Christmas Comes to More Nebo Teachers in December 2020

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 16:48
By Lana Hiskey

The Nebo Education Foundation gives gifts in the form of grants to various Nebo teachers across the district.

President Brian Rowley said, “We feel very fortunate to be able to see the full cycle of how the Nebo Education Foundation is involved in helping the kids 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 kids.”
Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to bless the lives of students. 

Maple Mountain High – Dave Jones
“This grant is giving us a great opportunity to expand how information is presented and how students receive it. We will be getting some GoPro cameras and an iPad. These will be used to shoot, record and transmit videos for ceramic demonstrations and videos. We are excited to implement this technology and utilize it as a teaching tool to get information to the students both in class and for at home learning. Students are already looking forward to seeing how this technology can be implemented and utilized in the classroom and in other areas of the ceramic and art world.  Having this technology will allow for creative exploration between teacher and student, student and student and in areas that we have yet to think of. It is great to have such a helpful resource in our district,” stated Dave Jones, art teacher at Maple Mountain High.
Goshen  Elementary – Cami Barber
Cami Barber, third-grade teacher at Goshen Elementary, said, “Thank you so much Nebo Foundation! I am so excited to receive this grant! I will be using this grant to purchase some learning palettes and cards for my students to use during reading and math time! During our small group reading, my students will be able to use these independently in their reading rotations to reinforce their phonics skills, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. It will be tailored to fit each student's needs with differentiated levels and scaffolds. During math, students will be able to use these during reteach time to reinforce what they have learned or to practice their skills. The students will think they are playing a game while they are learning. What a great way to learn! Thank you again for supporting my students with this grant!”

Canyon Elementary – Staci Call
“Thank you so much, we are so grateful to receive this grant for our school library. With these funds we will be able to purchase a new and updated President Biography Set and also a State Set. The new updated sets have slightly larger text with colorful pictures to help support the text and are much more appealing to the students. These books will be a great addition to our library and will benefit many students for years to come,” said Staci Call, librarian at Canyon Elementary.

Payson High – MaKenzie Simons                            
MaKenzie Simons, special education teacher at Payson High, said, “I am so excited for this grant from the Nebo Education Foundation! My special education unit is going to use this money to purchase a set of classroom iPads. Currently we only have 3 class iPads that I am trying to share between multiple students. With all of my students being able to have an iPad in class, I will be able to use multiple applications to assist my students' specific needs. I am looking forward to turning my classroom into a more high functioning blended learning environment! Thank you so much to the Nebo Education Foundation for supporting us as teachers but also wanting to better the learning environment for our students.”

Spanish Fork Junior – Jonathan Lawrence                    
“My Nebo Foundation Grant will be used to purchase books at appropriate Lexile levels for my students to access in my classroom lending library. The Lexile system helps students match the vocabulary level of reading materials with their needs as determined by the i-Ready Reading Diagnostic administered three times a year in the English classes. This data helps teachers and students choose appropriately challenging texts that will grow the students’ vocabulary when paired effectively.  It is anticipated, the grant funds will add around 75 books to my classroom lending library,” said Jonathan Lawrence, teacher at Spanish Fork Junior.

Mt. Nebo Middle – Doni Bufton
Doni Bufton, sixth-grade teacher at Mt. Nebo Middle, said, “In our new sixth-grade STEM class at Mt. Nebo Middle School, students are given many challenges.  These challenges require the students to use the engineering process to solve real world problems by creating their own solutions. Using current technology is a vital component in the training of our future innovators. The Nebo foundation has awarded Mt. Nebo Middle School the money to purchase iPad cases to protect the newly purchased iPads. The 6th Grade students will use these iPads to code robots, create videos, and collect data from their engineering and scientific tests. The students are so excited to use the iPads in our next learning unit of coding the Sphero Bolt and Cue Robots from Wonder Workshop. Thanks to the Nebo Foundation and all the people that contribute to it for giving wonderful opportunities to our students to prepare for the future.”        

The  Nebo Education Foundation is composed of approximately 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. 

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