Press Release: Smithfield Educators Receive $5,000 Grant


The NEA Foundation Funds Classroom Technology;
Grant Awarded in Partnership with Nickelodeon

WASHINGTON, DC — Richard Rigby and Carla Cox of Birch Creek Elementary in Smithfield, Utah have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to improve students’ mastery of technology by introducing Smart Boards and other technology in the classroom.  In order to become proficient in the new technology, students will create multimedia classroom presentations.

This grant has been been awarded in collaboration and with support from Nickelodeon, through the Nickelodeon – NEA Foundation Big Help Grants partnership. For the second consecutive year, Nickelodeon is helping fund the NEA Foundation grants program through the network’s The Big Help, a long-term effort to connect kids to issues and information important in their lives. The grants support the development and implementation of educators’ ideas, techniques, and approaches for addressing the following areas: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students’ right to a quality public education, and active community involvement.

“With these grants we are helping educators to improve their practice so students can increase their academic achievement and develop 21st century skills,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “With the additional funding from Nickelodeon, students and educators will engage in a wide variety of innovative work.”

The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities. Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding 41 grants totaling $169,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. Since 1999, the NEA Foundation has funded 20 grants for Utah educators. For more information about these educators’ projects, visit the searchable grantee database.

A team of 20 educators, many of whom are former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded grants were selected based on the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 24 different states. 

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