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Foundation awards local grants

The North Wasco County School District 21 Education Foundation recently awarded a number of grants to local teachers.

These grants provide the little “extras” that allow for staff to do special projects or learning activities with their students. Grants were awarded as follows:

• $440 to Jim Tindall for upgrading the Lexile Reader program district-wide. The program allows students to choose books at their reading level.

• $300 to Tegner Weiseth at TDWHS for a classroom set of “The Immortal life of Henrietta Hicks,” for use in AP Biology.

• $250 to Michael Collins, speech instructor, to run a bicycle repair shop with his students.

• $417.50 to Lou Lyon, special education teacher at TDMS, to support a field trip for her students to the Maryhill Museum of Art.

• $375 to Steve Chance, fifth grade teacher at Colonel Wright, to support the SECRETS science ecology program for his students.

• $590 to Judy Peppel, reading teacher at TDWHS, to pay for a celebration of success for students that pass the state reading test.

• $1,000 to Tina Cramer, kindergarten teacher at CES, to support a mosaic art project at Chenowith Elementary.

• $498 to Mary Reynolds and Joy Ashbaugh, kindergarten teachers at Colonel Wright, for materials for a student writing center.

• $969 to Jessica Gehrig, third grade teacher at Chenowith Elementary School, for the purchase of three mini-iPads.

• $2,000 to Nick Nelson, principal of TDWHS

Total awards for this year are $6,839.50.

The teacher grants program started in fall 2012, with the award of two grants. The foundation hopes to be able to grow the program to better support the innovative learning experiences the teachers in local schools want to create.

“The quality of public schools is a key factor in the social and economic health of a small community, Brian Goodwin, administrator.

For more information, contact Goodwin at (541) 288-6861 or goodwinb


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