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Grants Awarded Summer 2019 by the Nebo Education Foundation

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:01am
By Lana Hiskey

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.

Apple Valley Elementary – Angie Craig        
Angie Craig, special education teacher at Apple Valley Elementary, stated, “I am so grateful for the money I received from the Nebo Education Foundation. I will be able to purchase two iPads to use in my classroom. Students will be able to access different educational programs to practice concepts that are being taught. I will be able to access my IEP program by using the iPads, making it possible to do electronic IEP's.  I want to say thank you to the Nebo Education Foundation.”

Spanish Oaks Elementary – Megann McKendrick
“The fourth grade at Spanish Oaks Elementary uses Scholastic News articles to instantly engage students in real life scenarios of science, social studies, technology, and other relative news around the world in a kid friendly way. The online resources from this bundle add to their learning with the engaging debates, videos, quizzes, and educational games. What makes this all even more wonderful is that the articles change reading levels throughout the year to help  students increase their comprehension and fluency. The students LOVE Scholastic News and we are so excited to have them in our classrooms this year. Thank You!” exclaimed Megann McKendrick, fourth-grade teacher at Spanish Oaks Elementary.

Larsen Elementary – Donna Terry
Donna Terry, fifth-grade teacher at Larsen Elementary, said, “As educators, we know that fifth grade is a key year to engage students in STEM activities that will impact future learning and success. The very best way for students to understand the science core standards is through hands-on exploration. I believe that science is the engine of prosperity and the foundation of everything. The funds from the Nebo Education Foundation grant funds will be used to purchase supplies for student exploration of electricity, heredity, matter and earth surfaces. Activities such as creating circuits, exploring bird beak adaptations as well as seeing how the tectonic plates, weathering, erosion, and deposition create and change landforms, just to name a few. This grant will provide experiences that will inspire my students to love science and open doors that otherwise would be closed.”

Canyon Elementary – Missy Rawe
Missy Rawe, special education teacher at Canyon Elementary, said, “I am very grateful for my very first grant and what it will mean to building the resources and learning in my classroom. I teach in the Special Education Preschool here in Nebo and am excited to be able to help my students enjoy and participate in reading on a deeper level. For many of them, this simply means providing materials (like Big Books) that they can see (despite challenges with vision). Many of my students are working on attending as well and the mere size of these books is captivating for them. The toys I have carefully selected are designed to assist my students who are learning about cause and effect, tracking, and how they can act on the world around them. I love my students and am thankful to Nebo Education Foundation for partnering with me to enrich their learning.”

Brockbank Elementary – Sabrina Huyett
“Thank you so much for fulfilling our grant for class sets of books! We are so thrilled. This will enable all three fifth grade classes at Brockbank Elementary to purchase a class set of books. Each teacher chose a different book that she is excited about. We will use the class set to start the school year reading a book as a class, which will allow us to share great literature together and establish expectations before breaking into smaller guided reading groups. I'm so excited that the grant came just in time, before the beginning of the school year. This is perfect,” said Sabrina Huyett, fifth-grade teacher at Brockbank Elementary.

Oakridge – Mark Jones
Mark Jones, physical therapist at Oakridge, stated, “Thank You Nebo Foundation for your generous grant. Standing is an important part of our physical health. It strengthens bones, elongates muscles, improves respiration, assists with gastro-intestinal function, and increases our alertness. Many of the children attending Oakridge School are not able to stand independently and require an assistive device to help them to achieve a standing position. Your generous grant has assisted us in purchasing a ‘stander’ that will help these children get into and maintain a standing position. This will not only help their physical function, but will also help their ability to be alert as they work on their academic goals, to be in an ideal position to use augmentative communication devices, and to help these students interact with their peers in a more typical manner. We, at Oakridge, are very excited to use our new stander and for the benefits it will bring to our students. Thank you again!”  

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, by phone 801-354-7400, or mail 350 South Main, Spanish Fork, UT 84660.              

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