Teton Valley Education Foundation Receives Grant From Teton Springs Foundation

June 12, 2012

Teton Springs Foundation awarded $8,000 to Teton Valley Education Foundation to fund the Teton High School VOICE mentoring program.

Teton Springs Foundation awarded $8,000 to Teton Valley Education Foundation to fund the Teton High School VOICE mentoring program. Due to increased budget cuts and changes in state legislation the school’s budget has been strained significantly. The award provides critical programming support to fund the VOICE mentoring program. The funding will also support Teton School District suicide awareness, community and parent outreach in conjunction and partnership with local newspapers.

The VOICE Student-to-Student Mentoring Program is a research-based program in conjunction with Idaho Drug Free Youth. The program pairs each incoming freshman with an upperclassman mentor. Through this process of mentoring, new students feel more accepted with the rest of the student body. In turn, the students experience a sense of school community and are provided with a stronger foundation where they experience support and success through meaningful relationships with older students. Students that engage in this program are given life-long skills for positive relationships, tend to make healthier choices and are less inclined to participate in at-risk and disruptive behavior. Overall, the program empowers students to help one anothe. The full program began in the 2011-2012 academic year and was well received by students.

“We are grateful to the Teton Springs Foundation and the program partners for their ongoing support. We appreciate their recognition and support of our students’ emotional and social development, which is a critical component in a child’s education, ” commented Monte Woolstenhulme, Teton School District 401 Superintendent. Diane Temple, Teton Valley Education Foundation, Executive Director added, “Teton Springs Foundation award helps fill the gap between the school budget cuts and the true cost of 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 benefitted nearly $802,000 of grant awards to enable 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.