The foundation frequently sponsors major districtwide projects in the areas of literacy, math and science, the arts, technology, and student/staff well-being. A few of these projects recently funded include:
Lexia Literacy Software: Lexia is an intervention literacy program designed to provide individualized and structured solutions to identify and fill gaps in reading, writing, and speaking. This software is currently being used in every elementary school. The program was previously funded by the state legislature for grades K-6, but this school year, the legislature decided to only fund Lexia for grades K-3. After receiving feedback from elementary principals about the need for this tool, the foundation stepped in to provide this support for our upper elementary grade students districtwide. The response from our teachers has been extremely positive, with many sharing their data with us showing an increase in reading proficiency in their students.
Viewsonic Televisions: With the district's aging fleet of classroom projectors and smart boards struggling to keep up with newer computer technology, replacing these outdated resources was a clear priority. The old boards, with their dim displays and reduced resolution, were making it difficult for teachers to wirelessly display content and create interactive lessons for their students. To address this, the district was able to purchase and install Viewsonic Interactive TVs in our elementary schools. These TVs enable teachers to create interactive, displays, project wirelessly onto a large screen, sync data directly with Google Drive, and utilize many other advanced features. After seeing the need to expand this updated technology to our secondary schools, the Ogden School Foundation Board of Directors voted to fund the next phase on purchasing and installing Viewsonic Interactive TVs. We're happy we were able to collaborate with the district on this project to provide our students with the capabilites of a twenty-first century classroom.
School Safety and Emergency Preparedness: In partnership with the Ogden School District, the foundation provided a 1:1 funding match to ensure that every district location has emergency supply kits as part of a Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is an action-based protocal that allows schools and districts the ability to be on the same page and coordinate and effective emergency response. In order to bring our district to standard, each classroom or occupied space requires an emergency backpack and shelter-in-place bucket; backpacks are used in the event of an evacuation while buckets (which include items such as a portable toilet and privacy sheet) are to remain in the classroom for lockdown situations. With this funding match, the foundation was able to jumpstart the initial purchase and delivery of these items. These kits have already been utilized in a lockdown situation, with one teacher reaching out to express her appreciation on behalf of herself and her student who needed these supplies during an already traumatic time.