Nebo Education Foundation Gives Grants January 2022

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Fri, 01/14/2022 - 15:36
DFMS: Gayle Gammell, Lana Hiskey, Christian Cragun, Marla Bird, Stacy Nance, Cecily Yeager
Larsen: Lana Hiskey, Gayle Gammell, Jessica Hall, Bethany Clark, Marla Bird, Stacy Nance
 SFJHS: Lana HIskey, Gayle Gammell, Stacy Nance, Robin White, Marla Bird, Chris Loveless
 SHS: Lana Hiskey, Gayle Gammell, Marla Bird, Mark Pickett, Stacy Nance, Robert Fleming

Nebo Education Foundation 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. The Nebo Education Foundation functions through generous donations made by individuals and businesses.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to see the full cycle of how the Nebo Education Foundation is involved in helping the students of Nebo School District. After we receive funds from the community, we review grant proposals from dedicated teachers who have specific classroom needs, then we are able to award a grant to that teacher who uses those resources to enrich the educational experience for our students,” stated Foundation Board Past President Stacy Nance. 
Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to inspire the minds of students.

Diamond Fork Middle – Christian Cragun
Christian Cragun, teacher at Diamond Fork Middle School said, “We at Diamond Fork are so grateful to the Nebo Education Foundation for their generous donation. With this grant, we will be able to purchase a set of noise canceling headphones for our special education department. Many of our students have the accommodation ‘minimize distractions’ in their IEP, and these headphones are an excellent new technology to help us do just that. This will allow our students to better focus on their assigned task, even when it differs from other projects and work going on in the same classroom. This also allows me to better differentiate instruction for my students. With these headphones, I can work with small groups on phonics or reading passages without fear of distracting those not in the group who are working on other assignments. This grant from the Nebo Education Foundation is a true help in better serving our students.”

Larsen Elementary – Jessica Hall
Jessica Hall, skills technician at Larsen Elementary said, “I am so excited and grateful to receive a grant to help get our Wellness Room up and running. The goal is to help the students be able to have a spot to come to when they are feeling stressed, angry, or sad. When they come into the Wellness Room, we are giving them the opportunity to get their emotions under control and be able to have a successful day in their classrooms. The Wellness Room will have a sensory area, a quiet area, a motion area, and an artistic area where the students will be able to sit and read a book, play hopscotch, do yoga, dig their hands into kinetic sand, or draw a picture along with multiple other activities that will be offered to them. I am excited to watch the progress of the students as they learn to recognize and handle their big emotions.”

Spanish Fork Junior – Robin White
“I am excited to share with the Foundation that I will be using my $750 grant to build up books for literary circles. One of the things that I hear from students is that they want more voice in their education. They want choice and ability to drive their own learning.  Literary circles allow me to do that within my classroom: students can choose what text they are reading, it enhances student-centered learning, and it allows me to differentiate instruction. Literary circles teach students how to talk about books, and with assigned roles and routines, more students will be able to step up and facilitate the learning of their group.  I am really excited to implement more literary circles in my class, and the grant will allow me to purchase multiple copies of different books to hopefully engage more learners.  Thank you so much!” exclaimed Robin White, English teacher at Spanish Fork Junior.

Springville High – Mark Pickett
Mark Pickett, teacher at Springville High said, “We would like to share our appreciation for the grant from the Nebo Foundation this past week.  As a Special Education teacher, I love the opportunity to enhance the student learning opportunity by offering Project Based Learning opportunities in the Math 2 classroom experience.  With this generous grant, we will look to order several robotics kits to use with our resource students in providing a hands-on project based approach to learning. We have the ability to use our expertise and our resources to provide authentic and engaging project-based learning experiences within our secondary resource math classrooms. As they explore programming, building, and controlling robots in the classroom, students are able to learn math principles in real world situations. Thank you all for this generous opportunity.”

The Nebo Education Foundation functions through generous donations made by individuals and businesses. The Foundation provides Nebo School District students an enriched education. Anyone interested in donating to the Nebo Education Foundation should contact Lana Hiskey by email lana [dot] hiskey [at] nebo [dot] edu, by phone 801-354-7400, or mail 350 South Main, Spanish Fork, UT 84660. You may also make a donation online at: 

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By Lana Hiskey