Thanks to the generosity of our donors throughout the past year, the Teton Valley Education Foundation (TVEF) is extremely proud to announce it has awarded $16,481.96 in classroom grants for the 2015-2016 school year. “Six out of the seven schools within Teton School District #401 submitted grant requests and we are excited that each of them received support this year,” stated Meg Heinen, Chair of the Teton Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors. “We funded a total of 17 grants submitted over three grant cycles.
Teton High School received funding to purchase Chromebooks, support the Robotics Program, send a team to the Teton County Model United Nations Program and fund two rounds of Advanced Placement English books.
Basin High School received funds to purchase a store and charge station for their computers.
Teton Middle School (TMS) funded the Mohr Mini Mall that gave students a hands-on approach to running a business along with numerous math and economics lessons. In addition, TMS received money to support and run the 7th Grade Emporium which is used to reward good behavior.
Rendezvous Upper Elementary School received funds to support Mindfulness Training in the Classroom, the Expedition Yellowstone weeklong field trip for fifth graders, music risers for the choir and band, and an Eco-Column for Ecosystems Science Unit.
Driggs Elementary School received funds to send a teacher to a Collaborative Common Assessments Workshop.
Victor Elementary School received money for I-pads, five hand bell sets for the music program, a tower garden and two sets of books for the Poetry Book Club.
“We have three grant request cycles throughout the year,” explained Pam Walker, TVEF Executive Director. “We send out district wide emails to alert teachers of the upcoming grant request deadline several times prior to the deadline for each cycle. The teachers have paperwork that they have to submit and all requests must be approved by either their principal or the district superintendent. We received 17 completed applications this school year” Walker added, “and thanks to the community support of our fundraisers like Tin Cup, Ride and Dine and Shop for Schools, along with donations throughout the year from private individuals and businesses, we were able to provide funding for each of those 17 applications.”
In addition to classroom grants, the Teton Valley Education Foundation partners with other businesses and regional foundations to support the Backpacks for Schools program, the Teton High School Voice Program, the ArtReach program in the elementary schools, a Critical Needs Program throughout the district and annual hearing and vision screening for the elementary schools.
The Teton Valley Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located currently in the Teton Middle School and is administered by a 15-member board of directors and one staff member. For more information on the TVEF, visit their website at www.tetoneducation.com