We are proud to grant $85,000 to schools this fall to support enrichment, literacy, and students navigating poverty and homelessness.
Enrichment funds will launch or sustain an array of innovative projects and programs. Major areas include $22,000 for literacy and the arts, $14,000 for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), $13,000 for health and wellness, and $14,000 for service learning, sustainability, college and career readiness, and global awareness. See the complete list of Learning Enrichment Grants here.
An $11,000 literacy grant will fund a librarian to travel to the Guadalajara International Book Fair and purchase Spanish books for the dual-language immersion schools – Lincoln, Garfield, Linus Pauling, and Corvallis High School. This book fair is one of the most important publishing gatherings and the second largest book fair in the world and offers an opportunity to access materials in Spanish that are not available for libraries to purchase in any other way.
In addition to enrichment grants, the Foundation is granting $22,000 to assist students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch or who are experiencing homelessness. These funds provide support for supplemental food, health and hygiene supplies, tutoring, clothing, emergency transportation, and other resources to facilitate full participation in school.
“We are pleased to direct resources toward areas that are making a real difference for students,” said Foundation Chair Mike Sheets. “These funds give our educators a wonderful chance to think outside the box to enhance learning and engage hard-to-reach kids.”