Keith Richards, a math teacher at Diamond Fork Junior High School in Spanish Fork, was surprised this past week by Horace Mann insurance agent, Craig Harvey. Another $250 will go to the school as part of the "Win $ Win" Sweepstakes.
How did Keith win the donation? Educators and other school employees across most of the United States could enter the "Win $ Win" Sweepstakes before November 11, 2010, with drawings held at scheduled dates in August, September, October and November 2010 for educators.
The Nebo School Board of Education enjoyed seeing the innovative ways that technology is being used in the classrooms of Nebo School District.
Janna Runolfson, first-grade teacher at Brockbank Elementary, shared various experiences that has truly helped her first-grade students improve their reading ability. She mentioned that teachers are always looking for new and innovative ways to teach students. Mrs. Runolfson learned that it is about the students and their thought process and skills.
Payson Junior High delighted the Nebo School Board of Education with their Jazz Band directed by Mrs. Connie Ericksen. They performed music from the selection of Glenn Miller – music popular in the1940's. Some of the pieces played included "My Dinner With Ronald", "American Patrol", and "Ain’t Got No Place to Go".
Principal Carl Swenson remarked about the music presentation, "Mrs. Ericksen directs her Jazz Band in class just as enthusiastic as she has here tonight."
The Jazz Band meets at 7:00 a.m. a couple of times each week.
For more than a decade, Principal Dwight Liddiard and Clinical Faculty Advisor for Brigham Young University, Katherine Beck, have been sharing Christmas books with educators, librarians and others interested in fabulous, recently published new books.
Dwight and Katherine researched and reviewed books copyrighted in 2010 and chose 31 well-written and nicely-illustrated Christmas books.
Brenda McFarland, kindergarten teacher at Spring Lake Elementary, was awarded a grant for an Egg Incubator. Brenda said, "I am so excited to have received this grant from the Nebo Education Foundation. I can't wait to use it with my kindergartners. We will hatch eggs during our Farm Unit this spring. What a great experience it will be for my students to have a hands-on experience hatching eggs. Thanks again Nebo Education Foundation!"
Bonneville UniServ noted that many students in Utah County schools are struggling. Some live without the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter despite the availability of social assistance programs.
Nebo School District and other school districts have joined with Bonneville UniServ, United Way, and community groups to serve our children. Children from low-income families who need glasses, hearing aids, shoes, winter coats or dental needs, can receive these items through Kids Cause Coordinators.