A Note of Appreciation

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation would like to thank the many educators who have been hard at work this summer offering supplemental programming to students across our school district.

At the high school level nearly 100 students recovered missing credits critical to graduation; emerging bilingual students practiced English vocabulary; and freshman AVID cohorts gathered for a “boot camp” to hone their study skills. Incoming sixth graders brushed up on their math facts (for three hours a day!). Small groups of primary school students received math and literacy instruction, and kindergarten teams prepared to nurture students’ social and emotional success through a Kindergarten Academy.

Even as weather-related make-up days shortened summer break by a week, teachers of summer programs dove in early to ensure that students return to school confident and prepared this fall. We appreciate their efforts.

None of these programs would have been possible without the generosity of the community. We owe our thanks to Starker Forests, Hewlett-Packard, Duerksen and Associates, Town and Country Realty, Pacific Power, INTO Oregon State University, Barker Uerlings Insurance, CH2M Hill, Citizens Bank, Corvallis Radiology, Samaritan Health Services, Oregon State Credit Union, The Corvallis Clinic, L&M Welding, Edward Jones, Stover Neyhart Yee and Co., and various individual donors for making these opportunities available to 509J students.

This is the fifth year that local businesses and individuals have supported K-12 academic opportunities during the summer. The impact of their investment is evident in rising graduation rates.

As one educator put it, “It is our hope that these students return to school this fall with a positive “I can” in their hearts!” We wholeheartedly agree.

Anissa Arthenayake, Board Chair and Liv Gifford, Executive Director