys­tem, which in­cludes 110 sets of books, Lev­els A-J, for the school’s Guided Read­ing in­struc­tion in kinder­garten and first and se­cond grades. “Th­ese books are per­fect for en­gag­ing pre-emer­gent and emer­gent read­ers who are just be­gin­ning their jour­ney on the road to be­com­ing life-long lovers of read­ing,” Jones said.

Jan­uary 2016 Goshen El­e­men­tary School

Krista Open­shaw This grant will go to pur­chase Span­ish chap­ter books for the school’s li­brary. Krista Open­shaw said,

“Our sixth-grade team this year has five ESL stu­dents that speak very lit­tle to no English. I no­ticed that the school has lots of Span­ish pic­ture books but no chap­ter books for our older stu­dents to en­joy. San­taquin El­e­men­tary School Brian Grif­fith, An­na­lyn Greer, An­drew Mecham and Judy Rawle San­taquin El­e­men­tary’s grant will be used to pur­chase Chrome­books for sev­eral class­rooms, giv­ing more stu­dents ac­cess to the tech­nol­ogy. Spring Lake El­e­men­tary School Ien Richins Spring Lake El­e­men­tary’s grant will be used to pur­chase Il­lus­trated The­sauruses. Teacher Ien Richins said, “The fifth- and sixth-grade stu­dents are go­ing to thor­oughly en­joy us­ing them to en­hance their writ­ing and vo­cab­u­lary build­ing pro­cesses.” Bar­nett El­e­men­tary School

Trenya Peter­son This grant will be used to pur­chase a new iPad and pro­vide a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions to help stu­dents with speech ther­apy. “It’s go­ing to be a real game-changer for my stu­dents with lan­guage dis­or­ders, es­pe­cially those strug­gling with verbs and prepo­si­tions. The tech­nol­ogy will be used to de­liver and man­age speech-lan­guage ther­apy and in­struc­tion for stu­dents in preschool through sixth grade,” said teacher Trenya Peter­son. Tay­lor El­e­men­tary School

Mindy Su­mens “Our kinder­garten stu­dents are thrilled to be­gin our ad­ven­ture into the brain­based, multi-modal world of Se­cret Sto­ries” us­ing this grant, said Mindy Su­mens. “The sto­ries and the learn­ing cards are go­ing to be used to con­nect our young learn­ers through vis­ual, au­di­tory, and kines­thetic means in the ac­qui­si­tion of new read­ing and writ­ing skills.” Payson High School

Clint Peery This grant will help sup­port the broad­cast­ing pro­gram at Payson High. The school’s more than 125 broad­cast­ing stu­dents have pro­duced more than 75 live broad­casts so far this year and the grant will help them con­tinue to share the news of Payson High. Goshen El­e­men­tary School

Joanie Burn­ing­ham This grant will be used by teacher Joanie Burn­ing­ham to pur­chase Chrome­books for her se­cond-grade class to en­hance their learn­ing through var­i­ous read­ing, math and sci­ence pro­grams.

The Nebo Education Foun­da­tion gave seven grants to Nebo district schools in De­cem­ber of 2015. Pic­tured at Salem Ju­nior High School as it re­ceives its grant are Kevin Mecham, Scott Bar­low, Jor­dan Blanchard, Keela Goudy and Earl Davis.

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