Mrs. Angie McKay is this May’s recipient of the We Support Our Schools Grant Program, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Angie is a second-grade teacher at Corvallis Primary School. Her hope is to purchase an iPad to focus on speech development, reading, and language skills. The app she is most interested in, Little Bee Speech, provides effective and engaging practice on articulation and speech development. Mrs. McKay is excited to be able to provide her students with an additional method for speech practice as a child’s confidence in this area can have a positive impact for the rest of their lives.
This month’s winner of We Support Our School Grant program, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive, is Jacqueline Marshall from Darby School. Jacqueline is the 5th grade teacher for Darby Junior High and is excited to use the funds to assist with providing technology to her students. In Jacqueline’s classroom, using technology to progress her student’s academic success is very important. Mrs. Marshall hopes to teach her students how vital it is to be able to use technology as a tool regardless of which career the student eventually pursues. She plans to utilize the funds to maintain her one-to-one ratio of Chromebooks, which are used for numerous projects, reports, and essays in her classroom and to gain certification as a Google Instructor. Additionally, she hopes to provide some basic school supplies for students who may typically go without.
A2Z Personnel, along with 107.9 The Drive want to congratulate our March We Support Our Schools winner! Robin Evans is a dynamic 7th grade Geography teacher at Stevensville Middle School. She loves to bring hands on projects to her students to encourage learning and to bring history alive. Robin provided her students with leather, hand bound journals to bring new element to a written assignment. The children in her class were to write a journal as if they lived in Europe during another era. They were to write about 15 countries they would visit and what they we see, hear, and smell. While the students were allowed to write or type their journal entries, Ms. Evans provide a quill pen for them to write with so they could experience the difficulties of writing before the time of cartridge pens.
A2Z Personnel, along with 107.9 the Drive, is proud to present Alicia McEwen with a check for $200 as February’s winner of the We Support Our Schools grant program. Alicia teaches 1st grade at Corvallis Elementary and has an engaging classroom to encourage her student’s participation. As her first graders transition frequently through out the day from desk work to floor time, her goal is to purchase plastic scoop chairs for the time spent on the floor. The scoop chair allows the student to gently rock in one place while engaging in the class activity. It helps the students stay in their personal space while allowing them to shift and have some movement. Teachers, both locally and nationally, have found these chairs to bring a bit of structure to a space that can be a struggle for some children and Alicia is excited to provide her classroom with this added tool.
Heather Minster is a third-grade teacher for Stevensville Elementary School. She is excited to bring more technology into the classroom to help create interest in Computer Science and Programming. She hopes to provide her classroom with four Ozobots for small group time or individual work. An Ozobot is a smart robot that can follow lines or roam around freely, detect colors, and can be programmed using visual codes. Your students will learn hands-on about robotics, math and programming. Ozobot teaches student’s programming in a fun way so they learn while being engaged and playing.
Robert Prince is the winner of A2Z Personnel’s and 107.9 the Drive’s Grant Program, We Support Our Schools, for the month of December. While Robert has taught in the Valley’s schools before, this is his first year as the Music Teacher for Stevensville Elementary. Robert offers his students a chance to participate with in music outside of the traditional class by offering special morning group signing and music classes. He has moved the concert time to evenings so that working parents are able to attend, and he looks for additional instruments to incorporate into his classroom. The grant funds will help with purchasing and maintaining instruments.
Patti Healy is November’s We Support Our Schools Grant winner, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9, The Drive. Patti teaches 4th Grade at Corvallis Primary School and has large number of student’s in her class this year. Her goal is to purchase a couple of Wobble Chairs to allow her more active students the ability to slightly fidget while sitting quietly. The Wobble Chairs provides the students with some minor rocking movement as the rounded bottom shifts their weight and engages their core; however, it is still stable enough to maintain the student’s balance, so they won’t tip over like other seating options. Thank you, Patti, for your work with our valley’s students!
Oliver Johnson is the October winner for the We Support Our Schools Grant Program sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9, the Drive. While Oliver has previous experience teaching Kindergarten, this is Oliver’s first year teaching for the Corvallis School District. Mr. Ollie (as his students refer to him) is planning on purchasing special reader books for his classroom, as well as investing in other items to make his classroom his “own”. The new books are specifically formulated to engage brand new readers and the protective cover ensures that they will last from class to class.
A2Z Personnel and The Drive 107.9 were happy to award Sarah Piper with the We Support Our Schools Grant for September 2017. Sarah is the advisor for the Thespian Troupe at Stevensville’s High School. She and her students are part of the International Thespian Society; an honor society devoted to recognizing excellence in the performing arts. The Troupe seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of theater in our community, especially within our school.
The We Support Our Schools grant money will go towards the goal of bring the Shakespeare in the School Program to the Stevensville School District. This program would provide a professional performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for the students in Junior High and High School, as well as facilitate workshops on dramatic skills for students in grades 9-12. An estimated 425 students would be able to attend the play and approximately 50 High School students would participate in the workshops following the performance. Shakespeare in the Schools has periodically visited Stevensville in years past, and has been very successful at engaging students in the theater as well as creating connections to the English Department’s curriculum.
Congratulations to Chanda Gum for being May’s month “We Support Our Schools” winner!
Chanda Gum is a Kindergarten Teacher for Stevensville Elementary. She applied for the grant to be able to bring science to life for her students. She’s hoping go purchase supplies for growing plants, feeding birds, investigating bugs, and learning about life cycles. Hands-on science projects are vital to engaging young students and helping them conquer complex concepts.Congratulations again From A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!
Congratulations to Bonnie Taylor for being April’s month “We Support Our Schools” winner!
Bonnie Taylor is a 7th through 12th grade P.E. teacher at Victor School. Bonnie says they’ll use the money for the students to take field trips to experience different types of personal fitness activities such as hiking, swimming and golfing. They’ll also have various speakers come to the school to teach yoga, dance and a variety of activities. Congratulations again From A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!
Congratulations to Steve Gideon for being March’s month “We Support Our Schools” winner!
Steve Gideon co-hosts a book club at Darby High School, along with Bryan Dufresne. The club is voluntary for high school students and meets during the student’s free time, often after school or on the weekends. The books are chosen by the students (bought locally from Chapter 1 book store) and the students determine the pace of progress through each literary piece. On average, around 10-12 students comprises the club and they often look to college-level reads or plot lines that resonate with current world events. The money he received will be used to purchase more books for the club. Congratulations again From A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!