The Nebo Education Foundation meets each month at 7:00 a.m. to discuss submitted educational grant proposals for students in Nebo School District. November was especially busy. One of the goals of the foundation is to fund worthwhile projects in the district that provide resources to enrich student learning.
Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to invigorate the lives of students.
Payson High School – Seth Field
“Thank you so much for accepting my grant proposal! Words cannot express how excited I am for this opportunity, and grateful I am to work for a district that so eagerly and readily supports these endeavors. The money received from this grant will be used to purchase a wide variety of books that students from the entire school will have access to. These books will have the power to cultivate a love of reading, learning, and exploring that I hope will inspire them throughout their lives. Again, this means so much to me. Thank you,” stated Seth Field, English teacher at Payson High.
Apple Valley Elementary – June Lopez
June Lopez, literacy coach at Apple Valley said, “Thank you to the Nebo Foundation for supporting our teachers in ways to implement what they are learning through the LETRS training. Our teachers want to help ALL students learn to read! With this grant funded, teachers will be able to systematically teach students explicit phonics instruction utilizing the decodable texts. Our teachers were thrilled to hear that they will have meaningful resources that fit a scope and sequence that aligns with our district's phonics continuum. Thanks again for supporting all readers at Apple Valley Elementary!”
Wilson Elementary – Troy Hymer
“Thank you Nebo Foundation for your generous contribution to the Green Room (Wellness Room) our team is starting at Wilson Elementary. This will be a great addition to the other support services we already have in place at Wilson Elementary in Payson. Our mission statement is "We are the Wilson Lions. We lead. We achieve. We succeed! ROAR!" This grant will help us to gently LEAD with new options that sooth, calm and positively reinforce a child's self esteem. The grant will allow students to ACHIEVE academically, as students can leave a stressful event to recalibrate, refocus and then return to their classes. Our students will SUCCEED in their emotional regulation, learn grounding techniques and coping skills to overcome difficulties they may face. We are grateful for the Nebo Foundation for their generosity which helps us to make a greater difference in the lives and well being of our students at Wilson Elementary. ROAR!” exclaimed Troy Hymer, counselor at Wilson Elementary.
Barnett Elementary – Heather Boogert
Heather Boogert, psychologist at Barnett Elementary said, “Thank you so much for the grant. It will be used for our Green Room (Wellness Room)! This is a preventative space for our students to learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors prior to shutting down, melting down, exploding, making poor choices, etc. With this grant we will be able to provide the space, and activities for students to recognize and identify the emotions they are feeling, reset and refocus, and return to the classroom ready to learn! Thank you for making it possible!”
Spring Lake Elementary – Thresa Nelson
“We are so grateful and excited to be receiving this grant! The funds will be used to purchase decodable readers for our students. These books will help readers to acquire phonics skills and become better decoders. In addition, the books will help align to the reading skills students have learned and allow them to feel success at the earliest stages of learning how to read. It will provide many teachers access to materials they need to provide systematic instruction to their students! We are incredibly grateful at Spring Lake for this generous contribution! Thank you a million times over!” exclaimed Thresa Nelson, literacy coach at Spring Lake Elementary.
Principal Teresa Jordan said, “We are so grateful for the generous grant from the Nebo Foundation to purchase decodable readers for our kindergarten and first-grade classes. We will use matching funds to buy double the amount of books which will enable us to serve twice as many children. Our school is committed to improving literacy success for all students and will use the money toward that goal. We are sincerely grateful for the support of the Nebo Foundation.”
Park View Elementary – Lynne Lowe
Lynne Lowe, instructional coach at Park View Elementary said, “Thanks so much for the grant to purchase decodable Flyleaf readers. Our students will truly benefit from these materials. With the new adoption of the LETRS pedagogy, we will put these materials to use right away to help readers build fluency in the many phonics skills that are available for practice in these decodable readers. Our teachers will be happy to have these decodable books available for their readers.”
Wilson Elementary – June Lopez
“Thank you to the Nebo Foundation for providing decodable texts our teachers can use to help all students learn to read. In our LETRS training days with the district, we are learning better ways to teach all students how to read. Having resources to do this is critical in student success. Our upper grade teachers needed more options for their students to learn explicit phonics instruction and apply it in text. With the money from this grant, we were able to purchase sound-out chapter books to support our older students with the targeted skills necessary for future literacy success,” said June Lopez, literacy coach at Wilson Elementary.
Payson High School – Kyle Francom
Kyle Francom, Dean of Students at Payson High School said, “We want to thank the Nebo Education Foundation for this generous grant. The grant will provide guitars for students in our guitar club and guitar class. While students can bring their own guitars, this grant will provide access to a musical instrument, regardless of whether or not a student owns or can afford a guitar. Some students are deterred from participating because they don't have an instrument. This will give them the ability to enjoy the benefits of learning an instrument, and engaging with peers through a club or class. Thanks again! The guitars have been ordered, and should be here next week.”
Wilson Elementary – Melissa Jorgensen
“Wilson Elementary is so excited for the grant that was given from the Nebo Education Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase decodable readers that will help students learn to read successfully through specific skills in phonics instruction. Our school has needed more resources to support all teachers with skill based instruction in reading and the decodable readers will provide that additional support. Thank the Nebo Education Foundation for this grant to help our teachers and students here at Wilson, we truly appreciate it,” stated Melissa Jorgensen, Title I Coordinator at Wilson Elementary.
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