Student Enrichment Program
On August 28th, 2018 the Josephine County Youth Foundation announced that they would be continuing their Student Enrichment Program, or “Teacher Grants”. The idea is to give teachers the opportunity to apply for grants that they see their students would benefit from and give a special opportunity to the teachers to get out of the traditional ways of learning in their classrooms.
To apply for a Student Enrichment Grant please apply here by September 28, 2018.
In 2014, the first year of the “Teacher Grants”, JCF had handed out $11,000 to Josephine county’s schools with the intent of an annual program. JCF continued their program and also improved it by funding $13,000 in 2015 and $20,000 in 2016 and $25,000 in 2017 going towards activities such as a classroom set of graphing calculators. This brings the total amount of money granted through the Student Enrichment Program to over $70,000.
These grants go toward a variety of different programs in each school. Each teacher has shown their appreciation and gratitude towards the JCF program by continuing to apply to the Teacher Grant each year. The feedback has been incredible and only encourages JCF student members to keep serving our community.
- Who knows what excites and motives students to stay in school more than students themselves? The Enrichment Program increases students’ interest in school by providing a wider array of education opportunities including: field trips, guest speakers, classroom supplies, and equipment for special projects such as music and vocational programs.
- Provides students with broader exposure to areas that might spark a passion for learning or going in to a particular field.
- Students run the program and make all funding decisions. Student enhancement funding totaling $70,000 has been provided through 2017; averaging $1,000 for each program. Many students have been impacted. JCYF’s students are committed to this program and have grown this program each year and plan to continue this growth.
“Learning about the cycle of life by dissecting owl poop maybe disgusting to some, but for my students undigested mouse skeletons and fur are part of the fascinating educational process” said Heather Sheehan, a fifth grade teacher at Fruitdale Elementary School. “I am grateful to the Josephine County Foundation for letting teachers be creative and providing us with ways to engage kids in the classroom”.
All K-12 teachers in Josephine County, Oregon are eligible to apply. A team of high school students from all four Josephine County public high schools evaluate and select the programs to be funded annually based on the benefit to the students and available funding. Requests can be made from September – October of each year for the upcoming academic year. Each school can submit requests for Student Enrichment Programs. For more information or if you or your organization would like to help fund this program, contact Lany Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My primary gig at North Valley is teaching math but our principal graciously allowed me to start a percussion class this year. We started in September with about 20 students, all new to the activity. They are making great progress but we don’t have the drums needed to put everyone on instruments. We rehearse using practice pads and will be playing our first piece of the year on 5-gallon buckets. We are excited to use the grant money we received to begin purchasing drums. The ultimate goal will be to outfit a full drumline. It will be a great addition to the band program and provide additional school spirit at our athletic events.”
“Participating in the Student Enrichment Program was a great experience to learn about both grants and the needs of not only the students but the teachers in our communities.”
“Having the opportunity to visibly better the education of those around me is an experience I would not trade for anything. JCYF allowed me to make an actual difference in my community and a difference that students will encounter every day.”
Multi-Handicapped Life Skills Students:
“I love taking care of the greenhouse; it makes me feel like I can do anything!”
“It’s really cool seeing something that we planted and took care of end up in the salsa we sell!”
“A lot of my students have never owned a new book. I wanted them to see that they are valuable as students, both as individuals in my class and students in our district. They are worth something; educating them is worth something. Providing a classroom library of NEW books, purchased with THEIR education and interest in mind could light a fire for them, reiterate their importance in my class each day, and hopefully give them a sense of pride in their learning, and bigger pictures themselves as learners and contributors to society.”