Teton Valley Education Foundation Receives Grant from Teton Springs Foundation 

June 6, 2013

Teton Springs Foundation recently awarded $8,750 to Teton Valley Education Foundation (TVEF) to fund a set of classroom Google Chromebooks for Teton Middle School seventh-grade.  Due to increased state budget cuts, changes in state legislation, and educational mandates (such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative or CCSS) that are largely unfunded.  Public schools struggle to continue providing quality education to their students.

According to the Idaho State Department of Education, CCSS are newly adopted standards that define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education so they will graduate from high school best prepared to succeed in the rigorous post-secondary education and workforce environments. The CCSS vision moves instruction away from a more traditional text-book approach and towards interdisciplinary, project-based teaching methods. “This gift provides our students with additional, but much needed, technological resources in the classroom.  It allows our seventh-grade team to design truly innovative curriculum.  It is through such innovations that we will be more able to meet and exceed CCSS standards,” said Mr. Geoff Stubbs, Teton Middle School 7thGrade English teacher and technology committee chair.

Diane Temple, Teton Valley Education Foundation Executive Director added, “Teton Springs Foundation’s remarkable gift helps fill the gap between the school budget cuts and continuing to provide quality education.  We are appreciative for their ongoing support of not only our public schools, but all their support of other local non-profits that benefit our community’s youth.”

Since 2001, Teton Springs Foundation has been contributing to the community by carrying out its mission of enhancing the quality of life for valley residents by awarding grants to local nonprofits. Funded primarily by proceeds from resort real estate sales, the Foundation is governed by a board made up of local community members. More than 30 area non-profits have benefited from their generosity, and awards have enabled local charities to provide area residents with enhanced services in the following areas: health and human services, education, the environment, art and culture, and sports and recreation.

Teton Valley Education Foundation (TVEF) mission is to enhance opportunities for excellence in Teton School District (TSD) 401 through educational programs and community partnerships.   To find out more about the Teton Valley Education Foundation, visit www.tetoneducation.com or email, dtemple@d401.k12.id.us.