Foundation Board of Trustees Now Seeking Applicants

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation Board is now accepting applications for new trustees. We invite you to download and submit an application. The deadline for sumissions is May 15. Thank you for your commitment to our mission to unite private donors and public educators for the best possible education for all students!

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The search is on! Send us your stories!

The Foundation is launching a search for the oldest surviving graduate of the Corvallis public schools. This quest is part of preparations for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2016.

“We are excited to be celebrating two decades of supporting education in our community,” said Karen MacEwan, Foundation Chair. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the members of our community that have a unique historical perspective on the tradition of excellence in our public schools.”

To be eligible, candidates must be a current Corvallis resident and have attended local schools from first grade through high school. The selectee will be invited to attend the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration breakfast on March 10, 2016 at the Corvallis Country Club, where they will be recognized.

“This is a chance to honor the strong support of public education in our community and to celebrate stories that connect the past with the present,” noted Chair MacEwan.

Early accounts of Corvallis history suggest that the first school began in 1850 in a one-room log schoolhouse near the Willamette River at the end of Washington Street. Enrollment was about 100 students. The school district now serves approximately 6,600 students at thirteen schools. Corvallis students represent more than 47 nationalities and speak 52 languages.

Candidates for the oldest graduate honor are invited to send letters to Corvallis Public Schools Foundation at 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333. You can also email Please share your name, contact information, the year you graduated. We encourage you to share stories with us from your school days as well!



Young donor contributes to Garfield library

Isabella Chaney, Corvallis High School class of 2015, donated 13 hardcover, nonfiction Spanish books to the Garfield School library this fall. This gift pushes Garfield closer to its goal of providing Spanish and English literature in equal measure in its dual language library.

Isabella chose to contribute to the Garfield library as part of earning her bilingual diploma seal last spring. Students pursuing the bilingual seal volunteer with organizations that serve local Spanish speaking communities and shadow a professional who uses Spanish. Isabella collected used English books from friends and family, sold them at a used book store, and used funds to purchase the Spanish books.

Isabella is now a student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Thank you for your creativity and commitment, Isabella!

Midge Mueller Fund Inaugurated

The Foundation announced the inauguration of the Midge Mueller Fund today, established to help students who need assistance in math education in middle schools in Corvallis.

The endowment is a gift from Richard L. Mueller in memory of his wife, Midge Mueller, a former Cheldelin math teacher.

“Midge loved teaching middle school students,” recalled Mr. Mueller. “She thought they were at a great in-between age where they had become really interesting and yet still thought she was interesting.”

The Midge Mueller Fund was established with an initial gift of approximately $50,000. Five percent of funds will be disbursed to middle schools annually to support math tutoring and other programs to keep students from falling behind in math. Preference will be given to areas where recipients have established financial need.

“It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Mueller and his family to establish the Midge Mueller Fund,” said Foundation Executive Director Liv Gifford. “The Mueller family’s commitment to Corvallis kids is inspirational.”

New leadership at the Foundation

We are pleased to share that Liv Gifford has been hired as the new Executive Director of CPSF. Former director Brenda Downum-VanDevelder left that post in June to accept a new position with the Corvallis School District.  Ms. Gifford’s experience includes research and evaluation, strategic planning, and fundraising through grant writing and developing donor relationships.

“We are extremely excited to have Liv join the Foundation,” said Dr. Karen MacEwan, chair of the CPSF Board of Trustees. “With her deep passion for public education and years of experience in non-profit development and fundraising, she will continue to advance our mission to unite private donors with public education to provide the best possible education for Corvallis students.”

Welcome Liv!

Graduate All Night Party- thank you volunteers and donors!

The Graduate All Night Party planning committee will be shifting into high gear in April. This year, more than 600 seniors at Corvallis High and Crescent Valley High are making their way towards high school graduation on June 8, 2015. The Graduate All Nigh Party is a safe, fun, and sober celebration for all high school graduates from Corvallis public high schools. We sincerely thank all volunteers and donors for your support. Businesses contributing $250+ include the following: Rick Gerber, Magician, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Barker Uerlings Insurance,  Hollingsworth and Vose Company (formerly Evanite Corp.), Chipotle, Dutch Brothers Coffee, Le Patisserie, and Pepsi of Corvallis. Dozens of individuals and area businesses have also contributed to make this special event possible. Donations and volunteers are still needed. Contact GANP organizers to get involved. Thank you!

Spring celebration of student artists

The community is invited to view student artwork at the Learn.Imagine.Create. District-wide art exhibit at the Guistina Gallery, located in the LaSells Stewart Center at OSU. Representing all 509J schools and more than 250 student artists, this collection will be displayed from February 27 through March 10.  An artist reception will be hosted by the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation on Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Art education in Corvallis schools is supported through general funds, parent fundraising activities, private donations, the CPSF Learning Enrichment Grants program, and through the Zel Brook Art Project Endowed Fund. Additional community support has been provided by the Benton County Cultural Coalition, Umpqua Bank Community Grants Program, and The Arts Center, Artist-in-Residence program. We appreciate your generous support!

So long Spring for Kids

After 10 years, we are bidding a fond farewell to the Spring for Kids run and walk held annually in the (typically) rainy month of March. We are grateful to participants, volunteers, and sponsors for their decade of support. Special thanks to community parent and volunteer Cathy Peters and founding sponsor Carol Lee Woodstock for championing Spring for Kids from day one!

Woodstock's Spring for Kids Run 2010

This event has been a primary fundraiser for the Foundation’s classroom grants program and our goal is to re-imagine a new fundraising event that will involve more participants from our schools and community and raise even more funds to support Corvallis students.

In the early years, Spring for Kids was one of only a handful of fun runs held in the spring.Discussions began last summer for a new event and details will be announced as those plans are finalized.

Learning Enrichment Grants to benefit ten Corvallis schools

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation is pleased to announce 14 grants awarded to educators through the Learning Enrichment Grants for pilot programs, equipment, supplies or school programs. Examples of this year’s funded grants include classroom enhancements and equipment, a shared set of risers for elementary school choral performances, and a peer to peer learning project with a sister school in Kenya in partnership with OSU researchers and the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory ( Congratulations to this year’s 2014-15 Grant recipients!

The CPSF Learning Enrichment Grants are supported by individual donors and endowed funds including the Barbara E. Fry Fund, the Doris L. Myers Fund, and the Zel Brook Art Project Fund.


Learning Enrichment Grant applications for educators available this week!

We are happy to announce this grant opportunity for 509J teaching staff this fall. Grant applications are due by midnight, November 11, 2014. CPSF is committed to supporting our educators to engage students in classroom projects and school programs that foster stronger connections with school, student collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and hands-on projects. Grant applications must be pre-approved by your building administrator and are reviewed and selected by the Grants Committee, comprised of members of the CPSF Board of Trustees. Grant awards will be announced in late November.

Please read the guidelines and contact Foundation staff if you have any questions about eligible projects. Grant applications will be e-mailed to all teaching staff on October 24 and must be submitted via e-mail using the grants form. Grant funding criteria have been updated, please review our guidelines before submitting a grant this year. Learning Enrichment Grants guidelines for applicants