PROVO SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER snapshot Farrer Elementary students hang around while enjoying the last few days of warm weather. WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN YOUR DISTRICT THE VOLUME 1 EDITION 2 Learn about the New School, Decode Your Paycheck, Win an iPod, etc. This newsletter is jam packed with stories to avoid that pesky holiday weight gain that Also, don’t forget to look though the and articles about the latest happenings plagues some of us during this season full of newsletter for that little Provo School District going on in Provo School District. This section gravy, pie crust, and multiple plates of logo. The first 50 finders are entered into a is for those of you who wish for the Reader’s holiday treats from our neighbors. drawing for an iPod Shuffle. A little look Digest version of The Snapshot. For my detail- Margo Walker, our Payroll Specialist, through the newsletter might be worth it, plus loving readers, this part will only get you helps us understand what all of those crazy it’s fun to play! more excited for the information ahead. codes on our pay stubs mean. Read the The biggest tidbit of news is that Provo article and you can be a paycheck-reading School District will be building a new elementary school! Exciting! It will be expert. Wondering exactly what does our Inside: located on the Farrer Elementary School site. Curriculum Department do, other than The funds for this project will come requesting teachers use certain teaching Our New School! 2 largely through a bond Provo School District methods and books? Well, you aren’t alone. obtained through President Obama’s stimulus Each member of the department provides Pay Stub Decoding 4 plan. Our District was awarded $6.5 million different services that aid classroom dollars with a interest rate of around one instruction and teacher support. Basically, Curriculum Team! 6 percent, which is a bargain compared to the they are here to make sure teachers have usual four to five percent rates charged. everything they need to be successful and Good News Around the District! 8 Kathryn Crowther, our Healthy Lifestyles effective in our classrooms. Cool. Expert, has provided us with some helpful tips This is your newsletter. You should only have to see the articles and stories you want to. Like something? Don’t like something? Want to add something more? Want help telling your own story? Let me know about it. I’ll work it Your Input = Important out for the next issue. Help me make this something you want to read. Email me, Laken Cannon, at email@example.com, call me at 801.374.4865, or visit me in the District Offices with any ideas or suggestions. Thank you! An architect’s rendition of the new school. Specific design details have yet to be determined. Employee and public input will be considered for the look of the building. Announcement: Construction of New Elementary School on Farrer Site You heard right, we are getting a new elementary school in class is in session at the older building will be not be a Provo School District! But wait, weren’t we just in the middle of distraction or disturb the learning process. budget cuts? Well, our school district applied for a bond found This new school will not only house grades K - 6, but also within President Obama’s stimulus package and was awarded Provo School District’s Preschool, which teaches about 120 $6.5 million dollars to go toward the building of a new school. qualified children ages three to five, and a learning center for This bond has an incredibly low interest rate of around one students who are severely disabled or medically fragile. The percent, giving us a great deal and saving our district millions of school is estimated to hold 650 students total. dollars. Accepting and using this bond will not raise taxes. While beginning construction dates haven’t been finalized, With the help of Joe Gledhill, our new Director of Facilities I’ll make sure you know about them as soon as I do. Information and Maintenance, the Board of Education analyzed the current will be published on the District’s web page, and also in The building conditions of all of our elementary schools to see Snapshot. Keep checking for regular updates. As of right now, where the greatest need of a new school was. After weeks of groundbreaking will probably begin in February 2010, and the research and inspection, the finalists considered for replacing new school should be ready to hold class in the Fall of 2011. were Rock Canyon, Edgemont, Wasatch, Farrer, and Provost Elementary Schools. It would be cheaper to build an entirely new structure than to remodel the existing schools listed above. The Board of Education decided with of vote of 7 - 0 that the Farrer neighborhood was the most in need of a new building. Who’s Joe Gledhill? Joe Several factors went into making this decision. The main was hired this past concern was that Farrer Elementary used to be a middle school summer, and he comes to and was not accommodating for elementary instruction and less us as the former Director appropriate for younger students. The lockers, drinking fountain of Facilities at the heights, smaller classroom space, and overall design is not Missionary Training Center constructive for elementary learning. at Brigham Young The Board of Edcution is also committed to keeping a University. When Phil Lott school in the central part of the city. Having a new school in began managing the that area will not only improve the look of the neighborhood, transportation department but improve the image of Provo City as a whole. full-time, our District Joe Gledhill The current Farrer lot is large enough to allow the needed someone to take construction of an entirely new school while students attend care of the District’s 1,910,105 square feet of building class in the old building at the same time. Students will not have space, not mention the millions more in football fields, to be bussed to a different location while the new building is tennis courts, and playgrounds. constructed. Having the new school built at the same time while Employee Snapshot Ann Davis Lead Secretary Edgemont Elementary 1. How long have you worked for Provo School Distrct? This is my 24th year. 2. Before working here, what was the most interesting job you’ve had? I used to be a medical assistant where I handed doctors tools and things during surgery. It was a very eye-opening experience! 3. Who is your favorite singer or music Healthy Lifestyles group? Help to Avoid That Holiday Weight Gain Either Josh Groban or Il Divo, an operatic By Kathryn Crowther, Provo School District Healthy Lifestyles Expert boy band from England. The holidays are a perfect time to regain the focus of eating right and exercising, especially since 4. What is one memory you have from high the average American gains up to two pounds between Halloween and New Year’s. Don’t join the school? average American in gaining weight this year, join Provo School District’s second annual “Maintain - I was in a lot of school plays, and one of the Don’t Gain” campaign instead. Your school will compete in teams of four to six people against other best parts was performing for the teams in your school to try to maintain or lose weight over the holidays. Every participant who elementary schools. That was really fun. maintains or loses weight will receive a prize! (Not to mention the prize of feeling great that those extra pounds didn’t land themselves on you.) What great motivation it will be to have your team’s 5. What is your favorite beverage? encouragement and support with you every single day while working for the same goal. Kick off day Water. is November 25, 2009 and the ending day is January 4, 2010. Check with your principal or healthy lifestyles coordinator to get on a team and start maintaining during the holidays! 6. Are you married? Do you have children? I am married, and I have been for 38 years. I have 4 lovely children and 4 adorable grandchildren! 10 Tips to Avoid Pesky Holiday Pounds Put the fork down before you feel full. Avoid eating quickly. Eat at a leisurely pace and 7. What do you enjoy doing with your 1 concentrate on the taste and texture of the food you choose to eat. family? I love playing games with them, making Pick white turkey meat. As a general rule, the white meat of the turkey tends to have less fat 2 than dark meat. food for them, bowling with them, and just making memories with them. My sweet Take it easy on the gravy. Pour a bit on the side of your plate if you must, but try not to drown family is so important to me. 3 your food in this this high-calorie sauce. Watch your portions. Try not to overload your plate, and keep portions to about the size of your 8. What are your hobbies? 4 fist. You can always go back for seconds if you still feel hungry after. I love to read, watch BYU football, and bowl with my grandchildren. Send home the leftovers. Leave yourself a small plate for turkey sandwich fixings, but send away 5 the rest with your dinner guests so you aren’t tempted to nibble on the remaining pumpkin pie. 9. What is your favorite food? Survey the entire buffet before plopping food on your plate. This way you can decide what’s T Bone steaks or Hamburgers. Yum! 6 worth the calories and what isn’t. 10. What is your favorite smell? Drink tons of water. Not only is it good for your overall health and digestion, but drinking water Roses! 7 before eating makes you feel full faster and inadvertently lowers calorie intake. Avoid hitting the couch right after the meal. Find an activity outlet. Take a walk with family and 11. What is your favorite book? 8 friends, play tag outside with the kids, or help with the dishes. Just get moving. I really like the Work and the Glory Series. Along with Twilight. They’re fun, quick Don’t have a “now or never” mentality. You can roast a turkey or recreate Aunt Sue’s stuffing reads. 9 in July. Ditching the “one time only” thinking makes turning down extra holiday servings easy. Avoid thinking, “What the heck, it’s Thanksgiving (or Christmas or New Years)!” and stuff yourself 10 with any old food that comes your way. Be picky and really enjoy what you choose to eat. Solving the Mystery of Payroll Coding By Margo Walker " Have you ever reviewed " Listed below are some your pay stub and wondered common pay and benefit what language payroll code codes, but they are not the is written in? It doesn’t need only ones used. If you don’t to be a mystery any longer! see your questions answered Not only does Provo School in this summary, please feel District save money by free to contact Margo providing pay stubs online, Walker in Payroll at but your pay, deductions and 801-374-4846, District contributions are firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz more accurately allocated, Boardman in Benefits, especially if you understand 801-374-4847, and watch your individual email@example.com for a more pay stub. By checking your detailed explanation of your pay stub monthly, you can individual pay stub. help avoid and correct any inconsistencies or problems which may occur. " EARNINGS (PAY): DEDUCTIONS (YOU PAY) PRE-TAX: EMPLOYER (DISTRICT) PAID CONTRIBUTIONS: BASE PAY – Monthly amount of your contracted FLEXREIM – Flex Spending URS NCER – Utah Retirement System base pay MEDICAL – Medical premium payment (your 401K – Utah Retirement System 401K TQ DAYS – 4 total professional development days, portion) paid monthly (teachers only) OASDI – Social Security 401K – Utah Retirement System 401K LEGISLAT – Legislative addition paid monthly MEDI – Medicare (certified only) (Dental and annuity plans will also show in this pre tax category. There are too many to list, if you WC – Worker’s comp XTPERIOD – Additional pay for purchase of prep need clarification, contact the Benefits office.) period LTD – Long term disability EMPLOYER (DISTRICT) PAID CONTRIBUTIONS: LIFE/ADD – Life & Accidental Death and EXTRA DAY - Additional contracted days beyond Dismemberment base pay URS NCER – Utah Retirement System MEDICAL – Medical premium payment (District TCH SPEC – Specialist position 401K – Utah Retirement System 401K portion) DEPT CHR – Department Chairman (Secondary OASDI – Social Security only) MEDI – Medicare GLL – Grade Level Leader (Elementary only) Some things to keep in mind: WC – Worker’s comp REGULAR – Regular hourly pay 1. Pay and benefits are shown as “Current” and LTD – Long term disability OTHER – Hourly pay in addition to regular pay “Year to Date” on your stub. Year to date is LIFE/ADD – Life & Accidental Death and always a calendar year when payroll is MISC – Hourly pay in addition to regular pay Dismemberment involved. OT – Overtime pay (classified only, with prior approval) MEDICAL – Medical premium payment (District portion) 2. The pay period ending date is the end of the AUTO – Monthly car allowance (where calendar month in which the check is issued. If applicable) DEDUCTIONS (YOU PAY) AFTER TAX: you receive hourly pay, it is for hours worked in NEA/UEA /PEA– Association Dues the preceding month. SUPERVIS – Activity supervision FOUNDTN – Provo School District Foundation LUNCH – Noon/playground supervision 3. Your benefits and tax withholdings should be STIPEND – Additional one time payment UNITED – United Way withheld on the same checks as your contracted FSA ADMN – Flex Spending administrative fee or regular pay. Taxes, social security and BONUS – Occasional, one time payment medicare are applicable on all checks. If your SUPPLIFE – Supplemental life insurance – FIELDTRP – Field trip pay (transportation only) employee benefits don’t match with the months you ADJ – Adjustments to prior pay amounts receive your pay, please contact Benefits or SUPSPSE – Supplemental life insurance – spouse Payroll as soon as possible to determine if there TAXES: DEPLF – Supplemental life insurance – dependents is a problem. FIT – Federal income tax GARNISH – Garnishment Hopefully this clears up some of the mystery of SIT – State income tax payroll for you. If it’s still not clear please give OASDI – Social Security CR UNION – Freedom Credit Union Margo or Liz a call and solve the puzzle! MEDI – Medicare Last Newsletter’s Employee Snapshot Logo Finding Winner: Merilee Terry 4th Grade Teacher Alyce Jayne McKinney and Literacy Coach Rock Canyon Elementary Lakeview Elementary First Grade Teacher 1. How long have you worked for Provo School District? The Fastest 50 Finders: I’ve been with the District for 24 years. I working here even before I started college. Mashell Brown - Westridge Sue Chrystler – Provost 2. Before working here, what was the most Cherilyn Phillips - Westridge BriAnn Christensen – Centennial interesting job you’ve had? Mitzi Hollis – Farrer Karen Hoffman – Franklin When I was 14, a local author asked me to type his Margo Walker – District Office 400+ page book on an old-fashioned typewriter for Debbie Burnside – Farrer $50. It took forever at first, but I sure learned how Elizabeth Robles – District Office Michael Barker – Centennial to type accurately and fast! Donna Nelson – District Office Susan Abbott – Provost Linda Banks – Timpview Denise Bronson - Farrer 3. What is your favorite TV show? Probably Law and Order, especially Criminal Intent. Pam Moe - Franklin Heather Peterson – Farrer I have gained more knowledge than ever to help me Sandy Davis – Wasatch Vanessa Henry – Timpview worry more about my kids, traveling, terrorist Debbie Burnside - Farrer Debbie Manning – Farrer attacks, and diagnosing disorders I am sure I have. Shauna Crockett - Timpanogos Marilee Wing - Lakeview 4. Who is your favorite singer or music group? Diana Dean – District Office" Cindy Christen – Edgemont I enjoy oodles of 80s music, especially the Stray Kathy Kaiser – District Office Marci Nelson – Canyon Crest Cats and B-52s. I also love the soundtrack from Ty Smith – Provo High Christopher Miller – Student Services Wicked. I saw the production twice in one day while Sally Stosich – Sunset View it was in Salt Lake. I can’t get enough Green! Dawn Schmidt – District Office Jason Zimmerman – Sunset View Mary Newbold – Sunset View 5. What is your favorite food? Sarah Christopherson Wayne Allred - Centennial Crushed ice, fine flakes - not pellets, topped with a Pamela Robbins – Amelia Earhart Kevin Eppich – Provo High just-opened can of Diet Coke - YUM! There is also nothing better than Pixy Sticks or Chewy Sweetarts. Emily Ward - Edgemont Michelle Williams - Timpview Cheri Jackson – Spring Creek Mary Allison - Dixon 6. What is your favorite smell? Kim Hawkins – Franklin Andria Halbert – Amelia Earhart The flowery, humid scent that you experience when Karl Golding - Dixon Sharri Brown – Independence you get off the plane in Hawaii after being cooped up in a small, cramped space for several hours. Teresa Tovar - Timpanogos Amy Collins – Amelia Earhart Sheri Wilson - Amelia Earhart Linda Boyer – Spring Creek 7. Name 3 people you’d like to meet. Natalie Webb - Provost Christy Giblon - Dixon Albert Einstein - I love that he was an ADHD individual with a drive that could only be driven by distraction. William Shakespeare - I love his plays. I can’t imagine writing anything close to what he’s produced. Jesus - His unconditional love for Hidden Logo Contest everyone, no matter who or what they were; he was Keep a look out, all of you sharp, eagle eyes! The Provo School District logo is the ultimate teacher. hidden somewhere in this newsletter. It could be anywhere! If you spot it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org what it is in, what it is next to, or some other specific 8. What is one fact few people know about you? indication that you have found it! The first 50 entrants with the correct answer My parents were told I was dead before I was born. will be named in the next issue and entered into a drawing. The lucky winner will After 3 longs days of labor, they broke my receive an iPod Shuffle! Happy Searching! collarbones to get me out. I was very much alive and crying loudly when I came out. I weighed 11 pounds and 7 ounces upon arrival. Example. Not 9. What do you enjoy doing with your family? the real thing. My husband, four boys, and I love going to Disneyland and Southern California beaches. To me, Disneyland really is the “happiest place on earth.” The Provo School District Curriculum Team Who’s Who, What’s What, and How They Help couldn’t cut much out. Thank you for reading! * Lots of stuff, I know, but it was all so good that I Karen Brown Jared Ferguson Julene Kendall Ron Twitchell Literacy Specialist CTE and Science Specialist ELL Specialist Math Specialist Kathy Kaiser Todd Billings Ray Morgan Diana Dean Assessment Specialist Everything Else Assistant Superintendent Curriculum Secretary What do you guys do? Karen: I serve on several state and local committees to make sure each Provo School District teacher has the information and tools needed to push students to continually improve their literacy skills. I oversee ProvoREADS, and I work with the Literacy Curriculum Coaches at each school. I co-direct the Central Utah Writing Project, and represent the State of Utah at the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents along with many other committees and councils that work to improve student literacy. Basically I live and breathe finding the best ways to help Provo students read and write even better. Jared: I make sure each Career Technical Education class, like sewing, mechanics, and art, has the proper funding and supplies. I also oversee the budgets, staff, and program objectives for concurrent enrollment, college distance education classes and Drivers Education. I work with the science and health science programs, including maturation, and co-administer the USTAR Grant with Ron Twitchell. I sit on several state and local committees for the betterment of education in the areas I cover. Julene: My job is to be an advocate for K - 12 English Language Learners (ELL) and their families by ensuring quality programs exist in Provo School District and these programs help students find success in our city, state, and country. I monitor the budgets, the training of ELL aides and teachers, and provide training for classroom teachers, administrators, and support staff on how to work more effectively with these wonderful ELL students. Ron: I represent the district at a bunch of state mathematics education committees that help us gain better access to technology and methods that help students and teachers. I create and teach professional development courses for K-12 teachers in the district and lead the district-wide math pre- and post-tests. I lead the textbook adoption committees for every student group. I also craft the District’s Essential Mathematics Skills List, meet with UVU about concurrent enrollment courses and evaluate the instruction of algebra in the middle schools and high schools to improve student achievement. Kathy: I am the Queen of Testing. I coordinate all district testing dates, order and distribute all testing materials, and give administrators the results in readable format. I resolve errors with testing results and conduct trainings for school testing coordinators. I work closely with IT to create easier ways for teachers and parents to access student data, and I also provide annual Community Council training and help principals with any TrustLAND questions they have. Todd: I’m kind of in charge of everything that is left. I ensure all the fine arts programs, including orchestra, choir, drama dance, and art, have the funding and supplies needed to educate students. I also am in charge of the social studies curriculum across the district as well as all of the world languages taught in our elementary, middle, and high schools. I take care of all of the professional development K - 12, and new teachers training. I also make sure teachers get the appropriate steps and lane changes when they complete higher education or endorsements. Ray: I advise Superintendent Merrill and the Board of Education on district issues, specifically on the elementary level. I also oversee each curriculum adoption, purchase and implementation of materials at the elementary level. I manage the state and federal budgets for the Curriculum Department, direct the delivery and completion of all testing materials and hep provide access to student performance data. Diana: I make sure all of the curriculum needs of everyone above are met and taken care of so they can spend as much of their time as possible on helping kids. I also help them with their many purchase orders, take notes during their meetings, and do a myriad of other things to assist my team. How do you provide support for the classroom and teachers? Karen: Most of the time I feel the teachers are the ones who help me do my job better! I hope I provide teachers with great materials, helpful programs and effective professional development. I am willing to visit with any teacher in any classroom if they have questions about student literacy. Jared: I provide access to information and funding that allows our teachers to give youth up-to-date experiences with tools used in today’s career fields. I can give feedback on the success of programs using standardized measures and provide suggestions on how to reach more of our youth. I also help connect teachers to trainings given by today’s experts that deal with current issues in science education. Julene: I often meet one on one with teachers and tutors to answer questions and help in any way they need. I frequently participate in school faculty meetings and spend at least one night a week teaching ESL endorsement classes. I love to help teachers understand how to help this special group of students. Ron: I have taught professional development and substituted in classrooms so teachers can observe each other in lesson studies. I can help train in technology, provide educational technology for teachers and classrooms and send teachers to conferences to learn more about a subject they’re passionate about. Kathy: I pass along any testing changes and updates to testing coordinators and principals so they’re aware of the new situation prior to the testing windows, helping teachers prepare for testing days. I am working to make access to student testing data more accommodating for teachers. Todd: I provide training in nearly every content area. If teachers go to www.provo.edu/emp/staffdev/ they can check out all the ways they can enhance their teaching skills. Teachers contemplating a lane change or teachers that need to validate credits also come to my office. I’m in room 19 and I love visitors. Ray: I hope any teacher who has a question about anything curriculum related would come and ask me. My door is always open. I help provide instructional materials at the elementary level, as well as professional development and pathways to endorsement, certification, and advanced degrees for educators at all levels Diana: I love to answer any questions a teacher has. If I can’t answer it, I send them to the person who can. I make sure teachers are taken care of by helping the curriculum team do their job even better. What is your favorite part of your job? Karen: Working with the great teachers we have in our district! Jared: Networking with others to connect resources to provide better quality and more relevant opportunities for our youth. Seeing something big come together that benefits students learning is priceless. Julene: I love working with the curriculum team. We are a well-oiled machine that collaborates on best practice for teachers and kids. I also love working directly with teachers. Years ago one of our teachers said to her collegues, I just don’t know what to do with those kids that don’t speak English. I don’t even want them in my class.” (She is not alone in her thinking.) After participating in the Endorsement classes, she said, “I’ll take them all!” Her attitude had completely changed. That is one of the best parts about my job. Ron: My favorite part is teaching professional development courses. I love working with the teachers. Kathy: The people, most definitely! I come to work to get cheered up – no, really! Everyone has the best interest of the kids in mind, and it’s so refreshing to be in a place where everyone is on the same page and has the same goals in mind. Todd: Helping teachers get lane changes. I love to see their excitement when we have been able to get them to a higher pay scale. Ray: I relish working with such high quality educators, and we have so many of them here in our district! They are always so dedicated to meeting the need of the students in our city. Diana: My favorite saying is “the heart of education is the education of the heart.” The people I work with are so good inside and care so deeply about what’s best for students that only good decisions are made regarding the teaching in our schools. I love knowing that when I work each day. How long have you been with Provo School District? Where were you before the DO? Karen: I’ve been with Provo School District for over 26 years. I taught English at Provo High for 21 years before coming to the District Office. Jared: I’ve worked for Provo School District for 16 years. I’ve been at Spring Creek Elementary, Farrer Middle School, Independence High, and Provo High. Julene: I’ve been with Provo for 22 years and used to be a teacher at Wasatch Elementary Ron: I’ve been with the District for 11 years. I used to teach math at Provo High. I was once the Administrative Assistant for the Director of the School of Music and Assistant to the Associate Athletic Director for Brigham Kathy: Young University. I have been with Provo School District for 1 year and 2 months. Todd: I came to the District Office after working at Amelia Earhart and Timpanogos. I’ve worked for Provo School District for a total of 28 years. Ray: I’ve worked for Provo School District for 28 years, and I was at Grandview, Canyon Crest and Sunset View before working at the District Office. Diana: I was a lunch worker and then a secretary at Timpview High before coming to the District Office. I’ve been with the District for 15 years. Good News Around the District NASA Scientist Visits Timpview Teacher Wins Canyon Crest Utah Foreign Language " Dr. Ed Gholdston, a NASA scientist, Teacher of the Year visited Canyon Crest sixth graders to supplement their study of the solar system. Stephen Van Orden, a German teacher Gholdston, the scientist who designed the at Timpview High School, was chosen as the panels currently on the International Space Utah Foreign Language Association’s (UFLA) Station, gave details about how stars are Teacher of the Year. The Association chose formed, how our solar system differs from him because students, others and the future of space travel, parents and specifically potential trips to Mars. Tiffany administrators enjoy Strong, a sixth grade teacher at Canyon and appreciate his Crest, invited Gholdston to visit and arranged excellent teaching, plus the presentation. he’s published a " "I knew he would be in the area, so I asked if he’d like to visit our sixth grade number of articles in students to give them a different and scholarly journals on professional perspective on outer space and world language the technology used," said Strong. "I was so pedagogy, given numerous conference excited when he said yes. I knew the kids workshops and presentations and is the would love this." executive editor for the journal Die Schrift. " Gholdston gave details and interesting The UFLA said, “In short, Stephen is a stellar facts on each planet in our solar system and example of a world language teacher. We all the latest on space travel technology. Many can be proud to call him our colleague. UFLA of the students expressed interest in working is especially proud to have him as a member, in the space industry someday. Gholdston told them the best way to become an and we wish him well at the Teacher of the astronaut or space scientist is to work hard in Year competition for the Southwest Region.” school, from the elementary level through doctorate school, stressing mathematics, engineering, and science. Franklin Receives Large Donation from Provo’s 3 Cups of Tea at Westridge Farmers Market Shanna Ballard, a sixth grade teacher at Originally founded in 2002, the Farmers Westridge Elementary, has struck a sense of Market began as a way to offer local gratitude in her students. Not just for their produce to Provo’s citizens, as well as provide parents, warm clothing, healthy food, and additional funding specifically for Franklin iPods, but for their Elementary School. Each year the Farmers chance to receive an Market donates its surplus funds to help the excellent education. elementary school to buy additional After the class read Three classroom supplies. This year, the market saw Cups of Tea, a story an increase in volunteers and became an about the need to official non-profit organization. Because of provide greater these factors, the Farmers Market donated education for the children $7,665 to Franklin Elementary. in the Middle East, and Principal Marlin Palmer accepted the heard the author of the giant-sized check and said this was exactly book, Greg Mortenson, speak in person, what his school needed to serve Provo these sixth grade students pledged to help students even better. Principal Palmer said the those less fortunate than they, especially with money would go toward special calculators for students who struggle with math, as well PROVO SCHOOL DISTRICT their education. These students packed stuffed animals, backpacks, blankets, crayons, paper, as additional electronic pens for the interactive Promethean whiteboards and 280 WEST 940 NORTH pencils and many other items, much of it from electronic responders that help teachers PROVO, UTAH 84604 their own closets, into giant duffle bags headed for an orphanage in Ecuador. monitor which concepts students understand and which subjects need a little more time and TEL: 801.374.4800 Ballard said her class hopes to keep close teaching. FAX: 801.374.4808 contact with the orphanage by writing letters back and forth.
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