Vision for Learning Grants

teacher in classroom holding up index finger, she has an idea

Now Accepting Applications

The Alpine School District Foundation offers schools and departments the opportunity to apply for grants to support innovative programs or projects that promote deep content knowledge and the six C’s: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, & Character.

Up to $5,000* may be granted and may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software or technology.

All grant requests should describe the need for the project funding and details of the project, including how it will help the teacher/team to create effective curriculum that engages students and promotes deep content knowledge.

Applicants need to include a list of the materials needed and the cost for each item.

 

*Details to qualify are included in the instructions below.

Purpose: The Alpine School District Foundation offers schools and departments the opportunity to apply for Vision for Learning Grants. VFL Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional programs and ideas that promote high levels of student learning and academic success and align with District goals and objectives.

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Important things to know:

  • Grant applications are open May 17, 2021.
  • Grants awards will be made beginning in June 2021 and will continue as long as funds are available.
  • Please read ALL the information below and following each step. Failure to do so will affect grant consideration.
Students playing the ukulele

Jennie Whitlock- Fox Hollow

Strummin’ Towards Success

Everything went amazingly well this year, and turned out better than I ever dreamed. Despite all the restrictions and challenges that covid presented this year, the instruments and supplies purchased have made so many opportunities available for my students. To see the enthusiasm and joy of the students as they come in every week, is incredible. 

Students sitting at desks wearing wireless headphones

Staci Cobabe - Cedar Valley Elem

Wireless Headphones to Support 21st Century Learning

Students learned quickly how to access their online learning content on Chromebooks. The wireless headphones made learning a bit more simple because they were familiar with the headphones from using the same kind with iPads in previous years. Student focus increased because headphones were comfortable and easy to use.

Students working with sphero robots

Portia Ames - Greenwood

Sphero Robot

We have seen our students use collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills the most as they perform tasks with the robots. We have had students do any thing from bowling activities using the parts sent with the robot to creating and running their robots through mazes. We have been able to assess the impact of our grant anecdotally as well as students increase their communication, collaboration and critical thinking each time we use the robots. As students get more familiarized through each use, we have been able to see the increase in their level of comfort addressing problems and compromising.

student sitting at a table working a project to self calm themself

Chris Melville - Forbes

Wellness Room

The wellness room at Forbes has been a beneficial tool in helping our students learn to self-regulate. Before implementing the wellness room, we tried to teach our students that they could walk away from a stressful situation, but the only place to walk to was out in the hall or in the front office, where behavior tended to escalate. With the wellness room, students can take a break when needed in a place that is calm and non-threatening. They are encouraged to ask for a break to visit the Zen Zone before their behavior has escalated. Teachers were trained to watch for pre-behaviors and help students to recognize that they need a break. 

Students working with soil and preventing erosion

Mickelle Gregory - Freedom

Stopping Weathering & Erosion

My project turned out great. Students were engaged and really learned from the science experiment. It really provided a deeper learning experience for the kids. One of the articles we read talked about how a landslide wiped out a city in Guatemala. Students collaborated in groups and used critical skills to come up with ways to prevent their city from having the same result. Without the grant, I would not have been able to purchase all the supplies to give my students this deeper learning experience. Students are more likely to learn and retain this experience since it was hands on.

students working on science phenomenon

Sheryl Milne - Eaglevalley

Items for Science Phenomena

It was so great having the items for my students to do hands on investigation of a phenomenon. My goal was greatly met and I was able to see the impact as my students used the items and wrote about their phenomenon. I think I got greater understanding and responses when doing a hands on investigation as opposed to watching a movie or reading about it.

Buddy Reading Rugs

Jamie Madsen - Foothill

Buddy Reading Rugs

The students have loved sitting with a buddy to practice reading. It’s important they hear other readers and practice reading aloud themselves. These buddy rugs were a great way to make it fun and engaging and keep them on task. The new books have been a favorite.

Lehi Jr. High-Promethean ActivPanel

Rebecca Hyde - LJH

Promethean ActivPanel

I have utilized my Promethean Board daily in my classroom. It has been super helpful as a tool for teaching my students, showing them information clearly, and allowing them to interact with the teaching process as well. 

a gated garden with sunflowers and other butterfly attracting plants

Anette Stephens - Cedar Ridge

Monarch Waystation

The Monarch Waystation is a beautiful addition to our school. Mayor Jenney Rees, a USA Monarch City Mayor, dedicated the Waystation. The garden has attracted several monarchs which laid eggs. More than a dozen monarchs were raised in the classroom. The third grade experienced the life cycle of butterflies in their classrooms and released many monarchs, including some from the super generation that have migrated to California. They learned how the environment affects monarchs. They are citizen scientists that care about the world and the life we find in our world.

April Hunt - North Point

Flexible Seating

My goal has been achieved. The grant allowed me to provide all 28 students with a form of flexible seating. Students and parents have expressed how much they appreciate this type of seating and how much it has helped them with focusing and still being able to move around.