Eagle Mountain Schools Receive Sponsorship from Local Internet Provider, Direct Communications.

Direct Communications, Eagle Mountain’s local fiber optic broadband provider, donated to each of the local schools in Eagle Mountain Utah this Fall.
Why does Directcom sponsor education in Eagle Mountain? Kip Wilson, general manager for Direct Communications, answered this question by stating: “We are absolutely committed to enhancing life in Eagle Mountain long-term, and that means supporting the local institutions that are going to help develop the community. People care about education here, so donating to the schools will hopefully demonstrate our dedication to the top community priorities, including youth development and the success of Eagle Mountain.”

Mountain Trails Elemetary-Principal Turner with student council

Mountain Trails Elemetary-Principal Turner with student council

David Turner, Principal of Mountain Trails stated: “We express our extreme gratitude for your generous donation to our school. Receiving funding like this allows so many opportunities to reach out to students and recognize them for the good things they do here at the school. Your contribution will make a significant difference in the lives of the students here.”

Westlake High School Marching Band

Brek Mangelson, Director of Bands at Westlake High School, with Diane Bradshaw and Brigham Griffin, Marketing Director for Direct Communications.

Brek Mangelson, Westlake Marching Thunder Band Director, said:”Thank you so much for your support of the Westlake Marching Thunder Band this year. The band has been invited to be the official USS Utah Battleship delegate in the 2014 Peal Harbor Memorial Parade this December. Your support helped alleviate part of the costs of this trip for the students. We are so excited to represent the entire state of Utah at this event. Words cannot properly express our sincere gratitude towards Direct Communications for helping to make this trip possible for the students. Thank you!”

Diane Bradshaw, Community Relations Representative for Direct Communications presents a check to Westlake High School Football Head Coach Steve Clements.

Diane Bradshaw, Community Relations Representative for Direct Communications presents a check to Westlake High School Athletic Director, Michael O’Connor.

Sharon Mardesich, Athletic Assistant at Westlake High School said “Direct Communications has been a great support to donating a $1,000.00 each year to our Athletic Scholarship Program. The program is set up to award Senior Athletes that may not be the Star of the team, but the Heart of the Team”. Thank you Direct Communication for being a THUNDER FAN!

Cami Larsen, Principal Black Ridge Elementary, with Diane Bradshaw of Direct Communications

Cami Larsen, Principal
Black Ridge Elementary, with Diane Bradshaw of Direct Communications

Cami Larsen, Principal of Black Ridge Elementary, said: “We are grateful for the support of Direct Communications. The money we received will benefit our students through strengthening our art and music programs. Thank you for helping our students!”

Ranches academy

Ranches academy

“The Ranches Academy student body is excited to have the opportunity to perform in the musical play, Annie; and thanks Direct Communication for the generous donation to pay for the rights to the play” said Director of The Ranches Academy, Susie Scherer.

Diane Bradshaw, Direct Communications Office Administrator and community outreach representative, enjoys being involved with the local schools. “Each year I look forward to going to the various schools in Eagle Mountain and presenting donation checks from Direct Communications. Being personally involved in Utah Scholars and Prosperity 2020, I see the need for business involvement within the schools. I know that any donations the schools receive is put to good use–from the art/music program at Black Ridge elementary to the HOPE program at Frontier Middle School to helping the Westlake Marching band perform at the Pearl Harbor Day parade–all programs help our kids . I am proud to work for a company who values education and is willing to donate money to support our kids.”

Eagle Valley Elementary-pictured from Eagle Valley is Paula Tucker, the new principal, and Angie Hale, media specialist, with Darin Algaier and Diane Bradshaw from Directcom.

Eagle Valley Elementary-pictured from Eagle Valley is Paula Tucker, the new principal, and Angie Hale, media specialist, with Darin Algaier and Diane Bradshaw from Directcom.

Angie Hale of Eagle Valley Elementary said: “We would like to express our appreciation to Direct Communications for their continued generosity and support. Direct Communications, Eagle Mountain’s local telephone and internet service provider, recently made a generous donation to Eagle Valley Elementary. Their contribution will be used to help fund Eagle Valley’s Battle of the Books program and will greatly help to encourage an even greater love of literacy and learning among our students. Direct Communication’s generosity demonstrates their continued dedication to the community and their willingness to help support local schools and programs. Thank you!”

Directcom Sponsors Frontier Middle School Hope Squad Program - 2014

Directcom Sponsors Frontier Middle School Hope Squad Program – 2014

Frontier Middle School Principal Scott Sumner stated: “The generous donations by Direct Communications make many of the programs we do at Frontier Middle School possible. Our hope squad is an exact recipient, and makes it possible to provide hope for kids, and to provide training for success in life, and for what is possible in life. Thank you, Direct Communications.”

Pony Express Elementary principal Vicki Smith with teachers.

Pony Express Elementary principal Vicki Smith with teachers.

Pony Express Elementary principal Vicki Smith reported that their school would be using their $500.00 for purchasing materials for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “Specifically, we’ll purchase items that can be used to connect these content areas, such as programmable robots using Lego kits.
Thank-you again for such a wonderful gift. We are pleased that money donated from our community will remain in the school and benefit the children here at Pony Express.”

 
Brigham Griffin, Marketing Director for Direct Communications said: “For us, being the local Eagle Mountain Internet service provider means being involved and trying to make a difference in Eagle Mountain, and we hope that means something to our customers here. I guarantee that we care about Eagle Mountain more than any other provider, because Eagle Mountain is our only service area. We have no other priority. And so, we care about what happens here, because we are partners with the citizens of Eagle Mountain.“

Hidden Hollow Elementary-Principal Tillman and vice principal Mrs Littlefield, with Diane Bradshaw of Directcom.

Hidden Hollow Elementary-Principal Tillman and vice principal Mrs Littlefield, with Diane Bradshaw of Directcom.

Tom Tillman, Principal at Hidden Hollow reported that “Hidden Hollow’s Student Council was able to attend the BYU Student Council Leadership Conference in October thanks to Direct Communication’s generous donation of $500.”
Rockwell Charter High SchoolJohnny Ma,Boys Basketball Coach at Rockwell High School said: “Thank you for you sponsorship of $500 to the boys basketball program for the 2015 season. The donation is contributing to helping 22 players in our program. The donation is helping with their travel costs and reducing their costs for basketball shoes. Our program is thankful for this donation and our relationship with Direct Communications. Thanks Direct Communication for everything that you have done for us.”

Directcom Sponsors Frontier Middle School Hope Squad Program – 2014

October 2014, Eagle Mountain Utah

Direct Communications, Eagle Mountain’s local fiber broadband company, once again sponsored the Frontier Middle School Hope Squad Program for the 2014/2015 school year.  This program, launched in 2013 with a donation from Direct Communications, was designed to help combat and prevent bullying at the school.

Hope Squad is made up of peer-selected students who are trained by school counselors on how to respond and handle a student situation, such as another student telling them they are considering suicide. The counselors are then notified, and will be able to handle the situation appropriately. Hope Squad allows students to share personal information with their peers in a safe environment so they can get the necessary help they need.  The money donated by Direct Communications will be used for program fees, such as enrollment, shirts, banners and other signage.

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Direct Communications Marketing Director, Brigham Griffin, presents a check to Frontier Middle School Principal Scott Sumner, and Assistant Principal Kevin Henshaw, at Frontier Middle School in Eagle Mountain.

Frontier Middle School Principal Scott Sumner stated: “The generous donations by Direct Communications make many of the programs we do at Frontier Middle School possible. Our hope squad is an exact recipient, and makes it possible to provide hope for kids, and to provide training for success in life, and for what is possible in life. Thank you, Direct Communications.”

Besides being a community partner for education at the school, Direct Communications also services Frontier Middle School with a 1 Gigabit fiber optic connection.

Direct Communications Contributes to Local Eagle Mountain Schools in 2012

Sharon Mardesich and Mike oConnor of Westlake High School with a check from Direct Communications

Sharon Mardesich and Mike oConnor of Westlake High School with a check from Direct Communications

This month, Direct Communications contributed to each of the local  Eagle Mountain Schools as part of our commitment to be involved in our local community.

Mrs Payne of Ranches Academy with a check from Direct Communications.

Mrs Payne of Ranches Academy with a check from Direct Communications.

Kip Wilson, General Manager explained why the company makes annual contributions to Eagle Mountain schools: “Direct Communications seeks to be a responsible corporate citizen.  We know that supporting educational institutions make good sense for both our businesses and our communities.  Educated people value the services we offer, and communities that value education are successful in attracting the opportunities that accompany economic development.  We view these type of donations as a win-win in our business and civic futures. Plus, we want to support causes that we know our customers really feel strongly about, and we know they care a lot about two vital things: Their Internet service working properly, and their children. We figure that if we keep donating  to the schools, that would keep us involved on both counts.”

Angie Hale of  Eagle Valley Elementary sent us a note saying: “Thank you again for your fabulous donation to our school! We also appreciated the photo opportunity with the giant check. It is currently on display in the entry to our school!” Angie composed  the following quote to submit to the Alpine District newsletter:

Ben Hayes from Directcom presents a check to Eagle Valley Elementary.

Vicki Smith, principal of Pony Express Elementary with Brigham Griffin of Direct Communications.

Vicki Smith, principal of Pony Express Elementary with Brigham Griffin of Direct Communications.

“Direct Communications, Eagle Mountain’s local internet service provider, made a generous donation to Eagle Valley Elementary in support of their Battle of the Books program. America’s Battle of the Books provides the opportunity for students in 3rd – 6th grades to read specific books and then compete as teams to demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension of the titles they have read. This program encourages students to read quality books and gives an opportunity for them to have fun while competing with peers. Direct Communications’ meaningful contribution will help provide Eagle Valley Elementary’s media center with much needed additional copies of the books, as well as awards and incentives. It will greatly help Eagle Valley Elementary to encourage an even greater love of literacy and learning among its students. Direct Communication’s generosity shows their dedication to the community and their willingness to help support local schools and programs.”

Ashlee Robbins, of Rockwell Charter High School, with a donation from Direct Communications.

Ashlee Robbins, Assistant Director at Rockwell Charter High School wrote:

“Thank you so much for coming out to our school today and for the generous donation.  The donation was used to support and fund the Rockwell basketball program. We have both a boys and girls team.”

Steve Stewart, Principal of Vista Heights Middle School stated: “Please accept our thanks for the generous donation of $1000 to Vista Heights Middle School. We are using these funds to enhance and support our Guided Studies program, which provides additional assistance to students who struggle  academically in school. This donation was timely and much appreciated.”

Steve Stewart-Principal of Vista Heights Middle School with Diane Bradshaw of Direct Communications.

Steve Stewart-Principal of Vista Heights Middle School with Diane Bradshaw of Direct Communications.

Diane Bradshaw, local office administrator and community relations representative for Direct Communications, has been involved with local education outreach for several years, serving on the Utah Scholars Initiative, and Prosperity 2020 Board.  She explained: “One of the most rewarding parts of my job is giving back to the community, especially our schools.  The future of Eagle Mountain rests in the hands of our children–Direct Communications helps in this endeavor by giving monetarily to our schools, helping our students succeed.  I enjoy hearing back from each school on how they are going to use the donation–some use the money on their libraries, while others use it for student council and sports programs.  I am proud to work for a company that values education and is interested in serving our youth.”

Mrs Mortensen of Hidden Hollow with Diane

Mrs Mortensen of Hidden Hollow with Diane

Suzie Scherer, Director of the Ranches Academy wrote to us: “Thank you so much for the generous donation. We are thrilled to receive the money again this year. The money will be used by our Student Council and our Randy Raffle. The Student Council will use the money to help pay for a service learning project. They will be traveling and serving at a shelter and also would like to go to a City Council meeting and meet with the Mayor. The Randy Raffle is our school wide positive behavior program and character education support.  Our raffle is a reward for students “caught” doing the right thing or demonstrating our character for the month.”

Direct Communications has a long history of partnering with local school districts, especially in remote areas. In many rural towns, Direct Communications was instrumental in bringing the first high-speed internet access to rural school districts.

Wendy hughes and Michelle Zwick- Mountain Trails Elementary

Wendy hughes and Michelle Zwick- Mountain Trails Elementary

Brigham Griffin, Marketing Director for Direct Communications, said: “Education and high-speed internet go hand-in-hand. So, as a broadband provider, supporting education is a good fit for us. Studies show a widening performance gap between students with broadband internet access at home, and those without. Students without internet are at a disadvantage, and at risk for falling behind the curve today. We want to bring high speed internet into more students homes and more speed to every school.”

Michelle Zwick of Mountain Trails Elementary said: “Thank you so much for coming to our school last week and presenting us with the “big” check for $500.  We have a Behavior Committee that meets and implements ways to increase good behavior at Mountain Trails Elementary.  We are going to use the donation money for training and also for student incentives to encourage and praise good behavior at school.  We started this program last year, and it was very successful.   We appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.”

Michelle Zwick

Secretary

Mountain Trails Elementary