Cash Valley Elementary School Partnerships
Adopt a Classroom: Thomas Subaru Loves Learning Partnership
Cash Valley Elementary School was selected this year by Thomas Subaru for their Subaru Loves Learning partnership! This partnership places emphasis and focus on the school's motto "Every Connection Counts", which teaches students that safety, relationships, and academics are of the highest priority. Subaru values these areas in education and uses the Adopt a Classroom partnership to make them a priority too!
Cash Valley received a credit through their nonprofit partner, www.AdoptAClassroom.org, that allows teachers to purchase classroom supplies that students need to be successful. According to Cash Valley's principal, Dr. Lisa Stevenson, "We're so proud to be one of the over 600 schools nationwide selected by local Subaru retailers. STEM/Tech funding will provide resources used to enhance hands-on differentiated learning, supporting all academic levels towards achievement." Dr. Stevenson noted that the resources selected by her teachers will align with the state curriculum, preparing students to become creative and productive with science content integration. She went on to say, "Exposure to the STEM/Tech resources will allow our students to enhance their positive 'I CAN" mindset that is applicable in developing future contributors in the community."
Through the Subaru Loves Learning partnership, they have put school supplies in the hands of more than 300,000 students across the country, and Cash Valley looks forward to continuing their partnership with Thomas Subaru over the years. "It is with great appreciation and thanks to Subaru for selecting our school for this educational program," said Dr. Stevenson. "We look forward to this exciting educational partnership because both Subaru and Cash Valley Elementary School both LOVE LEARNING!"
Subaru Loves Learning
Maryland SNAP-Ed Partnership
Cash Valley Elementary School is proud of another partnership they have with the Maryland SNAP-Ed program. Through the University of Maryland Extension, SNAP-Ed helps partner schools create healthier environments to improve the wellbeing of families. Currently, there are ten elementary schools in Allegany County that partner with SNAP-Ed. According to Amanda Hawkins, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator and Project Leader, "Cash Valley is one of the most recent and most active collaborators. This year Cash Valley will have nutrition education in grades pre-k through grade two and grade four."Hawkins notes that SNAP-Ed also strives to make changes in the systems, policies, and environments of their partner schools, and the program attempts to reach parents with resources and reminders.This year, as part of their SNAP-Ed partnership, Cash Valley is preparing a wellness sensory hallway for students in an effort to help them stay focused, thus preventing disruptive behaviors within the classroom. The chosen theme for this hallway is a jungle as it aligns perfectly with Cash Valley's school mascot, the Cougar. Art teachers at the school have been tasked with designing activities for the hallway walls and floors.When a student takes advantage of a sensory hallway, they will follow a designated path completing various activities and tasks associated with sight, touch, and sound along the way. At the end of the path, students should be more focused, calmer, and ready to return to the classroom environment to learn. A typical sensory hallway is colorful and creative and could include sand, shapes, and stickers. Cash Valley's hallway will also feature a yoga mindfulness area.Experts say that sensory hallways "can also help students develop motor skills, including balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness."