Teach­ers get grants

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Lana Hiskey for Serve Daily

The Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion is com­posed of 20 vol­un­teer board mem­bers who live in cities ser­viced by Nebo School District. Board mem­bers meet each month to re­view and award grant re­quests, con­sider fund-rais­ing av­enues and other items that ad­vance the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for Nebo School District stu­dents. Many of the do­na­tions re­ceived are for se­lected projects, yet a sub­stan­tial amount is avail­able for the great­est need. Great­est need monies are con­sid­ered for grants sub­mit­ted by area schools.

"The Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion couldn't fund these grants with­out the tremen­dous sup­port we re­ceive from the Green Fever golf tour­na­ment, busi­ness part­ners, and in­di­vid­ual donors. Thank you for the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity. The stu­dents in Nebo District have a more en­hanced ed­u­ca­tion than they would oth­er­wise re­ceive. We are grate­ful for all the good we see hap­pen­ing as a re­sult of all those who sup­port the Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion," said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lana Hiskey.

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

Salem Hills High – Ka­cie Bosone Ka­cie Bosone, teacher at Salem Hills High, said, “My Lati­nos in Ac­tion club re­cently re­ceived a grant for a portable speaker through your foun­da­tion. It will be used for our lunchtime so­cials we hold each month. Mu­sic is an im­por­tant part of the suc­cess for these so­cials be­cause it brings so many peers to­gether and is a proven tool to com­bat stress. The so­cials have be­come a well-known func­tion that stu­dents look for­ward to. With the pur­chase of our own portable speaker, we plan to hold even more ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote men­tal health and cre­ate unity within our school. Every­thing is bet­ter with mu­sic!” Rees Ele­men­tary – An­nette Har­vey “Thank you so much for the grant for tech­nol­ogy! This will be amaz­ing! My stu­dents use iPod Shuf­fles daily to lis­ten to flu­ent read­ing, which will en­cour­age their own flu­ent read­ing. It also gives them the op­por­tu­nity to read sev­eral dif­fer­ent au­thors. This is so great! ex­claimed An­nette Har­vey, first-grade teacher at Rees Ele­men­tary.

Cherry Creek Ele­men­tary – Ch­eryl Niel­son

Ch­eryl Niel­son, sixth-grade teacher at Cherry Creek, said, “I am thrilled to be re­ceiv­ing this grant on be­half of my stu­dents to en­hance their ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in my class­room. Though seem­ingly sim­ple, these head­phones will make a world of dif­fer­ence to my stu­dents who have autism or other sen­sory is­sues. The head­phones I am pur­chas­ing have mod­er­ate noise can­cel­ing ca­pa­bil­ity so that these stu­dents are not dis­turbed by out­side noise as they try to fo­cus on their work. To stu­dents with other dis­abil­i­ties, the em­bed­ded mi­cro­phone will fa­cil­i­tate their be­com­ing bet­ter writ­ers of lit­er­ary and per­sua­sive es­says be­cause they can fo­cus on the content of their es­says in­stead of on the dif­fi­cul­ties they have typ­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, the mi­cro­phone in­cluded will en­able all my 6th graders to in­te­grate read­ing flu­ency, higher-or­der think­ing, and cross-cur­ric­u­lar con­nec­tions as they cre­ate self-nar­rated multi-me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions. Again, thank you for sup­port­ing the stu­dents of Nebo School District, and specif­i­cally my class, with your gen­eros­ity.” Oakridge – Candi Bown “I can't thank the foun­da­tion enough for ac­cept­ing this re­quest. This money is go­ing to go to­wards loaner hear­ing aids for hear­ing im­paired chil­dren. Hear­ing aids, like any­thing else, have a ten­dency to break down once in a while and need to be sent in for re­pair. It is im­per­a­tive that they don't have down­time lis­ten­ing in the class­room. To get a hear­ing aid back from re­pair can be up to two weeks which could be cru­cial learn­ing time. This way they are as­sured that even though their own hear­ing aid is bro­ken I can fit them with one dur­ing the time theirs is get­ting re­paired. I will also be us­ing these for stu­dents who are newly iden­ti­fied as hear­ing im­paired. Last year dur­ing our rou­tine hear­ing screen­ing we found 7 kids in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber who needed to be fit with hear­ing aids for the first time. Af­ter ob­tain­ing med­i­cal clear­ance from an ENT I can fit them with hear­ing aids un­til they can find fund­ing for their which can be very ex­pen­sive. The other thing I am us­ing this money and the match­ing funds from the spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment is for mini mics for sev­eral of our stu­dents with cochlear im­plants. This will en­able them to get di­rect au­dio in­put from the teacher to their cochlear im­plants. They can also con­nect to their chrome books and iPad's via blue-tooth. This will pro­vide them with greater ac­cess to the cur­ricu­lum. This money will help many kids over the years, and I can't thank you enough for your gen­eros­ity.” said Candi Bown, district au­di­ol­o­gist.”

East Mead­ows Ele­men­tary – Natalie Mecham

First-grade team at East Mead­ows Ele­men­tary stated, “Thank you for the grant for head­phones. These will be a great help to as­sist the stu­dents in us­ing the Imag­ine Learn­ing pro­gram. The stu­dents will be able to record them­selves and lis­ten to their read­ing. Thank you for your gen­eros­ity!”

Sage Creek Ele­men­tary – Angie Har­tung & Makenna Tay­lor

“We are so ex­cited to be granted this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to purPhoto:

chase Chrome­books for our classes. These Chrome­books will ben­e­fit our stu­dents in so many in­cred­i­ble ways. Third grade Is the first time stu­dents are re­ally ex­posed to Chrome­books, and to have them in our classes will pro­vide our stu­dents the chance to learn about tech­nol­ogy and the im­por­tance it has on our com­mu­nity. We plan to use these Chrome­books on a daily ba­sis with our stu­dents,” said Makenna and Angie, third-grade teach­ers at Sage Creek.

Canyon Ele­men­tary – Kalani Reed Kalani Reed, fa­cil­i­ta­tor at Canyon Ele­men­tary, said, “Thank you so much!! I am so ex­cited about this grant. Bee-Bots are a great way for stu­dents to be en­gaged in their learn­ing. With Bee-Bots stu­dents can learn to pro­gram, se­quence and prob­lem solve in a fun and en­gag­ing way. Stu­dents pro­gram the Bee-Bots to com­plete cer­tain tasks. This can be done with tasks card that stu­dents in­put the in­for­ma­tion and the Bee-Bot runs the pro­gram. Stu­dents learn se­quenc­ing by pro­gram­ming a cer­tain or­der of tasks. Stu­dents will prob­lem solve by look­ing at a map and de­cide how to pro­gram a Bee-Bot to com­plete a path. I am hop­ing to have up­per-grade stu­dents learn to use the Bee-Bots so they can teach the younger grade stu­dents how to use them.”

Larsen Ele­men­tary – Heide Tay­lor “Thank you to the Nebo Foun­da­tion for grant­ing my re­quest for new white­board sets for the three first grade classes. The foun­da­tion is a great way to up­date ma­te­ri­als that have been well used and are worn out. The white­boards will be used in many ways which in­clude word work and for as­sess­ment pur­poses. The Nebo Foun­da­tion has granted every­thing I have re­quested dur­ing the past few years, and I ap­pre­ci­ate their time and ef­forts to help make schools great!” ex­claimed Heide Tay­lor, first-grade teacher at Larsen Ele­men­tary.

Canyon Ele­men­tary – Staci Call Staci Call, li­brar­ian at Canyon Ele­men­tary said, “Thank you so much! I am so ex­cited and ex­tremely grate­ful to be awarded $1,000 for our school li­brary! I will use these funds along with match­ing school funds (PTA match­ing funds and funds from my li­brary) to jump-start an easy to read non-fic­tion sec­tion for our lower grade lev­els–specif­i­cally sports, an­i­mals and science. I have had many re­quests for these types of books this year from the stu­dents in kin­der­garten and first grade. The books I will be pur­chas­ing have text that is a lit­tle larger than nor­mal with fewer words per page so that it is not over­whelm­ing, with large col­or­ful pic­tures to help sup­port the text. I love to see the stu­dents so ex­cited about books and de­velop a love for read­ing at such a young age. With this grant I will be able to pur­chase 129 hard­bound books to start this col­lec­tion. I know that these books will be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to our school li­brary and will ben­e­fit hun­dreds of stu­dents a year for many years to come. This will give us a great start for a new col­lec­tion that we can con­tinue to build upon and help grow in the years to come. Thank you so much! Walt Dis­ney said, ‘There is more trea­sure in books than in all the pi­rate's loot on Trea­sure Is­land.’” Payson High – Derek Camp­bell The Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion func­tions through gen­er­ous do­na­tions made by in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses. The Foun­da­tion helps en­rich stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion in Nebo School District. Any­one in­ter­ested in the Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion or who wish to make a do­na­tion for ed­u­ca­tion is en­cour­aged to con­tact Lana Hiskey by email lana.hiskey@nebo.edu, by phone 801-354-7400, or mail 350 South Main, Span­ish Fork, UT 84660.

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