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April 2019 Recipient

Valerie Pateman is April’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Valerie is a third-grade teacher at Stevensville Elementary and is interested in purchasing additional “learniture” for her classroom. She is looking forward to acquiring a couple Activity Learning Chairs, as well as two yoga balls to provide similar movement. Ms. Pateman’s had previous success with using seating options which allow for minor fidgeting and movement and is excited to provide additional seating for the kiddo’s in her class who would benefit from the tool.
A special thank you to Valerie and all other teachers who continually incorporate tools to improve their students’ ability to engage in learning.

March 2019 Recipient

Sarah Hamburg, a Spanish Teacher at Victor Schools, is the winner of March’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Sarah teaches a wide range of grade levels starting with her 4th grader’s introduction to Spanish and capping off with her highest level of Spanish IV in the High School. Sarah loves to include arts and crafts for her students as a way for them to connect with different Spanish speaking cultures. In addition, for each holiday that is recognized by a Spanish-speaking country, Sarah has activities to help bring that culture to life for her students. She is excited to be able to use the grant for purchasing more art supplies to engage her students in appreciating the different cultures around our world and to bring the Spanish language alive for them. We are so appreciative of the energy and creativity Sarah, and other teachers like her, bring to their classrooms. Congratulations Sarah Hamburg!

February 2019 Recipient

Jennifer Walthall is the winner of February’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Jennifer is a Kindergarten teacher at Stevensville Elementary School. Mrs. Walthall is excited to purchase hands-on tools to support her young student’s growth and development. She would like to incorporate more tactile learning by purchasing magnetic alphabets, felt boards, and counting activities. With this ongoing winter weather causing indoor recesses and eliminating outdoor learning expeditions, these new activities will be helpful in keeping her students engaged in the classroom. We’re very thankful to Jennifer and all teachers who continually look for ways to stimulate their student’s minds and make learning an awesome experience.

January 2019 Recipient

Congratulation to Kate Naughter the winner of January’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Kate, a sixth grade ELA teacher at Corvallis Middle School, is planning to use the funds to purchase student-selected books for her classroom’s library.

According to Lara Robb (an author of several best-selling professional books and resources for educators), access to books can make a difference in children’s desire to read and in their ability to comprehend a wide range of genres. David, an eighth-grade student, put it this way: “I love our class library ‘cause I have books at my fingertips. When I finish one, I can check out another.” (http://edublog.scholastic.com/…/ten-tips-laura-robb-classro…#).

Kate hopes to create a similar experience as David referenced for her students. Through engaging her student’s in book selecting and having the books not only readily available to them but also recommended by their peers, Kate anticipates seeing their reading development grow.

We are so thankful for all our local teachers do for our community and for educators, like Kate, who continually look for ways to engage their students.

December 2018 Recipient

December’s We Support Our Schools grant sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive, was awarded to Cejay Paulsen! Mrs. Paulsen is looking forward to purchasing 4 Active Learning Stools for her students. She has a few already in her classroom and has seen a remarkable improvement in the attention span and focus for her students whom benefit from some minor movement while learning. The backless stools encourages proper posture and strengthens core muscles. A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive want to thank Mrs. Paulsen and all teachers who continually contribute to their student’s learning experiences.

November 2018 Recipient

Congratulations! Ashely Cabrera is the winner of the We Support Our Schools grant program, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive, for the month of November.  Mrs. Cabrera is a third-grade teacher at Daly Elementary and is looking forward to implementing a book club for her students to encourage a love for reading.  Ashely plans to use the grant money to purchase a few book sets for her club.  By organizing a student-based book club, she hopes to encourage her students to think deeply about what they are reading and to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and more.  Some titles of books she is interested in purchasing are: Among the Hidden, Who Was Helen Keller, I Survived, Magic School Bus: Amazing Magnetism, and Bud Not Buddy.  Thank you, Ashely, for providing our community’s kids with a new opportunity become great readers.

October 2018 Recipient

Karla Baney is the October winner of We Support Our Schools Grant Program, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive. Karla is a first-grade teacher at Stevensville Primary School. She is excited to utilize the funds to purchase “fidget” chairs and stools for her students who struggle with focusing on in-class work. The helpful seating options allow for subtle movement for very active children. They can create a calming effect by providing gentle rocking motion or help children stay alert and focused by engaging the core by providing wiggling motion. We want to thank Karla and all teachers out there who put forth their own time and money to take care of our community’s students.

Congratulations Karla!

September 2018 Recipient

Kimberly Yaskus is the September winner of the We Support Our Schools Grant offered by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive. Kim is a first year Kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary in Hamilton. She’s already started her year off with some great in class projects, including baking with her students, and she is excited to be able to bring more hands-on learning experiences throughout the year by utilizing the grant. In addition to using the funds to introduce some new crafts, games, and puzzles, she hopes to purchase some books to expand her in-class library, as well as some basic supplies to help with the operation of her classroom.
Congrats Kimberly form A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!

June 2018 Recipient

A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive are proud to announce that Vicki Motley is June’s winner for the We Support Our Schools grant program. Mrs. Motley is excited to purchase Active Learning Stools for her classroom. The stools are designed to support students who are more effective learners when they are engaged in movement by providing the students with an opportunity to indulge in slight wiggling and fidgeting motions while sitting at their desks. Also, the stools encourage use of core muscles and promote awareness of posture and balance. The grant was able to cover the purchase of 3 stools. Congrats Vicki!

April 2018 Recipient

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. Congrats to you!