It Takes a Village…

The term “It takes a village” is a proverb that leverages the cultural context and belief that it takes an entire community to raise a child. A child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child. The Education Foundation Board is a group of highly dedicated community citizens who exemplify this proverb by supporting our “village”. Without their commitment, dedication and willingness to serve, much of what we do would not be possible. Thank you!

Local education funding took a critical turn in 1990 with Oregon’s landmark Measure 5. Property taxes dedicated to local schools were capped and gradually lowered by this legislation. Funding was no longer controlled by local districts. Similar changes in tax structure have been implemented in many other states. In 1988, The School Foundation, Inc. was formed by concerned Bend community and educational leaders. In 2002, the name of the Foundation was changed to The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools.

To read more about the May 2017 School Bond measure that was passed with tremendous support from the Bend community, click here.

EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM A COMMUNITY THAT PUTS EDUCATION FIRST. To everyone in our village, we thank you. We believe engaged minds lead to bright futures. Without you, this would not be possible. Thank you!

2017-2018 Grant Recipients

2017.18 Classroom Grants Award list

Congratulations to all the 2017-2018 Teacher Grant Recipients! We awarded over $54,000 in innovative classroom grants to teachers in the Bend-La Pine School District! We are excited to see all these amazing grants in action in the next school year!