Since 2012, Vail Health has partnered with the Education Foundation of Eagle County to fund classroom grants for Equity, STEM and Arts & Music. This program empowers teachers to offer innovative and engaging curriculum that ensures successful outcomes for every student, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Each year, Vail Health has given over $15,000 to teachers for projects and curriculum dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The goal is to inspire students to consider careers in healthcare. In 2023, funds were used to send 34 students from the Eagle County School District to the Colorado Science Olympiad competition. Mandy Bolla, a science teacher at Gypsum Creek Middle School and Olympiad coach describes, “The Science Olympiad competition provides a meaningful audience outside of school for students to display their learning. It was amazing to see their motivation increase when their initial attempts failed because they had a purpose to figure it out besides just working for a grade.” Congratulations to all the students who qualified and participated!
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