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MEF Approves $23,645 In Classroom Grants

Morgan Education Foundation Approves $23,645 In Grants

MORGAN, UT: September 12, 2017 – The Morgan Education Foundation recently approved $23,645 in combined grants for classrooms, technology and professional development to benefit Morgan School District students and teachers. The grant money is being utilized to purchase items such as: microscopes; 3D science models; simple machine kits; STEM coding units; art supplies; lavalier wireless microphones; Kindles; iPads; Chromebooks; document cameras; headphones; math manipulatives; and, classroom sets of books.

Among the more than 40 classroom grant recipients are the second grade teachers at Mountain Green Elementary School.

“The Morgan Education Foundation grant has allowed my colleagues and me to implement a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program into our second grade curriculum at Mountain Green Elementary,” stated Natalie Reese, second grade teacher. “By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will possibly develop a passion for it and pursue jobs in a STEM field.”

Reese explained that STEM-based curriculum has real-life situations to help students learn, and STEM-related activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons.

“Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the students do much more than just learn,” added Reese. “We are thankful to those who contribute to the Foundation. This funding has allowed us to purchase resources to implement our STEM goals in our classrooms.”

Recently hired Morgan Education Foundation Executive Director, Tiffany Allen, echoed Reese’s expression of gratitude to donors.

“The Foundation wishes to thank the many generous supporters who have made monetary and in-kind donations to enhance the educational experience of our local students,” stated Allen. “We invite individuals and businesses in the community to participate in the 5th Annual ‘Color Us Bright’ Fun Run to help raise money to be utilized for future classroom grants. “

The Color Us Bright Fun Run event will be held on Monday, October 2nd at Morgan High School’s Trojan Century Center. Registration information about the Color Run is available on the Foundation’s website at www.morganeducationfoundation.org.

Questions about the classroom grant program and fundraising events should be directed to the Foundation at morganeducationfoundation@yahoo.com.

About the Morgan Education Foundation

The Morgan Education Foundation was founded in 2007 to help bring about excellence in education for children enrolled with Morgan County School District. Funds raised by the Foundation are available to teachers through a classroom grant process. The Foundation also utilizes these funds to support arts and athletic programs, improve technology, support capital improvement projects, and provide college scholarships for graduating seniors.

Phillips 66 Awards $40,000 Grant to Morgan Schools

 

MORGAN, UTAH: August 16, 2016 – Through a generous $40,000 donation from Phillips 66, Morgan County students and teachers will soon benefit from upgrades and enhancements to Morgan School District’s technological infrastructure. The Morgan Education Foundation applied for the technology grant from Phillips 66 as part of the Foundation’s “Connections for Classrooms” initiative to raise funds for updates to student computer labs, purchase portable Chromebook labs for classrooms, and improve the maintenance and rotation of existing technology throughout the district.

“We are over-the-moon with excitement to accept this generous donation from Phillips 66 on behalf of Morgan County school children, teachers and administrators,” said Diana Windley, Morgan Education Foundation Board Chair. “These funds will advance the technology in our School District in a meaningful way.”

Keeping up with technology is a challenge for any organization – but it can be especially difficult when serving schools with rapidly growing student populations. Figures current as of August 15, 2016, show Morgan School District’s enrollment at 3,059 students for the first day of the 2016-17 school year, up from 2,924 students enrolled at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year. Year-over-year, fast-paced growth has created increased demands on computers labs, media centers and the overall technological infrastructure for the School District.

“Phillips 66 has done a wonderful thing for our community by investing in our school children,” continued Windley. “We appreciate their consideration and generosity in donating to Morgan County Schools.”

The Morgan Education Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to unite the community in acquiring and directing resources to enhance the educational experience of students enrolled in Morgan School District. Founded in 2007, the Board of Directors for the Foundation is comprised of volunteers including business and community leaders, parents and district administration.

For more information about the Morgan Education Foundation, visit www.morganeducationfoundation.org.

Love UT Give UT

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Love UT Give UT on March 31st  

MORGAN, UTAH: March 16, 2016 – The Morgan Education Foundation is reminding local residents and businesses that Thursday, March 31st, is Utah’s biggest day of statewide giving, and you can make an impact on a local level by donating to the Morgan Education Foundation.

Communities across Utah will come together for 24 hours of online giving during the annual Love UT Give UT campaign. Donations can be made online on March 31st, or scheduled early on the Love UT Give UT website at www.loveUTgiveUT.org. Many Utah employers will make matching donations made through the Love UT Give UT charitable-giving initiative.

Latest figures show Morgan School District’s growing enrollment at 2,880 up from 2,812 students at this time last year. Fast-paced growth has created increased demands on buildings, classroom materials, media centers, computers labs, and more. The Morgan Education Foundation raises much-needed funds to benefit local students through classroom grant programs for teachers and technology upgrades in all of our schools.

The Morgan Education Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to unite the community in acquiring and directing resources to enhance the educational experience of students enrolled in Morgan School District. Founded in 2007, the Board of Directors for the Foundation is comprised of volunteers including business and community leaders, parents and district administration.

Colorful Fun Run Benefits Local Schools

FunRunpageheaderMORGAN, UTAH: October 17, 2015 – Over 500 runners became colorful works of art as they participated in the third annual Morgan Education Foundation “Color Us Bright” Fun Run on Monday, September 28. Splashes of color could be seen all over participants and along the race route beginning at the Trojan Center, and then around the Wilkinson Rec Complex, Morgan High School, Morgan Middle School and Morgan Elementary.

The Foundation raised approximately $5300 at this year’s event, which was a significant increase over last year. Foundation members attribute the larger crowd to reducing registrations fees and increasing advertising for the event.

“We lowered the registration fees in hopes that more families and students would participate,” stated Diana Windley, Morgan Education Foundation president. “With reduced registration fees, we knew there was the possibility the event would earn less money this year when compared to last year. However, with participation more than double from the previous year, the final outcome netted $1,000 more over 2014.”

Windley stated the Foundation members wanted to involve as many people in the community as possible, and allow all residents to show their support to Morgan Schools with an affordable, family-friendly event.

“One-hundred percent of the registration fees are going directly to benefit Morgan School District classrooms,” continued Windley. “Our generous sponsors and volunteers covered all of the costs for the color packets, t-shirts, advertising, prizes and other expenses associated with the Color Run.”

The 2015 sponsors included: Young Ford & Dodge; Advanced Machinery; Goldenwest Credit Union; Hertz; Get Away Today Vacations; 1st Bank; Timbermine Steakhouse; Karen’s Kreations; Ace Hardware; Saunders Outdoor Advertising; and, Hinds Quick Stop.

To add excitement at this year’s event, the grand prize drawing included Disneyland Park Hopper Passes with a three-night hotel-stay in Southern California, donated by Get Away Today Vacations. Kasha Carpenter, a student at Morgan Elementary and daughter of MES second grade teacher Mrs. Carpenter, was the lucky winner of the grand prize.

Funds raised during the Color Run will be used to help fund classroom grants for the District’s fast-growing student population. Grant requests include items such as Chrome Book labs, iPads, document cameras, and classroom readers. The Foundation is also working to raise awareness and money to purchase a new bus for special needs students.

The Foundation wishes to thank everyone who participated in the Color Run, and invites all members of the Morgan community to join the race next year. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event a success!

The Morgan Education Foundation was founded in 2007 to help bring about excellence in education for children enrolled with Morgan County School District. Funds raised by the Foundation are available to teachers through a classroom grant process. The Foundation also utilizes these funds to support arts and athletic programs, pay for much-needed technology upgrades, and provide college scholarships for graduating seniors.

Golf Tournament Raises $8,700 for Schools

golftournamentheaderMORGAN, UT: August 14, 2015 – The Morgan Education Foundation raised $8,700 during its 7th Annual Golf Tournament earlier this month at Round Valley Golf Course.
Twenty-six teams and dozens of sponsors participated in the event on August 4 to support the Foundation in funding classroom grants for teachers in Morgan County School District.
“The Foundation and District are very fortunate to have so many business partners, community leaders and individuals come together to support our fundraising efforts for the students and teachers of Morgan County School District,” remarked Diana Windley, MEF President. “Many thanks to Kathy Markham, who has been the chair of the golf tournament for the past two years, and the other members of the event committee on an outstanding tournament.”
Many business sponsors and organizations helped make the day successful, including:
• 1st Bank of Morgan
• Adams Avenue Car Wash
• Bell Photography
• Buzz Graphics
• Costco
• CSI Printing & Advertising
• Fringe Benefit Analysts
• GetAway Today Travel
• Goldenwest Credit Union
• Hogan Construction
• Insight Eye Specialist
• Lagoon
• Larry H. Miller Group/Salt Lake Bees
• Les Olsen Company
• Moreton and Company
• Morgan Drug
• Morgan High Boys Golf Team
• Morgan Health Center
• Peterson Wealth Services
• Rosehill Dairy
• Round Valley Golf Course
• Sam’s Club
• Schneider’s Riverside Golf Course
• Teachers-to-Teachers
• Weber State University
• Westland Construction
• Young Ford & Young Dodge of Morgan
The Morgan Education Foundation has announced the 8th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Round Valley Golf Course. Save the date!
Should you have any questions about future fundraising activities, visit the Foundation’s website at morganeducationfoundation.org

7th Annual Golf Tournament

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Morgan Education Foundation 7th Annual Golf Tournament

Students and teachers may be enjoying the summer break, but plans for the coming school year are well underway. The Morgan Education Foundation invites you to join with them in support of local public schools by participating in the 6th Annual Morgan Education Foundation Golf Tournament on August 4, 2015 at Round Valley Golf Course. They are currently accepting registration for individual golfers and foursomes. Registration information and forms are available now.

Golfers of all skill-levels are encouraged to participate in the scramble-format tournament and enjoy lunch after the 18-hole round of golf at the bowery located next to the clubhouse. The Foundation is also seeking hole-sponsors beginning at $150 and soliciting prize donations for the fundraising event.

The Morgan Education Foundation was founded in 2007 to help bring about excellence in education for children enrolled with Morgan County School District. Funds raised by the Foundation are available to teachers through a classroom grant process. The Foundation also utilizes these funds to support arts and athletic programs, pay for much-needed technology upgrades, and provide college scholarships for graduating seniors.

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact the Foundation at 801-829-3411 or mef@morgansd.org.

 

Love UT Give UT Campaign Benefits Local Schools


LoveUTGiveUT2015pageheaderMORGAN, UTAH: February 9, 2015
– The Morgan Education Foundation will be one of 500 nonprofit organizations benefiting from the Love UT Give UT fundraising campaign on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Last year, more than 10,500 people from across Utah raised $1,058,839 for 460 charities in one day. Love UT Give UT’s vision is that everyone contributes to the causes that matter most to them – their school, a favorite charity, or a specific need. The 24-hour giving campaign uses an online platform, www.loveUTgiveUT.org, with an affordable minimum donation amount of only $10.

This is the second year the Morgan Education Foundation has registered as a recipient of the campaign to benefit the four public schools in Morgan County. In 2014, the Foundation received more than $2,000 as a result of the Love UT Give UT campaign.

Many Utah employers sponsor the event as a whole, or provide matching donations for their employees. Since the employee picks the charity, companies are not forced to pick a favorite cause, reflecting the increasing diversity of Utah’s workforce and population.

“Last year we raised $2,199 during the Love UT Give UT campaign, with a large portion of the money coming from a matching employer donation,” stated Morgan Education Foundation president Diana Windley. “The Foundation’s Board Members voted to direct the Love UT Give UT donations to the Connections for Classrooms fund, which has helped improve infrastructure relating to technology in our schools.”

Windley commented that the Morgan Education Foundation members had not voted yet on how to utilize funds from the 2015 Love UT Give UT campaign, but it was likely that some or all of the dollars raised will go towards technology upgrades.

“Several members of the administration and faculty have expressed the need to upgrade networks, computers and programs in our schools,” continued Windley. “As a Board, we feel strongly that investing in technology will have the greatest reach and impact on the largest number of students and teachers.”

The Community Foundation of Utah offers incentives to encourage participation of Utah residents and businesses during the Love UT Give UT campaign, including:

Leaderboard Grants – Organizations that receive the highest number of donors during Love UT Give UT in their respective categories will receive additional grants. Categories include: 1) small nonprofits with budgets under $250,000; 2) medium nonprofits with budgets over $250,000 but under $1 million; 3) large nonprofits with budgets over $1 million, and, 4) schools, colleges and universities.

Matching Funds – Donors will have the opportunity to double their dollars for nonprofit organizations that have secured matching funds from generous supporters. www.loveUTgiveUT.org is powered by Razoo, a venture funded social enterprise committed to transforming people’s lives through meaningful giving. Its secure online platform facilitates crowdsourced fundraising, streamlines the donation process and offers a suite of free and easy to-use fundraising tools that inspire individuals and nonprofits to give and fundraise online.

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About the Morgan Education Foundation

The Morgan Education Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to unite the community in acquiring and directing resources to enhance the educational experience of students enrolled in Morgan School District. The Board of Directors for the Foundation is comprised of volunteers including business and community leaders, parents, and district administration.

About the Community Foundation of Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. For more information, visit www.utahcf.org or call 801.559.3005, or email Community Foundation of Utah Director of Initiatives, Blair Hodson at blair@utahcf.org.

Morgan Education Foundation Provides $10,000 Grant for Technology

MORGAN, UTAH: January 12, 2015 – Local students and teachers are experiencing the benefits of recent technology upgrades in their schools. A multi-faceted local funding effort sponsored by the Morgan Education Foundation has helped provide essential infrastructure improvements in the school district. During the Foundation’s November meeting, the Board of Trustees approved $10,000 be allocated immediately for technology modernization.

In a recent letter to the Board of Trustees, Morgan School District IT Director and Technology Committee Chairman Terry Allen expressed his appreciation to the Foundation for the financial support they have provided the school district.

Recent purchases with Morgan Education Foundation funds include a new firewall for the district network that provides a more consistent and faster data stream. The firewall also minimizes the liability for outside entities to gain access to school district’s network. In addition, the firewall provides an antivirus program for both the network and work stations.

New gigabit switches have been purchased and will be installed for the computer labs in the high school. With the switches and other upgrades to the network, students and staff will have a more reliable and consistent experience when working in the computer labs.

“Technology in classrooms is a hot-button topic recently, as shown by a Utah gubernatorial task force, bills presented in legislative sessions, and various media reports,” explained Mark Farmer, Morgan School Board member. “While Morgan schools are more than a little behind in available technology, it is important that we implement technology in our classrooms in a manner that’s carefully planned-out with the future in mind. The funding from the community, through the Morgan Education Foundation, allows us to start the process of upgrading our technology using a careful and cost-effective approach.”

The Morgan Education Foundation is embarking on the second year of a five-year technology-focused fundraiser, which was recently rebranded as “Connections For Classrooms.” The multi-year effort was constructed to support Morgan School District with its long-term technology needs.
“In early 2014, the School Board approached the Foundation requesting fundraising efforts be directed toward much-needed improvements in technology infrastructure,” commented Diana Windley, newly appointed Morgan Education Foundation president. “The Foundation’s Board of

Trustees has responded to their request, and raised $30,560 in the first year.”
Windley says that the recent $10,000 allocation to the school district for technology is the first of many funds transfers in the coming weeks, months and years. She expects the money to be invested in technology quickly due to the school district’s aging computer systems and growing student population.

Existing and future money raised for technology will be delivered to the schools as the Morgan School District’s Technology Committee submits formal funding requests for infrastructure needs. Transparency and accountability in the appropriate application of these funds is a key component of this funding process.

“The Foundation has a solemn responsibility to individual and corporate donors to ensure these funds are used for their intended purpose – to improve technology in our classrooms that will enhance the educational experience of Morgan County School District students,” added Windley.
Individuals and corporations wishing to donate to the “Connections For Classrooms” fundraising project are requested to do so through the Morgan Education Foundation, a recognized non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation. Donations can be made with a credit card on the Foundation’s website at www.morganeducationfoundation.org. The Foundation also accepts donations at the school district office located at 240 East Young Street, Morgan, Utah 84050.

Drive One 4UR School

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“Drive 4 UR School” Event To Benefit Morgan Schools

MORGAN, UTAH: September 7, 2014 – The Morgan Education Foundation and Young Ford Dealership are teaming up once again to host the Drive 4 UR School test drive fundraising event.

All licensed drivers 18 and older are invited to take free test drive on Friday, September 19, any time between 9 am – 6 pm at Morgan High School in the Trojan Center parking lot. For every valid test drive, Young Ford will donate $20 to the Morgan Education Foundation. Drive 4UR Schools is a national program sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

The Morgan Education Foundation was founded in 2007 to help bring about excellence in education for children enrolled with Morgan County School District. Funds raised by the Foundation are available to teachers through a classroom grant process. The Foundation also utilizes these funds to support arts and athletic programs, pay for much-needed technology upgrades, and provide college scholarships for graduating seniors.

“Color Us Bright” Fun Run To Benefit Morgan Schools

MORGAN, UTAH: August 3, 2014 – Help raise money for Morgan Schools by coming together with your family and neighbors in a colorful event at the 2nd Annual “Color Us Bright” Fun Run on Monday, August 25th. The fun and festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Morgan High School parking lot.

“Last year all of our participants had a great time at our inaugural ‘Color Us Bright’ fundraiser,” stated Brenda Crossley, Morgan Education Foundation President. “We are looking forward to joining with more families, teachers and students this year for another fun, color-crazy event that supports excellence in education at Morgan Schools.”

Funds raised from the “Color Us Bright” Fun Run will be used for a variety of educational purposes, including much-needed technological upgrades at each school and teacher grants. Morgan teachers can apply for grants to purchase additional resources for their classrooms such as books, equipment, or electronic media.

Online registration for the Color Us Bright Fun Run is already underway on the Morgan Education Foundation’s recently re-designed website at www.morganeduationfoundation.org. Families and individuals can register online before August 16th for a $5 discount. Registration will also be available from 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Morgan High School parking lot on the day of the event.

Participants going through the color course will be splashed with powdered color packets. As such, runners and walkers are encouraged to wear white shirts to achieve the maximum colorful effect of the fun run. Sunglasses are also recommended. The powdered color packets are based on food-grade cornstarch, and are 100 percent safe. The color run course is around Morgan High, Elementary and Middle Schools.

Each participate will receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, and one color pack. Additional color packs will be available for purchase. Food will also be available for purchase at the Fun Run.

Registration fees are discounted at $15 per participant under age 17 and $20 per participant over age 18 who sign-up on the Morgan Education Foundation website at morganeducationfoundation.org/color-us-bright-fun-run/ before August 16th. Register the entire family and receive an additional $10 discount off the total fee for five or more paying runners in your immediate family.Registration fees increase by $5 for participants who sign-up for the Fun Run between August 17-25.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available beginning at $100.

Founded in 2007, the Morgan Education Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to unite the community in acquiring and directing resources to enhance the educational experience of students enrolled in Morgan County School District.