Congratulations to 1st Round Student & Staff Wellness Grant Recipients

Congratulations to 1st Round Student & Staff Wellness Grant Recipients

The District 51 Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Student and Staff Wellness Grant Awards. A total of over $15,000 in grants will be awarded from the D51 Foundation to 12 District 51 staff members.

According to Drew Wyant, D51 Foundation grant recipient and social studies teacher at Palisade High School, “Thank you so much for supporting the wellbeing of all of our students at Palisade High School. The ability to learn starts with basic necessities which includes personal hygiene as this allows our students to feel confident and supported throughout their educational journey!” Mr. Wyant received grant funding to help provide student personal hygiene supplies in all classrooms at the high school.

Each year, the D51 Foundation uses proceeds from its White Iced Celebration and other fundraising efforts to fund specific needs in School District 51. This year, fundraising dollars will be used to purchase technology and innovation products for students, to support professional learning for D51 staff, and to provide resources for student and staff wellness.

“On behalf of FMHS and the Wellness Champions, we would like to express our appreciation to the D51 Foundation. We are excited to welcome more opportunities for student and staff wellness, to build stronger connections with families and community members, and to help support mental and emotional well-being,” noted Fruita Monument High School/F8/9 Instructional Coach Brittany Metz.

R5 High School teacher and grant recipient Christine Harty added, “Words cannot express my profound gratitude to the D51 Foundation for the Student and Staff Wellness grant! The opportunity to take students away from the stressors of life, build community, promote health and healing in the presence of the outdoors will be an exceptional experience.” The funds she received will provide the opportunity for nine R5 students to attend the Outdoor Wilderness Program (OWL).

“We’re honored to be able to provide grants to help support student and staff wellness. We know what an important role wellness plays in growing our D51 students academically. Our generous donors and supporters make this all possible,” said Angela Christensen, D51 Foundation Executive Director.