Grant Recipient Stories
"In 2007 , the Chatfield first grade teachers implemented a new initiative to match our first grade readers to their
just right level text. We use leveled books on a daily basis so our students can work in their individual reading level
to strengthen and challenge their reading ability. We also wanted to send home a book with each student every night to
reinforce and practice skills, so we were in need of leveled books for our first grade classrooms."
First Grade Student
2007-2008 Chatfield Elementary School First Grade Teachers - Elissa Johnsrud, Julie Young, and Tracy Raaen
"Our goal is to teach each individual child at their reading level and to provide a comfortable learning environment
where students strengthen their individual skills. By doing this we increase fluency, phonemic awareness,
decoding skills and comprehension"
"The Chosen Valley Community Foundation graciously supported our efforts and provided us with funds to purchase books which we could
match to our readers. We saw tremendous growth from our first grade readers throughout the course of the school year.
We greatly appreciate the Foundation's support of education in Chatfield and in our classrooms."
Alice Manahan Nursing Scholarship
"Thanks to Alice Manahan and the Chosen Valley Community Foundation, I am grateful to have received the Alice Manahan Nursing Scholarship.
Her scholarship has allowed me to continue my learning, growth, and success in the caring profession of nursing. Scholarships give
students like me the opportunity to realize our dreams and that others value our dreams as well. Like Alice Manahan, I am pursing a
career in nursing because the most important purpose in my life is helping others."
Nursing Scholarship Recipient - Michelle Bell