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November Grants Given by the Nebo Education Foundation - Answer to Wednesday Challenge

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 4:51pm
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. 

Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to bless the lives of students. 

Springville Junior High – Adrienne Ottley, English Teacher
“The Springville Junior High ninth-grade English classes are so excited to have Permabound copies of ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell to read and study. All of our ninth-grade students will learn about rhetorical devices and propaganda and will connect themes from the book to modern-day issues. We hope students will realize the power of their voices and the importance of being informed citizens through reading this novella. Thank you, Nebo Education Foundation!” exclaimed Adrienne Ottley, English teacher at Springville Junior High. 

Santaquin Elementary – Scott Earl, Fifth-Grade Teacher
“Wow, this is so incredible, The reason I wrote this grant is because we need Chromebooks in our class.  We would use them every day so much more in the classroom.  Chromebooks add another level to the learning process.  My students stay much more engaged in a lesson if they are using a Chromebook. I do think there needs to be a balance. You should not use Chromebooks for everything in the classroom.  Your students could get overloaded with technology. I will find that balance with the Chromebooks. It definitely adds quite a bit more to most lessons depending on the lesson and subject,” explained Scott Earl, fifth-grade teacher at Santaquin Elementary. He went on to say, “I am so excited to receive this grant for Chromebooks. They are so useful to everyday teaching. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my students practice their math facts.  On the Chromebooks it is much more efficient. Students learn so much more quickly. Students have access to more tools in the classroom. They can look things up, fact check, and find more information for writings or group work. Chromebooks are so useful in everyday teaching. Thanks again for the grant. I am excited to be able to have the Chromebooks I need for the classroom.  They will be used every day.”

Rees Elementary – Tonya Painter, Third-Grade Teacher
Tonya Painter, third-grade teacher at Rees Elementary, said, “I am so thrilled to receive this grant.  These headphones will be so appreciated by myself and my students. The headphones will be used for Imagine Learning and other programs we use with our Chromebooks. I was a little nervous writing the grant,  This is my first time and I am so thankful to have such a supporting district and school.  Mr. Gull is fantastic at supporting his teachers and staff! Thank you again!!”
Larsen Elementary – Angela Eckhardt, Kindergarten Teacher
“I am so excited about my Nebo Foundation grant to purchase touch screen Chromebooks for my kindergarten classroom! The funds from this grant will make it easier for my students to use technology, by enabling them to log on and maneuver through programs with less hassle. I will use these Chromebooks every day during rotations and centers. Having the touch screens will make it easier for me to concentrate on reading groups instead of having to help students with computer problems. THANK YOU Nebo Foundation!!” exclaimed Angela Eckhardt, kindergarten teacher at Larsen Elementary.

Salem Hills High – Lori Muir, English Teacher
Lori Muir, English teacher at Salem Hills High said, “We are so excited to receive these new books for all the students at Salem Hills. We will be specifically using them in AP Language (over 85 students) but students in the leadership classes and many other disciplines can also benefit by having access to some wonderful new titles. Students will be able to choose based on interest either Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (for students interested in psychology and social sciences), Mind Gym (for more athletic students), or Quiet Power (for students looking to maximize their introverted personalities). All of these titles will boost students' background knowledge, increasing their reading comprehension for many texts. We also love how we will analyze the rhetorical choices authors have made in each of these titles. Our English department is grateful to have these options and feel like they will benefit many students for years to come. We can't thank you enough.”                                        

Salem Elementary – Tori Lewis, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Tori Lewis, sixth-grade teacher at Salem Elementary, said, “Thank you so much to the Nebo Foundation for the generous grant to my classroom. Because of your donation my 6th grade students will receive 58 new world history social studies mini books and three boogie boards. We will be using these books for two purposes, to study social studies and to have extra material for Dyad Reading. We will be using the boogie boards to keep track of unknown words during Dyad Reading. I have been wanting to add these resources to my classroom for quite some time and I’m beyond grateful to be able to use these books and the new technology in my classroom. This grant will make a difference in the lives of my students. Many thanks!”

Spanish Oaks Elementary – Amber North, Special Education Teacher
“Thank You so much Nebo Foundation!!  We are so thrilled to have Chromebooks in our classroom!!  It is such a huge asset to help my students learn!  My students will be able to access academic sites to help reinforce their learning.  First, they can work on Imagine Learning a great site to help students with phonemic awareness, phonics strategies, vocabulary, comprehension and reading on their level.  They can access IReady Math which is the math program that the students will be using that is a helpful math site for the students to use for assessments, academic tasks, and math games.  It assesses the students to find their instructional level and helps teach and review concepts with which they struggle.  These are a few sites that we use in my classroom and I look forward to finding more resources to help them achieve even more and learn proper ways to search the internet and be safe online. Thank You again!!” exclaimed Amber North, special education teacher at Spanish Oaks Elementary.

Congratulations to Jessica Jindra for answering this week’s “Where are we Wednesday?” sponsored by Wiggy Wash.

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