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February 2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Lori Lewis for being this months “We Support Our Schools” winner! Lori is Stevensville’s Middle School’s PE and Health teacher. She hopes to use to funds to purchase body balls as an alternative seating option for her students. With the focus of her classes on promoting healthy choices, having seating that engages the student’s core and improves the student’s balance is a natural fit. According to the National Education Association, a 2008 study found that children actually need to move to focus during a complicated mental task. More and more teachers are finding that minor motion and fidgeting helps their students focus better on their work. Mrs. Lewis, who currently has 6 body balls in her classroom, has found this to be true and sees improved work from the students that utilize the balls. After learning the dos and don’ts, her students are very respectful with the use of the alternative seating option, so she’d like to be able to provide more opportunities for her students with the purchase of more body balls. In addition to seating, the body balls, along with other yoga equipment, are also a great device for exercise when the gym is not available for PE and the weather is inclement. The balls allow any space to be utilized for exercise.  Congratulations again from A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!

January 2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Krista Votaw for being this months “We Support Our Schools” winner! Krista is a First Grade teacher for Corvallis Primary.  She is planning to add more textile, hands-on tools for her students who struggle with focusing on a task and handling their extra energy while studying.  In addition to purchasing a couple more chairs that are designed to keep the student’s core engaged, she also hopes to add hand-held objects, such as textured balls, and head phones to help students stay focused on their work while channeling out extra energy in a non-distracting manner.  Congratulations again from A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!

December 2016 Recipient

The Winner of December’s We Support Our Schools is Stephanie DeBiasio. She is a Science Teacher at Hamilton Middle School and wants to use the funds to purchase pulleys, cables, and harnesses for hands-on experiences. By utilizing a different number of pulleys while lifting students off the ground, the students will learn about how pulleys can affect the force/energy needed to lift weight. Congratulations from A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!

November 2016 Recipient

Congratulations to Tobie Fisher for being this months “We Support Our Schools” winner! Tobie teaches at Darby Elementry. She is going to use her grant money to add 3 more students to her Explode the Code program which is a research-based, teacher- tested program that builds essential literacy skills for students at a variety of levels. Congratulations again from A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!img_20161117_105713831

October 2016 Recipient

A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive congratulate Megan Lewis for being this months “We Support Our Schools” winner! Megan teaches kindergarten and Washington Elementary and plans to purchase hands-on science equipment for her students including beakers, magnifying glasses, and (she hopes) lab coats. She hopes to encourage her students to believe that they can be a scientist. We Support you Megan Lewisoct-2016-m-lewis! Best of luck from A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive.