September 2017 Recipient

A2Z Personnel and The Drive 107.9 were happy to award Sarah Piper with the We Support Our Schools Grant for September.  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.

May 2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Chanda Gum for being this months “We Support Our Schools” winner!

Chanda 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!

April 2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Bonnie Taylor for being this months “We Support Our Schools” winner! Bonnie is the Physical Education Teacher for Victor, grades 7-12. She applied for the grant to provide funds for field trips and guest speakers to expose her students to Life Fitness Professionals and activities. Bonnie plans to take her classes to visit local business which provide activities that can be enjoyed through out an individuals life such as: swimming and aquacize classes, golfing, folfing, gymnastics, handball, racquet ball, and tennis.

This is what she wrote:
“Exposing students to fitness choices is vital to an effective physical education program. Students learn that there are options beyond games, such as dodgeball and basketball. Their health and fitness decisions are important outside the school walls, as their physical health is something that will impact them for a lifetime, and choosing fitness activities to accommodate their skills and interests are important to maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level.”
Congratulations again From A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive!

March 2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Steve Gideon for being this months “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!

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.

December 2015 Recipient

Birch Fett, Hamilton High School

A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive congratulates this month’s “We Support Our Schools” recipient, Birch Fett of Hamilton High School. Mr. Fett teaches math. He plans to use his two hundred dollars from A2Z Personnel to purchase an I-Pad to assist his Calculus students with his “Do Dogs Use Calculus?” lessons. He also uses his dogs to help teach! We Support you Birch Fett! Best of luck from A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive.

Pictured L-R – Max Murphy, owner of 107.9 The Drive; Birch Fett, Hamilton High School; Jaime Williams, owner, A2Z Personnel.