The Nebo Education Foundation meets each month at 7:00 a.m. 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.
Stacy Nance, past president of the Nebo Education Foundation, said, “It is a pleasure to receive the grant applications and see how remarkable and creative the Nebo District teachers are. The Nebo Education Foundation facilitates these grant monies to help teachers realize their ideas and the students’ potential. As a foundation, we get to see a glimpse at how well our teachers are instructing our students. Our teachers are truly talented and utilize every penny. They do such a great job!”
Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to enrich the minds of students.
Valley View Middle – Alison Mower
Alison Mower, librarian at Valley View, said, “We are so excited to be receiving a grant from the Nebo Education Foundation! The students love to code robots and have robot races in the media center. They have so much fun experimenting, coding, and re-coding during the races. We are so grateful to be able to purchase four more robots for library use. I am so grateful to be able to give even more students an opportunity to use the robots during lunch and recess. Right now, there is a waiting list to use and race the robots. The students will skip eating lunch just to get in line. I am so happy that they will have even more opportunities. Thank you for your generosity and help to continue to encourage our students to expand their knowledge. Libraries rock!”
Springville Junior – Nick Herold
“I’m very grateful for the Nebo Education Foundation’s grant approval of $696.08 for our purchase of a mobile charging cart and screen protectors for our new classroom iPads. Students in the Digital Graphic Arts class will now have secure access to their iPads and stylus pens as they utilize them for their creations on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and more. With this grant, the Nebo Education Foundation continues to demonstrate they truly care about students and teachers by providing the necessary tools to equip the next generation of leaders with the most up-to-date and industry relevant resources,” stated Nick Herold, a CTE teacher at Springville Junior.
Payson Junior – Bobette Bridenbaugh
“Thank you Nebo Education Foundation. This year I got up the nerve and applied for my first grant from the Nebo Education Foundation. For the past few years, students in my classroom have used iPads to access their school work. However Google and Apple do not play well together. I applied to purchase Chromebooks with touchscreens for my students to use. This will give them many ways to respond and do work. They can take pictures, draw or circle answers, and even use voice to text. Thank you Nebo Foundation for opening doors for kids,” said Bobette Bridenbaugh, special education teacher at Payson Junior.
Brookside Elementary – Katie Chadwick
“Thank you so much to the Nebo Education Foundation for this grant! It will make a huge difference for our entire special ed team at Brookside and for all of our students. We will be using the funds for everything from books to puzzles to math manipulatives. We are excited to see our students' growth through the use of these materials. Thank you!” exclaimed Katie Chadwich, speech specialist at Brookside Elementary.
Payson High – Carl Griffin
Carl Griffin, an English teacher at Payson High, said, “Thank you to the Nebo Education Foundation for a grant to purchase a class set of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” (1906). This book is the most famous example of the early-20th century ‘muckraking’ literature that both contributed to important social reforms and prompted laws protecting workers and consumers. This edition adapts Sinclair’s classic, now an archaic and challenging read, for a new generation. Kristina Gehrmann has turned it into a graphic novel that brings this classic immigrant story to life–and our students love to read graphic novels. This book will anchor a US History II unit on industrialization, immigration and the Progressive Era (U.S. Standards 1.1-3, 2.1, 3).”
Brockbank Elementary – Kristel Peterson
Kristel Peterson, a fifth-grade teacher at Brockbank, said, “Thank you so very much for helping us get the “We The People” student books in our classroom! I am so excited to use these books with our Brockbank 5th graders as we study US history in our classroom. These books and curricula help us to understand the US Constitution, the people who wrote it, and their experiences and ideas about good government. These books will also help us learn about the basic ideals, or goals that include the belief in liberty and justice for all people. Through these lessons, students will learn about their responsibilities as a citizen to help make these ideals a reality for everyone. Thank you for investing in our school, and our students, and especially for helping teachers to have the materials we need to continue to teach these concepts in the classroom.”
Spanish Fork Junior – Katrina Davenport
“With this funding we will be able to buy some remote microphones. The microphones would be used to provide greater access to instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. When the teachers wear the microphones during instruction, the students get direct audio input to their hearing aids so they can hear their teachers better. The microphones can also be plugged into the audio jack of digital devices (like Chromebooks) and will stream the audio directly to the student’s hearing aids so they do not have to try to fit headphones over their hearing aids. I feel very blessed to be able to help some more students hear and understand better in their classes,” said Katrina Davenport, a special education special district wide.
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