Eastern Colorado Bank Grant

Article date: October 7, 2019

by Kenzie Eck


 New math curriculum? We think yes! The Eastern Colorado Bank awarded Weskan Elementary School with $2,500 to help pay for K-5 “Bridges” mathematics curriculum. The Eastern Colorado Bank has been in business for 75 years. They wanted to celebrate their 75th Anniversary by awarding $75,000 to 16 winners within their Branch communities.

The bank received an overwhelming response of 103 entries this year, asking for over $60,000 from non-profits, schools, or community minded organizations that are in need of some financial help.

The Weskan Elementary students, K-5, will be spending 80 minutes a day in math class. Sawyer Mitchek, Third Grade, said, “I like the new set up we have for math.” They will be working on number sense, problem solving, and other mathematical thinking skills.

This math curriculum is very hands-on, research-based, and student-oriented. Jo Mote, Elementary Math and Sixth Grade Teacher, said, “We didn’t really change the curriculum, but having 80 minutes of math is working really well. We have it split. They do 20 minutes of number corners, as a warm-up, and 60 minutes of a regular math class.”

We, as a school, appreciate this money very much. Thank you, Eastern Colorado Bank, for this grant!