Nebo Education Foundation Gives Grants April 2023
The Nebo Education Foundation meets each month to discuss submitted educational grant proposals for students in Nebo School District. One of the goals of the foundation is to fund worthwhile projects in the district that provide resources to enrich student learning.
These grants are funded through the fund-raising efforts of the Nebo Education Foundation board. One fund-raising effort is the annual “Green Fever” golf tournament that helps fund these various grants throughout the year. The “Green Fever” tournament will be Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Hobble Creek golf course. The foundation also accepts donations from individuals and businesses to support projects.
Marla Bird, president said, “It's exciting to be a part of an organization that improves the learning opportunities for our kids in Nebo School District. With tremendous support of local businesses and giving citizens, the Nebo Education Foundation can provide resources to teachers to enhance the quality of education for our kids in the classroom. Everyone wins when the kids benefit.”
Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to bless and inspire the minds of students.
Barnett/Riverview Elementary – RaeAnn Nelson
“Thank you for the Nebo Foundation Grant! I am very excited to receive this generous donation. It means a lot to me to be able to build a new classroom library for my fifth-graders. The Nebo Foundation is such a valuable resource for the students in our district. Thanks again for providing the best possible education opportunities for my new class,” stated RaeAnn Nelson, future fifth-grade teacher at Barnett Elementary and current at Riverview Elementary. “We are so excited to receive this grant and we want to thank the Nebo Foundation for their generous support. This grant will provide quality literature to use in shared and whole class reading experiences. It will also provide valuable resources for small group literacy instruction. Because of this grant we will enhance and improve our student’s literacy learning. Students can learn many good things and positive values from books. The impact of a good book cannot be measured. Thank you Nebo Foundation for providing learning opportunities for our students. We are very grateful for your generosity and gifts to the students of Nebo School District.”
Foothills Elementary – Becky Clegg
Becky Clegg, first-grade teacher at Foothills Elementary said, “The Nebo Foundation Grant match will supply our first-grade teachers with many tools in the classroom to enable a 'book tasting' for the entire grade. Tools included are: magnetic spinners, hooks and organizers, as well as construction paper crayons and dot markers for themed art projects we will create after introducing books in five different genres. This will supply five first-grade classrooms. The goal of our project is to increase exposure to different types of literacy in our first grade classrooms. We hope this will increase appreciation of books outside their usual preferences and get them reading more. We are looking forward to introducing our students to the amazing world of books outside their usual purview. Thank you so very much for making that possible!”
Springville Junior – Shellie Anderson
“Some of our classrooms have bouncy bands in them, mine is one of them. Students use them daily while listening and working. My classroom is happy! I wanted other students to benefit so I did a poll among the teachers. I got replies from almost every subject: Math, English, Health, World Languages, Science, and World History/Geography, wanting the bands in their rooms too!” exclaimed Shellie Anderson, math teacher at Springville Junior High. “I refer to this grant as the ABCs, A=Anxiety B=Bouncy away C=Centered students. I know that the bands will be utilized by all students throughout SJHS. It makes me happy to assist all students in some way.”
Salem Junior – Sara Barber
Sara Barber, English teacher at Salem Junior, said, “I'm excited to use these non-fiction graphic novels in my resource reading class to improve reading skills, focus on reading strategies, and build background knowledge about the world. Graphic novel memoirs such as They Called Us Enemy and Button Pusher, not only make text accessible to my students but will also allow them to get a glimpse into the life of others and gain empathy. They will show my students the importance of treating others fairly and not letting fear rule our decisions. Thanks so much!”
Payson High – Trent Syme
Trent Syme, science teacher at Payson High, said, “Thanks so much for helping us with grant money. The money will be used to purchase aquariums to teach current and future students about how molecules move in natural environments and show how aquatic creatures interact with each other and their environment. Students will be mapping nutrients such as Oxygen, Iron, Calcium, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and more, showing how all these nutrients are used by the various organisms. Students will be able to assist in the care of, and study of water conditions such as the nitrate cycle, PH balance, dissolved oxygen levels, and rate of photosynthesis. While observing the plants and animals within, they will be able to study five species of fish, five species of invertebrates, many species of plants, mosses, algae, planarian, and protists. Through this opportunity students can study different forms of feeding, breathing, and even observe reproductive behaviors of several fish, invertebrates, and plant species. This opportunity will greatly enhance the learning environment of many students so that they can have a hands-on approach and experience with the actual organisms and chemicals we study in our classes.”
Sage Creek Elementary – Shavon Mousser
“We are so grateful to the Nebo Education Foundation for awarding the grant to purchase a rocket launcher. Each school year, dozens of fourth and fifth grade students at Sage Creek participate in the Dragon Science program. This program offers experiential learning of scientific principles and theories. Fourth graders specifically focus on Newton's Laws of Motion. Designing and launching rockets is the perfect real-world application of each of these Laws and it makes learning FUN!,” said Shavon Mousser, kindergarten teacher at Sage Creek Elementary.
Mt. Nebo Middle – Science Team with Riley Daniels, Tim Mendenhall, Emma Moser
Riley Daniels, science teacher at Mt. Nebo Middle said, “This grant means so much to us at Mt. Nebo. We will be using the money to take our 7th grade students on a field trip to Salem Pond where they will release the trout that we have been raising in our classroom. Because of this project, we have seen tremendous growth in our students and their understanding of life from the simplest forms to more complex. Being able to take this field trip and release the fish will connect our students to their community and help them feel more connected to the environment. This grant is truly helping the growth and development of awesome students!”
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