Pocatello, ID—The Idaho Education Association today presented a $1,000 contribution to Jefferson Elementary School in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District. A submission from Jefferson teacher Michelle Rogers was selected as the winning entry in the Making a Difference contest, which was an important component of the Idaho Public School Teachers: Dedicated to the Ones We Love awareness campaign. Teachers, parents and community members from around the state submitted online entries this fall through the campaign website, www.idahopublicteachers.org.
In her entry, Rogers’ noted that Jefferson Elementary is more than 85% qualified for free and reduced lunch, and has had funding cut for programs such as physical education and music. “Our school tries to close the educational gap and build relationships with every single student,” Rogers said. “We try to exhaust every option available in order to help our students succeed and beat the odds they are given based on circumstance.” Rogers entry requested that the contribution be used for items such as school supplies, I-Pad apps, and equipment for physical education, art and music.
Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr offered her congratulations to Rogers and Jefferson Elementary. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this contribution to the school through our Idaho Public Teachers campaign and we are confident that these additional resources will have a tangible impact on the education and growth of students,” Cyr said. “Michelle Rogers is a great example of the many dedicated, highly-qualified professional educators that we have here in Idaho.”
The Idaho Public Teachers: Dedicated to the Ones We Love initiative has featured advertisements on radio and television stations around the state, as well on a variety of websites, showcasing the compelling stories of Idaho’s amazing public school teachers. The website also features resources about public school teachers and public education, including what Idahoans can do to support public education, troubling statistics about education funding in the state, and myths/misconceptions about professional educators.
Highlighting the campaign is a series of video vignettes featuring Idaho public school teachers sharing their thoughts and personal stories, including:
Idaho’s public school teachers are Making a Difference for students and communities every day. In recognition of our amazing teachers, the Idaho Education Association is giving you a chance to help your local public school.
Just tell us why your local public school deserves/needs the $1,000 Making a Difference grand prize.
Feel free to add photos or share stories about the teachers who inspire students or about what makes your public school unique and special.
We will select one grand prize winner from the qualified entries received before September 27, 2015. Official rules are below.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED DURING THE ENTRY PERIOD. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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