Teton Valley Education Foundation Receives Grant From U.S. Bank

October 20, 2015

$2,500 awarded to fund ArtReach in Teton School District’s Elementary Schools       

U.S. Bank awarded $2,500 to the Teton Valley Education Foundation (TVEF) to support ArtReach an art curriculum for the Teton School District.  Through this generous funding, ArtReach fills an important gap in the Teton County School District elementary schools by providing a standards-based art education to all K-5 classrooms in Teton County School District 401.

ArtReach has been in existence in the Teton Valley since September of 2012. The program provides a credentialed art specialist coming to each of the district’s four elementary schools and instructing a 45- or 60-minute art lesson. Students are introduced to specific art materials and the techniques employed to use them skillfully.  Each lesson is designed to organize and develop artistic ideas by exploring historical/cultural context, media modalities, and the freedom to express personal preferences. The driving belief for this program is that creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

Deirdre Morris, ArtReach coordinator, explained that “elementary art education is critical because of the intense cognitive and personal development at that age,” Children have innate creativity that, if not supported, will soon wither.  By supporting, encouraging, and most importantly, facilitating the creative process, children retain the confidence to keep trying when confronted by challenge.  At the most basic and essential level, children experience wholehearted joy in doing what they love best: imagining and creating.”  

Wayne Maness, the U.S. Bank Branch Manager in Driggs, stated that “U.S. Bank is proud to support innovative public/private collaborations such as ArtReach. This is a program that will have long-term effects in student learning and achievement and U.S. Bank is excited to be a part of it.”

“We are truly grateful to our friends at U.S. Bank for supporting this important art education program,” said Pam Walker, Executive Director of the Teton Valley Education Foundation. “It is only through the generosity of funding from the private sector and partners such as U.S. Bank, that we are able to provide this important program to our elementary schools.”

About U.S. Bank:

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $416 billion in assets as of September 30, 2015, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,151 banking offices in 25 states and 5,001 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

The Teton Valley Education Foundation works to enhance the educational experiences for students and increases opportunities for academic excellence in Teton County public schools.  For more information on the Teton Valley Education Foundation, please visit www.tetoneducation.com or call 208-419-6219