KANE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS

Rating: 4.89 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 746 South 175 East Kanab UT 84741 USA

Mission: The Kane Schools Foundation for Students was formed to improve and enhance the quality of public education in Kane County. The vision of the Foundation is a county community with excellent schools, where each student masters fundamental skills, where a variety of programs exist allowing students to discover their own interests, where all students are well prepared to enter the post high school world, where teachers are able to continually refine their teaching skills and, where diverse ideas and open discussion is encouraged to develop critical thought in young people, preparing them to fulfill their potential and become effective citizens.
Target demographics: school children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1200 students
Geographic areas served: spectacular Kane County, Utah
Programs: "reading Makes Sense" - purchasing hundreds of books for our schools, grades, classrooms and programs. The Foundation supports teacher and paraprofessional training in the latest research based practices in the areas of reading and writing; as well as technology. Additionally, the Foundation has offered one to three grants of up to $5,000 per year to support academic and technology based enhancements to schools, grades, classrooms and programs. The grants cover areas from literacy, math & science, to arts & music.

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Rating: 5 stars  

"To the wonderfully supportive Kane Schools Foundation Board members, I'm not sure how the process worked exactly. I don't know where the money came from. I wish I knew that names of all the people who were responsible; but I don't. What I do know is that one day I received an email from Tracy, inviting all teachers to write and submit grant proposals for classroom needs. The form was simple enough. Talking with my 3rd grade colleagues about enhancing our writing program was exciting. We put our heads together, did a little research and came up with a plan. A few weeks after we submitted our grant proposal, we were issued the $5000 we needed! It was like magic! So to all who are responsible for finding the funds, helping with the grant process and giving of your time to improve our schools; I thank you! I would love to have any of you visit my classroom and see what is going on here. Although I have much to learn, I have a great desire to do my part to educate the youngsters of Kane County. Thanks again. Linsey Glover KES 3rd grade"


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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kane Schools Foundation for students is absolutely awesome! The Foundation has a single mission and that is to provide the greatest learning experience for the young boys and girls in our county. The Foundation does this by ensuring that our wonderfully talented teachers have the resources they need to continue to create the best learning environment for their students.

Teachers, keep up the great job!

Kane Schools Foundation for Students, keep up the hard but necessary task of raising money to accomplish your mission.

Great job all!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kane Schools Foundation for all of their dedication to the students and teachers of Kane County School District. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful organization that is focused on improving student performance and supporting professionals in education.

Recently, I received a grant to implement literature, technology and manipulatives into the math curriculum of my classroom. I will be able to purchase 10 Chrome books, an IPad mini, math manipulatives, and several children's math books. Students will be given an opportunity to create math projects to show understanding of each math standard. This will be a fun, exciting, hands-on way of learning and teaching.

Thank you again,
Audrey Tullis
Kanab Elementary School

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Reading Foundations has helped me so much in my teaching career. I cannot thank them enough for all the books , computer programs , computers and ipads they have so generously given to the schools.
The Mo Willems books are some of the best loved books we use in first grade. Two years ago I had a student with special needs and it was so hard to find books that he loved. Then the Foundation brought the Mo Willems books into my room and WOW! This child started to read, he would not put down the books. In fact, I had to keep checking his backpack before he went home, because he would try to sneak them into his pack and take them home.
I have found that if you can have a child learn to love reading in first grade, then they will become life-long learners and readers.
Without this wonderful Reading Foundation I would not have been able to instill in this special needs child the love of reading.
So Thank you again for all the good work you do for our schools. Sometimes we do not appreciate all that we have been given.

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I think the people working in this organization are doing a excellent job and they keep us up to date on all the activities going on.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Narrative, Informative Narrative, and Informational Books Are Such a Help

Thanks to our Foundation, I have received many books to teach comprehension. My personal library was pretty sparse when I entered the district 7 years ago. These books have helped my students gain outstanding scores in reading. Many thanks to the Foundation!

Marvalee Anderson

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I appreciate the Kane Schools Foundation for the great assistance they provide to improving the experience students have in the classroom. I had noticed that when I introduced samples and specimens to my class that many students were unable to see the specimen because it was small. When these specimens were passed around the class they were often damaged. I wanted to purchase a camera that would allow me to magnify and display specimens through our projector and that would also mount to a microscope. Our budget did not allow for the purchase of such an expensive piece of equipment. Through a grant proposal the Kane Schools Foundation recognized the potential benefit that this piece of equipment would provide to our science classes and provided the funds to purchase the camera. My thanks to the foundation for their willingness to provide opportunities to expand the reach of our learning.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Kane Schools Foundation For Students.

Third grade is a transition year in reading. Students go from learning to read to reading to learn new things. They go from reading small picture books to reading books with chapters. It is a challenge for students to make that jump. If they can develop a love of reading and find the book that connects with them, they can become life long readers. That is the goal of the reading program at Valley Elementary third grade.

We are having wonderful success with our reading program. We have an extensive third grade library that has book of all levels. It is very important to match a student with books that are in the correct reading level range AND are interesting to them. The books must not be too easy because then they will not grow. They also cannot be too difficult because then the student will be frustrated. Because all students differ in their interests, it is vital to have a wide range of topics and reading levels. We have such a library here in our classroom thanks, in part to the Kane School Foundation for Students. They have donated books to use in our classroom.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Student Name: Sixth Grade Students Teacher Name: Carol Lee Jacobs
(Average class size—55-75) Robin Coleman

Area of Success: Reading April 1, 2013

We would like the Kane Schools Foundation to know how much we appreciate their support and donations to our school, which has helped improve student achievement. Over the past four years we have seen an increase in the sixth grade students’ DIBELS scores. In earlier years, we have had at least eight to ten students score in the strategic or intensive range in DIBELS testing. Now we are seeing fewer students scoring in those ranges and more students meeting the benchmark for that testing period. This year (2013) we only have one student scoring in the intensive and two students scoring in the strategic ranges. Hooray! This accomplishment was not achieved by just the sixth grade teachers, but by all of our teachers here at Kanab Elementary School.
The Kane Schools Foundation has provided a way for us to acquire materials and resources that have helped improve reading throughout all grades in our school. The foundation has been especially devoted to increasing student literacy and concentrating on providing materials which are readily available to all teachers. Through monies provided by the foundation we have been able to build our school libraries; which includes: guided reading library, six-traits library, take-home library, and classroom libraries. In addition, this organization awarded our elementary a grant to purchase an i-pad for each teacher to complete DIBELS testing. We have found that electronic testing has the following benefits: less student stress, accuracy, saves time, no bulky materials, and instant results. Testing with the i-pad has been a huge success.
So, thank you again Kane Schools Foundation for your tireless efforts and support in our ultimate goal to increase our students’ self-esteem and success. You are the best!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a teacher at Kanab Elementary for many years and have been impressed with the amount of time, work, and dedication that this foundation and its members give our district. I also appreciate the support they give our schools through grants, supplies, and scholarships. Kane Schools Foundation is an excellent non-profit organization that deserves the greatest respect! Thanks for all you do!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This is a very small school district. It would be easy to say a foundation will not work due to the small district size. This foundation group has found a way in spite of small size to generate funds to assist programs. Many students have been positively impacted by the foundations efforts.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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