Nebo Education Foundation gives grants to local teachers

r The Nebo Education Foundation has awarded grants to several Nebo School District teachers to support a variety of programs and projects that will help improve students’ education.

The foundation is made up of 20 volunteer board members who live in cities served by Nebo School District. Board members meet each month to review and award grant requests, consider fundraising avenues and discuss other items that advance the educational opportunities of 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.

These grants are funded through the fundraising efforts of the Nebo Education Foundation board. One fundraising effort is the annual “Green Fever” golf tournament. The 2016 “Green Fever” tournament will be held Thursday, May 19. Also, the foundation accepts donations from individuals and businesses to support projects.

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

RyLee Reid, Riverview Elementary School, Spanish ForkrSecond-grade teacher RyLee Reid said this grant will be used to purchase informational leveled books on animals of different habitats. Students will have the opportunity to research animals as teachers integrate science, writing, geography and reading into one fun project.

Danika Nuttall, Canyon Elementary School, Spanish ForkrThird-grade teacher Danika Nutgall said this grant will be used to purchase a year’s subscription to Storyworks Jr. Magazines. The articles inside the magazines will be used to build essential analytical reading, writing and learning skills that are crucial for test readiness.

Dana Beckert, Sierra Bonita Elementary School, Spanish ForkrDana Beckert, a facilitator at Sierra Bonita said this grant will be used to purchase 38 copies of “The Reading Strategies Book” by Jennifer Serravallo. This book provides 300 different strategies for teachers to help students develop 13 crucial reading skills. Teachers will discuss each of the 13 crucial reading goals during staff development meetings throughout the year and opportunities will be provided for teachers to share experiences as they implement the step-by-step strategies in the book.

Stephanie Anderson, Payson Junior High School, Payson

Stephanie Anderson, a science teacher at Payson Junior High School, said this grant will be used to purchase digital dissecting microscopes. These microscopes can be used for biology dissections and inspections of animal specimens, dirt, rocks and mineral samples. Students will be able to view live images on an LCD touch screen. This means students will be able to capture images of their specimen and view images as a group.

Lisa Christensen, Mapleton Elementary School, MapletonrLisa Christensen, a fourth-grade teacher at Mapleton Elementary School, said this grant will be used to purchase Level N, O, P and Q books for the school’s leveled library. The new titles will be used while working with students in Guided Reading Groups. Obtaining the new books will enhance teachers’ ability to work with students in small group reading instruction.

Tami Evans, Brookside Elementary School, Springville

Fourth-grade teacher Tami Evans said this grant will be used to purchase ear-canceling earmuffs for her students to use during independent work. The class already has a few pairs of earmuffs, but they are so popular that there are never enough to go around. Students especially love using them during writing activities as they block out distracting noises. Evans said some of the benefits from what her class calls the “funny ears” include better reading comprehension, higher math concept retention and more fluent writing.



Chris Baird
Chris Baird
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