Monday morning news roundup

Four K-12 teachers will be honored by Boise State University and the Lee Pesky Learning Center for inspiring their students to become teachers.

The teachers honored with the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teachers are:

  • Gina Bush, of Maple Grove Elementary in the Boise School District.
  • Steve Hansen, of Payette Lakes Middle School in the McCall-Donnelly School District.
  • Jean Mortin, of Grace Jordan Elementary in the Boise School District.
  • Art Sprague, of Peregrine Elementary School in the Meridian Joint School District.

Each of the four teachers will receive $2,000, while their schools will earn $500 as part of the recognition.

Boise State University’s education students nominated teachers who had inspired them to enter the field of education to receive the award. The honor will be presented Friday during BSU commencement ceremonies at Taco Bell Arena.

Alan and Wendy Pesky, founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, created the award and provide the funding for award recipients.

Disclosure: Idaho Ed News reporters are employees of Boise State University.

State Board encourages students to apply for scholarships

Officials with the Idaho State Board of Education are encouraging high school students to apply for four scholarships that have deadlines in early 2014.

Students have until Feb. 15 to apply for the GEAR UP Idaho Scholarship, the Governor’s Cup Scholarship and the Tschudy Family Scholarship. Meanwhile, the deadline for the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship is March 1.

“High school students, especially seniors, should be planning ahead and preparing for college,” Jessica Piper, Scholarship Program Manager for the Idaho State Board of Education said in a news release. “Knowing what financial resources are available and applying for scholarship opportunities is an important part of that process.”

Students and parents are able to view application criteria and apply for each of the scholarships online through the State Board of Education.

$20,000 in wellness grants offered

Officials from Idaho school districts, public charter schools and private schools can now apply for their share of a $20,000 Team Nutrition Grant.

The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the state plans to award 20 grants of up to $1,000 to Idaho schools for wellness programs.

Wellness programs may address nutrition, health and physical activity throughout the day.

The only requirements are that schools must participate in the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and applications are due to the state by Jan. 7.

Information and grant applications are available online.

Holocaust survivor to speak with Boise High students

Rose Beal, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, will meet with Boise High School students this afternoon. Beal will discuss her life and experience in the face of genocide and the Holocaust with seniors.