Coeur d’Alene teacher honored by Yale University
Lynda LeBlanc, a Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy french teacher, has been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2018 Yale Educator Award.
Students entering the Yale Class of 2022 were asked to nominate outstanding educators who have deeply impacted their lives. LeBlanc was nominated for the award by Sydney Morrison, one of her former students.
Sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the award recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.
Of this year’s 371 nominees, who represent 42 U.S. states and 12 countries, 59 teachers and 28 counselors were selected by a committee of Yale admissions officers to receive the award. The winners receive engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement.
Ninth circuit civics contest for teens
The Ninth District Court has opened its annual 2019 civics contest to high school teens. This year’s contest is tied to the Fourth Amendment in the 21st century: What is an “unreasonable search and seizure” in the digital age? Students can enter either a video or essay.
- First place prize: $2,000
- Second place prize: $1,000
- Third place prize: $500
Deadline for entries is April 1, 2019. Click here for contest details
Grab a cup of coffee to support STEM
For every cup of coffee purchased at Dutch Bros on Sept. 29 the company will donate $1 from each drink sold at its Boise and Meridian locations to Reuseum Educational Inc. to fund scholarships to STEM camps for underserved and underprivileged kids.
The Idaho STEM Action Center is matching the Dutch Bros donation 50 cents on the dollar. The Idaho Legislature created the STEM Action Center in 2015 as a way to highlight the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines and to encourage more students to study those subjects and prepare for 21st century careers.
Idaho Commission for Libraries awards grants to schools
The Idaho Commission for Libraries awarded $182,000 in grant funding to 39 school libraries for the 2018-19 school year. Each school library received between $2,000 and $5,000.
The school libraries will use the funds to purchase quality, age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction books for elementary school students. The funding ensures that the kindergarten and first-grade students are allowed to check out at least two books per week.
In addition, the grant funding will enable 26 of the school libraries to allow students in all grade levels to check out more than one book per week.
“Research verifies that children who are not reading on grade level by the end of first grade only have a one in eight chance of ever catching up without costly
direct intervention,” said Staci Shaw, a youth services consultant.
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Blackfoot School District: I.T. Stoddard Elementary School
Blaine County School District: Hailey Elementary School
Boise School District: Koelsch Elementary School
Boise School District: Mountain View Elementary School
Bonneville Joint School District: Bridgewater Elementary School
Bonneville Joint School District: Fairview Elementary School
Bonneville Joint School District: Iona Elementary School
Bonneville Joint School District: Tiebreaker Elementary School
Caldwell School District: Lincoln Elementary School
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Cassia County School District: Declo Elementary School
Firth School District: A.W. Johnson Elementary School
Fremont School District: Henry’s Fork Elementary
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Highland Joint School District: Highland Elementary School
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Idaho Falls School District: Edgemont Gardens Elementary School
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Madison School District: Burton Elementary School
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Plummer Worley Joint School District: Lakeside Elementary School
Potlatch School District: Potlatch Elementary School
Salmon River Joint School District: Riggins Elementary School
Shoshone Joint School District: Shoshone Elementary School
Soda Springs Joint School District: Thirkill Elementary
St. Maries Joint School District: Upriver Elementary School
Swan Valley School District: Swan Valley Elementary School
Teton County School District: Driggs Elementary School
Troy School District: Troy Elementary School
West Bonner County School District: Priest Lake Elementary School