Creating Unity Through Education

Granite Education Foundation (GEF) and Coller Industries Incorporated are working together, again!

Due to our donations and continual support, Granite Education Foundation invited Coller Industries to attend this year’s Excel Evening of Honors. The “EXCEL Evening of Honors” was held on April 21st.

Granite Education Foundation (GEF) and Coller Industries Incorporated are working together, again!Every year, Granite Education Foundation supporters gather to recognize outstanding teachers, administrators and community members whose personal commitment and contribution impacts 67,000 students in the Granite School District. The annual EXCEL Award publicly honors and recognizes educators who raise the bar of their profession. The award recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact.

 

Winners are nominated by school administrators, parents, colleagues and students through an intensive application process. A selection committee then reviews each application. Members of this Excel Selection Committee surprise each winner at their school with the announcement. This interaction was recorded and shared at the presentation event.

The committee received over a thousand nominations and had to select only ten winners.

During the gala, each winner was presented with a special “Excel Award,” a gift basket, a monetary award, and other generous gifts to recognize their achievements.

Gary Coller, President of Coller Industries, said, “I look forward to this every year, it’s an honor to be around great educators and dedicated professionals who support them. Ten great teachers, and I was able to present an award to a teacher who’s mother had also been recognized as a teacher of the year.”

Granite Education Foundation (GEF) and Coller Industries Incorporated are working together, again!Emily Lehnardt believes that children are perfect candidates for her to “awaken” the human spirit to love life-long learning. She feels children exude great curiosity and seemingly limitless creativity. Emily applies Dr. Einstein’s teaching philosophy in her classroom. She believes Dr. Einstein lived in creative expression and knowledge. His creativity through experiments gave the world cutting-edge information.

“Ms. Lehnardt is exactly what my son needed in first grade. Her passion for teaching and learning shines through and really inspired him to love going to school.” -Parent

Ramona Braunberger, Marketing Manager for Coller Industries, said, “Emily is the educator you want (for your child). It is very apparent that she cares about the kids and is excited about teaching.”

“Every year we have the phenomenal opportunity to recognize educators who exemplify the values and mission of Granite School District,” said Dr. Martin W. Bates, Granite School District Superintendent. “These individuals have demonstrated exceptional teaching skills and a commitment to student success. In addition, they provide meaningful contributions to their school community, and are constantly seeking ways to improve the educational experience of their students.”

Congratulations to the 2017 GEF Excel Winners!
Emily Lehnardt – Cottonwood Elementary
Sheri Coats – Armstrong Academy
Sarah Wilson – South Kearns Elementary
Zachary Layton – Eisenhower Jr High
Wendee Johnston – Whittier Elementary
Yvonne Miller – Fremont Elementary
Rhonda Small-Oakes – Hartvigsen
Anita Ardi – Churchill Jr High
Callah Morrey – West Kearns Elementary
Craig Stauffer – Hunter High

From GEF: Why honor teachers?

Research shows that students with high-performing teachers can progress three times as fast as students with low-performing teachers. Effective educators can influence the climate of the entire school. Their commitment, passion, expertise, and creativity are infectious. Students love them because they make learning fun and engaging. Administrators love them because they get results. Parents love them because they affirm their student’s potential.

In the face of increasing class sizes and insufficient funding and resources, the majority of Granite District teachers are dipping into their own pockets and their own time to bridge the gap for their students. Educators are finding progressive and engaging solutions to institutional problems and changing the world, one child at a time.

Coller Industries is proud to be a part of this process. While our role is small in comparison to these educators, we are still happy that we get to take part. Our children’s education has a direct impact on our business as we like to focus on working in our community. Helping out our local community is a large part of what defines the generosity of Coller Industries Incorporated.

Granite Education Foundation (GEF) and Coller Industries Incorporated are working together, again!

Promise Ribbons and Brazilian Wish Ribbons

Wear your wish ribbons, promise ribbons or fitas proudly!

Sharing the way people around the world use ribbons is always exciting! However, there is not a lot of new information that Coller Industries can add to using cultural wish ribbons. But we are always supportive of the different ways people in every culture and community use their custom ribbons.

Wish ribbonswearing promise ribbons and brazilian wish ribbons and making your own personalized ribbons have been around for a long time. Fitas, or Bonfim Ribbons, were originally made with silk and the printing was done by hand with ink or silver. They were worn around the neck and often had medallions and holy images hung on them. Today the ribbons are worn as good luck charms and symbolize a belief in miracles both big and small.

People all over the world still celebrate this tradition, but the tradition has extended to tying the Bahia Bands onto the church gates.

Secured with three knots and traditionally known as good luck charms, these ribbons are so much more than a simple accessory. Each knot corresponds to a secret desire until the bracelet breaks. At this point, the wishes will come true.

Wishing Protocol

  • Ribbons are given as a gift and tied by a third-party.
  • Worn on the left wrist and tied with three knots, making a wish with each knot tied.
  • When the ribbon naturally breaks down and falls off, your wishes will come true.

wearing promise ribbons and brazilian wish ribbons and making your own personalized ribbons

Each ribbon color has a symbolic meaning:

Yellow – Success and Intelligence
Dark Green – Money and Growth
Light Blue – Love and Peace
Dark Blue – Health, Comfort and Fertility
Red – Strength and Passion
Hot Pink – Friendship
White – Wisdom and Inner Peace
Purple – Spirituality
Orange – Courage and Energy

Recently, these wish ribbons became a bit more popular as promise ribbons. More and more people are using this ribbon tradition in new ways!

Borrowing from the Brazilian ritual of fitas, or wish ribbons, these colorful bands are tied to a person’s wrist in three knots. On the Komen 3-Day, we tie knots to honor the past, create hope for the future and celebrate the steps we’re taking today to end breast cancer.

Some people even use wish ribbons on athletic shoes, bags and even their car for protection and safety. These ribbons serve as a reminder of your wishes and promises. They are an excellent way to recognize ethnicity and support for each other!

How To Guide: Finding Your Perfect Ribbons

Ribbons are a great enhancement for any project, event or holiday. But, how do you know which ribbon type is for you?

From weddings and other large-scale events to crafts and projects around any home, ribbons are a must to keep on hand. But, knowing which ribbons you need for each project or need may not always be an easy answer. Most ribbons are quite versatile and will work for multiple uses.finding the right ribbons for your needs events decorations and other projects

To get you pointed in the right direction for your needs, first, you must understand the differences between the types of ribbon.

finding the right ribbons for your needs events decorations and other projectsRibbon Rolls

These ribbons are probably the most versatile of the bunch. Use ribbon rolls to promote a sale or event. Decorate for a party or convention. Use as product packaging or gift wrapping. They are also perfect for floral arrangements, and the list goes on!

finding the right ribbons for your needs events decorations and other projectsClassic Ribbon

These are flat pieces of ribbon that attach to a name badge or are used as promotional materials. Badge ribbons help identify person’s role or received rewards, or just break the ice. They are perfect for conventions, meetings and other events. Imprinted and full color ribbons are great for getting the word out and for promoting a sale or event. You can also use them for a “save the date”, bookmarks, gift tags or keepsakes.

finding the right ribbons for your needs events decorations and other projectsRosette Ribbon

This extravagant ribbon is perfect for fairs, festivals, contests and other types of shows. But, they are for more than just for animal shows. They are also commonly used for recognition awards and can be used to highlight any and all accomplishments in a classroom or business setting.

Now that you know the three types of ribbon let’s explore the benefits of each type!

Ribbon Rolls

From celebrations to awards, custom ribbon rolls are extremely versatile. Customize each ribbon roll selection to meet any need by adding text or logos. Ideal for weddings or other events for decorations and floral arrangements. Add your personalized message and tie them around bags and boxes when giving gifts. They also make a great award or awareness ribbons. Customize them with your message and cut them to the length you desire and present them to be worn or displayed. The list of uses for this ribbon type is endless!

Classic Ribbon

Badge, imprinted and full color ribbon all have their benefits. Print or imprint them with information that identifies speakers and staff or an assortment of other functions of people during conferences and other meetings. They are valuable networking and marketing tools. Personalize them with custom text, a company logo or full color graphics and most any other custom need. And, all of these ribbons are great for brand recognition.

Rosette Ribbon

These are the best way to give an award to any winner or participant during an event or other function. With decorative tops and bottom streamer ribbons, these ribbons have an elegant look that will show recognition for doing well at anything. Use rosettes for awards for businesses, sporting events, educational needs, hobbies, animal shows and more.

So, when it comes to choosing the right ribbon for your needs, it’s important to know what ribbon types are available and to understand that most ribbons will work for any need!

4 Easy Ideas to Make Any Wedding Perfect

Using custom ribbons for wedding decorations favors and any other detailsPlanning a wedding?

Here are a few fun ideas to get you started or just put on the finishing touches.

Using custom ribbons for wedding decorations favors and any other detailsFlowers

Flowers and ribbons are pretty synonymous when it comes to weddings. Custom ribbon rolls are a perfect addition to any flower arrangement. Use them along with the flowers or use them as an accent. Whatever the use, make sure to customize the ribbon to match the wedding colors and theme. Add personal information such as names and dates to make the ribbons stand out.

Use custom ribbon rolls to wrap around the stems of flowers. Use these for decorations or bouquets for bridesmaids and the bride. Other ideas for ribbons with flowers can include a loop of ribbon incorporated into the boutonnieres for the groom’s men and groom. Try adding wrapping these colorful and unique ribbons around vases filled with wedding flowers for a personal touch.

Centerpieces and Decorations

From simple candle accents to more elaborate centerpieces with flowers or balloons, custom ribbons are a must for a personalized look. With tons of colors to choose from, we have something for everyone. Add unique wedding details to each custom ribbon such as names, dates and other bride and groom favorites.

And, don’t forget the decorations! From ribbon curtains at the welcome table and table runners to balloon streamers and quirky photo sharing ideas, personalized ribbons are definitely the way to go. Make this the wedding they all remember with all of your unique wedding ribbon ideas.

Using custom ribbons for wedding decorations favors and any other detailsGuest and Party Favors

Give your guests and attendees something special to take home with them. It will help them remember your special day. And, what better way to leave an impression than with personalized ribbons. Wrap ribbon rolls around small bags of goodies or a box with a special treat. Or, use other custom ribbons a bit more creatively. Use full-color classic ribbons for a fun keepsake. Add pictures or graphics to make these ribbons something special and give them to attendees, so they remember your special day.

Don’t forget the cake!

It doesn’t matter how many tiers are on the cake, what is important is that it is special to you. By adding some personalized wedding ribbon around one, two or more layers of the cake, you can bring out the special meaning of your day. Make sure to order ribbon in your wedding colors and add personalized information such as the date, names and maybe a fun phrase that means something special to both the bride and groom.

No matter what you choose, make sure the color and message for your ribbons are special enough for your day!

Pets, Prizes and Award Ribbons

personalized custom rosette award ribbons for pets events

Pets are a big part of many people’s lives.

Over the years, we’ve figured out how to celebrate not only the pet but the owner as well.

From fairs to festivals and dog shows to equestrian events, ribbons make a common appearance. Mostly given as awards for titles such as, “Best In Show,” “First Place,” and “Champion,” ribbons are a great prize to take home for any pet.

Some of the most celebrated pets are horses. Equestrian events have been around for a long time. And the awards are pretty intense. Rosette ribbons are available as stock titles or customize your own; make sure all winners are recognized for their achievement. Ribbon rolls are sure to amaze as well with the right customization.

Another popular pet is man’s best friend: our dogs! Dog owners have been collecting these prizes and ribbons for almost as long has horse owners. And, it seems like they have just as hard of time with what to do with all the winning ribbons. While some of these ribbons wind up being bookmarks, how many times do they end up in a box collecting dust?

personalized custom rosette award ribbons for pets eventsWe’ve said this before, but those ribbon wreaths are perfect for decorating or for showing off just how amazing your pet really is. Look at this wreath made from a combination of rosette ribbons and badge award ribbons! Attach these ribbons using hot glue to a pre-made wreath you can purchase at most craft stores. Pinch the badge ribbons in the middle to create a bow look and use either a twist tie or staple to keep the shape. Add as many, or as few, as you want. And, the best part of this is that no one else can ever have the same wreath! Yours will be a true one-of-a-kind creation.

So, whether it’s an obedience ribbon or a purple and gold ribbon won for “Best of Breed,” remember to show off your, and your pet’s, hard work and greatness!