Additional October 2022 Grants Given by the Nebo Education Foundation

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Payson Jr.: Lana Hiskey, Kristina Christensen, Keela Goudy, Justin Keisel, Tanner Last, Brian Rowley, and percussion students
Salem Jr.: Mike Adams, Brian Rowley, Kristina Christensen, Keela Goudy, June Williamson, Lana Hiskey, Justin Keisel
Foothills: Lana Hiskey, Keela Goudy, Kristina Christensen, Olivia Chatterton, Justin Keisel, Brian Rowley
Mt. Loafer: Brian Rowley, Lana Hiskey, Kristina Christensen, Katie Blake, Justin Keisel, Keela Goudy
Salem Jr.: Mike Adams, Lana Hiskey, Kristina Christensen, Jamie Siggard, Brian Rowley, Keela Goudy, Justin Keisel and special education team
Payson Jr.: Kristina Christensen, Brian Rowley, Hannah Tervort, Keela Goudy, Lana Hiskey, Justin Keisel
Valley View: David Knudsen, Kristina Christensen, Brian Rowley, Keela Goudy, Angelyn Perkins, Justin Keisel, Lana Hiskey
Park View: Brian Rowley, Kristina Christensen, Amber Gull, Keela Goudy, Lana Hiskey, Justin Keisel
Salem Jr.: Mike Adams, Kristina Christensen, Keela Goudy, Brian Rowley, Angela Adams, Lana Hiskey, Justin Keisel

The Nebo Education Foundation board had a large number of grants in October. Here are a few more that received funds to meet the many needs across the district. This Foundation Board functions through generous donations made by individuals and businesses as well as fundraisers where all the money goes to educate students in Nebo School District. Thank you to all those that so generously supported Nebo students through donations.

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

Payson Junior – Tanner Last
“Thank you so much, again, for visiting our classroom today, and thank you to you and all the board members for approving our grant. We are using the grant money on a new marimba for our percussion students. The percussion program here at Payson Junior High has been growing over the last few years and is set to continue to grow in the years to come, based on the number of percussionists currently enrolled at the middle school,” stated Tanner Last, band teacher at Payson Junior High. “When resources are limited for percussion students, it can be hard to learn the skills necessary to play their instruments well. Some programs have their students use practice pads or practice banners that copy the layout of a keyboard percussion instrument but lack the sound and feel provided by a real instrument. This can make it harder for students to know if they are playing the right notes and/or developing the correct technique, in addition to just not being as fun to play as the real thing. This foundation grant will allow hundreds of students to gain valuable percussion skills as they utilize the new marimba every day in class, this year and in years to come. Thank you so much for your gracious contribution to the Payson Junior High band program!” 

Salem Junior – June Williamson
June Williamson, math teacher at Salem Junior, said, “I love the support of the Nebo Foundation!  My first iPad was from them and now it is outdated, so I just submitted for another one! The students will love being able to see their participation displayed on the projector and have more engaging conversations about their work! Thank you again Nebo Foundation for your support!”

Foothills Elementary – Olivia Chatterton
Olivia Chatterton, severe special education teacher at Foothills, said, “I am so excited to get wobble stools for my classroom! The students in my class will greatly benefit from seating options that support their sensory needs. I'm so excited to observe increased attention during group instruction and even more progress with IEP goals. Thank you so much!”

Mt. Loafer Elementary – Katie Blake
Katie Blake, reading intervention specialist at Mt. Loafer, said, “I am delighted and so thankful to the Nebo Foundation for approving my grant request!  We started two new reading intervention programs at our school this year, and we will be using the money to pay for some innovative teaching and learning tools that will greatly enrich the activities we use to help our students learn to read. Hands-on, multi-sensory learning is so valuable for young learners! This grant will allow us to purchase supplies we need to make meaningful learning experiences fun for our students. THANK YOU Nebo Foundation!”

Salem Junior – Jamie Siggard
Jamie Siggard, special education teacher at Salem Junior, said, “I interviewed and was hired about a week previous to school starting last year. I started teaching a week into the school year after a quick move from southern Utah! It's been a whirlwind as I've started a classroom from the ground up and figured out how to be a teacher along the way. I work with the best students and feel great love towards them! All of us classroom staff are SOOO grateful for this grant and will use it to buy sensory items, accommodated seating, and reinforcement activities for the students! Thank you for your support - it means a ton!”

Payson Junior – Hannah Tervort
Hannah Tervort, history and geography teacher at Payson Junior High, said, “This grant helped pay for a set of classroom books that we will be reading together. The book I selected is a graphic novel of Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. I find incorporating literature and history to be fun and exciting for the students. This graphic novel will also be a way for students that tend to be visual learners to be able to engage in the story as well. Comparing and contrasting is a crucial skill in school and we will be comparing the historical documentation of the assassination of Julius Caesar with Shakespeare's telling of the story. They can find the similarities and differences in the story to develop that skill. This grant is really helpful for me to be able to purchase these books for my classroom. It allows me the opportunity to use literature in a history classroom and to engage my students in multiple levels of learning.  Thank you!”

Valley View Middle – Angelyn Perkins
Angie Perkins, drama teacher at Valley View, said, “Thank you for matching our funds here at Valley View Middle School.  This grant money will help to purchase musical boom whackers that will be used within the drama and choir department. The grant will also be used to buy between 20-30 medieval costumes for the current musical we are getting ready to put on in December. These costumes are ones we can use over and over for years to come.” 

Other Grants:
Park View Elementary – Amber Gull
Salem Junior – Angela Adams

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By Lana Hiskey