The Nebo Education Foundation is composed of 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.
Darlynn Menlove, board member, said, “The funds donated by our generous benefactors enable our fine educators to enhance both traditional and technology based methods of teaching. We could not provide this assistance without the donations we receive from our communities, corporate and private donations.”
Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to inspire the minds of students.
Spanish Fork High – Deon Youd
“Thank you, Nebo Education Foundation, for helping us keep great literature in the hands of our students. With this grant, Spanish Fork High School juniors will get new books to read. Particularly, we will be ordering historical fiction books to enhance our students’ reading abilities and their understanding of the world. It is so important that students have currently published titles that are engaging and relatable. Thanks to the funds in this grant, we will be able to purchase classroom sets of two different books that are relevant to our curriculum and our students' interests. We look forward to reading and learning with our students as we build our selection of reading materials!” exclaimed Deon Youd, English teacher at Spanish Fork High.
Larsen Elementary – Emily Rosier
Emily Rosier, a teacher at Larsen Elementary, said, “In first grade, one of our focuses is to teach students how to write complete sentences. Each week, we pick a story to read and study for the week. We study the sentences and learn to write like an author. We examine a specific sentence in each story and specifically look at how each sentence in a book has a capital letter at the beginning and punctuation at the end. This grant is helping the first grade teachers at Larsen Elementary purchase these books that will help to encourage and teach students how to write like an author!”
Valley View Middle – Shaun Brunson
Shaun Brunson, a teacher at Valley View Middle, said, “Thank you so much for the generous donation! This grant enables us to buy a 3D printer to help our students experiment with and learn design principles. In our Curiosity class, students are allowed to select their own learning goals. Many students have interests in engineering and design and having access to a 3D printer allows them to test ideas, create prototypes and experiment authentically with design principles. Because of our collaboration with the library, students outside of our classroom will also benefit as they will be given access to create their own 3D-printed projects as well. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to expand student learning and offer them a chance to acquire skills I would otherwise be unable to offer them.”
Payson High – Amy Stanley
“Teaching computer science to students has its challenges because of the technical and analytic skill set required to learn it. I have been looking for ways to bring code to life in the classroom to accelerate the learning process and receiving this grant will allow me to do just that. The funds will be used to purchase a code bot which is an educational robot designed specifically for learning python at an industry level. The bot puts the focus on the code, providing endless learning opportunities that will teach our students how to program effectively. My hope is to create opportunities that require problem solving and that will ground abstract coding concepts. This new tool has the element of fun needed to do just that,” said Amy Stanley, a teacher at Payson High School.
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