Teton Valley Education Foundation enhances educational excellence in our public schools through a variety of ways.
Through your support, we are able to fund the following programs.
Hearing and Vision Screening
The Teton Valley Education Foundation offers annual hearing and vision screening in Teton Valley’s elementary schools through a partnership with the Idaho Eastern Region Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
Hearing and Vision Screening will be held the week of September 19, 2016.
Advance notice is given to parents through each school of the upcoming screening. Parents can opt out of the screening if they choose. For children who are referred for vision screening, the Teton Valley Education Foundation partners with Teton Valley Vision Clinic to handle vision referrals. TVEF will pay for eyeglasses and/or hearing aids for those families who cannot afford it.
For children under the age of 18 on Medicaid and insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, exams and eyeglasses are automatically covered and their families will not have to pay out of pocket.
This Critical Needs Program is funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of Teton Valley.
Backpacks for Kids
Each year, the TVEF partners with the Rotary Club of Teton Valley, The Corner Drugstore and Subs for Santa to purchase school supplies and backpacks for students whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties and cannot afford school supplies. These backpacks are indistinguishable from other backpacks so as to not be recognizable at school and are filled with basic school supplies. Subs for Santa and individual teachers help identify students and families in need. This Critical Needs Program is funded through the Community Foundation of Teton Valley.
VOICE Student-to-Student Mentoring Program
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Teton Valley Education Foundation is able to support Teton High School’s VOICE program each year. The VOICE Student-to-Student Mentoring Program is an ongoing program where positive older students have a strong VOICE to influence younger students. Through monthly classroom connections and personal informal connections, mentors impact younger students and promote healthy decision making and character development. The VOICE program hosts the i2i, a program for incoming freshmen, that provides a forum where they learn that no matter what issue they are facing, they are not alone. It also brings to light the effects of bullying upon students. VOICE is a program of the Idaho Drug Free Youth program. VOICE is funded by The Applestone Foundation and First Interstate Bank.
Art Reach is another long-term program funded through the generosity of our donors. Starting in 2016, ArtReach is being expanded to two art classes a month for K-5 students! Without this program, our elementary students would not be exposed to art which is critical to early learning. ArtReach is funded by the Karl M Johnson Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation and the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.
Each year, TVEF seeks funding to support important out-of-the-classroom learning sessions such as Expedition Yellowstone and Teton Science School. Field trips to Yellowstone are highly sought after and are based on a lottery system. Those classes who do not draw Yellowstone trips are then sent to the Teton Science School. This week long trip helps 5th grade students learn more about science and explore the incredible place that we live in. Your donations to the TVEF make funding this program possible!
Robotics is a program partially funded by TVEF because of donors like you! Students learn how to design, prototype, build, program and troubleshoot a machine that will compete with other machines across the nation. This program not only stirs the students’ creative skills but teaches them important lessons in math, science, programming and manufacturing. The Robotics Program was funded by the Applestone Foundation and Basic Wastewater Solutions.
TVEF Classroom Grants
Each year, our funders make it possible for the TVEF to set aside approximately $15,000 to support teachers with developing innovative new programs in their classroom, along with classroom supplies, books, technology and field trips. Grant applications are taken three times a year and are competitively judged by members of the TVEF Board of Directors. Applicants must give a brief overview of their request to the board and determinations are made based on a rubric aligning the grants with the TVEF’s mission.
TVEF Post-Secondary Scholarships
During 2013-2015, your support allowed us to award 12 Teton High School students with a small four-year scholarship that will help with expenses while in college. These scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue a college degree and help them remain in school.