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School Grant Deadline Nears

Heads up, educators!

Educators have until Tuesday, June 21, to submit grant applications to the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF).

The foundation will be granting $20,000 to successful applicants in time for the 2011/2012 school year. And the process is now easier than before.

"Thanks to feedback from teachers and administrators who've participated in the past, we've been able to significantly streamline and simplify the grant process," said Peggy Neuman, Chair of the WSVEF Grant Committee.

View the application at www.wsvef.org/grants, and obtain copies to fill out from any school principal or district superintendent Dr. Jerry Lewis.

All grants must benefit education in the White Salmon Valley School District..

The WSVEF has funded two dozen programs since 2006, to the tune of approximately $234,000.

Neuman said, "One of the most visible -- and one that's garnered lots of community support and mentors -- has been the electric car program at Columbia High School."

Students work with local experts to apply principles of geometry, algebra, trigonometry, physics and chemistry to design, build and race electric cars in the Electrathon America Racing Series.

The "Boys Leadership Group" at Henkle Middle School was another program which received a WSVEF grant in the 2010/2011 school year. The goal of the program is to train some of our future leaders. Community men mentor the boys, teaching and demonstrating through experiential learning the qualities that comprise strong character. In turn, the boys use the experience to perform school and community service, and mentor younger boys in their own school.

The WSVEF will have a second $20,000 round of grant funding later this year, with the application deadline for that cycle in October.

For questions about the application, process, or project/program eligibility, call the Education Foundation at 493-8322, or e-mail grants@wsvef.org

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