The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) is awarding six new grants for a variety of programs in White Salmon schools that will benefit students' learning.
The grants include purchases to support technology, literacy, music, visual /performing arts and professional development. These six grants total more than $20,000 to the schools.
"Funding from the Education Foundation comes at a critical time. The budget for this current school year includes $603,000 in cuts over last year's budget, due to declining revenue from the State of Washington and other sources," said Superintendent Jerry Lewis. "While the Education Foundation cannot make up for these losses, their funding is helping to meet important needs within our district."
The grants will purchase durable new equipment including a new teaching tool called a "white board," books, recorders and marimbas, art education resources, and audio and lighting equipment for the performing arts.
The new grants will also fund training and collaboration for second grade teachers in the use of technology and "Visual Thinking Strategies" for two art teachers.
Each grant must have a strong long-term benefit in order to be funded by the Education Foundation.
"There is a small amount of money and at least half of the funding request must be for investments that will benefit many students over many years," said WSVEF President Anne-Marie Slater. "These are exciting, well thought-out programs that will benefit our community's children for years to come."
In this current funding cycle, the WSVEF received seven applications totaling more than $25,000 in requests.
The Foundation has been able to grant $165,000 to the three schools in the White Salmon Valley School District over the past three and a half years.
The Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that works with the school district to support and complement existing, district-led initiatives in local schools.
Programs funded are those that will enrich school curriculum and elective offerings; support staff development; and create education, business and community partnerships.
Information about the Education Foundation can be found at www.wsvef.org or by calling 493-1175.