The Education Foundation of Teton Valley enhances educational excellence in our public schools through a variety of ways.
Through your support, we are able to fund the following programs.
Education Foundation of Teton Valley Classroom Grants
Each year, our funders make it possible for the Education Foundation 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 Education Foundation Board of Directors. Award determinations are made based on a rubric aligning the grants with the Education Foundation’s mission.
Backpacks for Kids
The Education Foundation of Teton Valley provides backpacks for children whose parents are economically disadvantaged. The children are identified through the Subs for Santa program and the Education Foundation purchases the backpacks so students can start the school year ready to succeed.
Art Reach is another long-term program created by the Education Foundation of Teton Valley. It provides students in K-5 grades two art classes a month taught by a certified art instructor. The program is now funded mainly by the District but the Education Foundation continues to write grants to support it!
Spanish for Kids
Started in 2017-18, Education Foundation of Teton Valley is proud to partner with the Applestone Foundation, the Karl M Johnson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Teton Valley to sponsor Spanish lessons once a week to all K-3 students in TSD 401. Our goal is to expose students to the Spanish language at an early age while also encouraging their Spanish-speaking friends to become their mentors.
Hearing and Vision Screening
The Education Foundation of Teton Valley offers annual hearing and vision screening in Teton Valley’s elementary schools through a partnership with Envision.
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 Education Foundation partners with Teton Valley Vision Clinic to handle vision referrals. The Education Foundation 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 through December 2020..
GAP! was started during the summer of 2017. GAP! programming is based off of critical research done around today’s most successful women from many walks of life. Research shows that thriving women possess three characteristics that allow her to become a ninja in her life endeavors: competence, confidence, and community connectedness. Meetings are designed for active community experience to enhance these characteristics.GAP! is a one-week adventure during the summer for middle school girls. GAP! is currently funded by The Community Foundation of Teton Valley and the Education Foundation of Teton Valley.
Teton High School Academic Awards Banquet
Started in the Fall of 2017, the THS Academic Awards Banquet paid tribute to the high school’s top academic students. Sponsored by the Education Foundation of Teton Valley, Teton School District 401, and Teton High School., this event highlights the academic achievements of the top 10 percent as well as showcases some of the educators who made an impact on these students’ lives.
Judith Johnston Fine Arts Fund
Reliving childhood memories of happily diagramming sentences was the impetus behind John Unland contacting the Education Foundation of Teton Valley about starting a summer writing program. This program has not evolved into an annual fund that assist fine arts educators with implementing innovative programs in the classroom.
Each year, the Education Foundation 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 Education Foundation make funding this program possible!
Robotics is a program partially funded by Education Foundation 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.
VOICE Student-to-Student Mentoring Program
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Education Foundation was able to support Teton High School’s VOICE program from its inception to 2017. During the fall of 2017, the Teton School District took over the funding for this program and made its continuance a goal of Teton High School.
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 a special orientation 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 Core Project.
Opening Doors Program
Thanks to the generosity of the Peter David Brendsel Fund for Children’s Literacy in 2019-2020, we are able to support parents become their child’s first educator. The Opening Doors (Abriendo Puertas) program is spearheaded by our board member, Blanca Moye, who works with Latino parents to understand the importance of reading to their child and working with their children when they are young to succeed in school.