1988 to 2018 – 30 Years Supporting K-12 Education

It all began in 1988 when our first board, comprised of local business and community leaders, recognized the need to support our public schools and worked to donate $4,420 to educational and activity programs to our public schools. Today, through continued hard work and because of the generosity of our supporters, the impact of the Education Foundation to improve the quality of education and enhance the learning and extra-curricular activities of our students in Bend, La Pine & Sunriver has grown substantially.

With gratitude we honor our founding board members. Without their vision and tireless work our support of the K-12 educational community in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver would not be possible these past 30 years.
Craig Moore, President
Kathy Hoffman, Vice President
Sen. Neil Bryant, Legal Counsel
Liz Main, Secretary
Linda Huston, Treasurer
Board of Directors: Keith Battleson, Don Bauhofer, Bob Bristol, Carol Carter, Fred Cartmill, Sherry Curl, Gary Fiebick, Cathy Grogan, Jim Jarvis, Art Johnson, Becky Johnson, Brenda Kinkaid, Ray Lakey, Patti Moss, Larry Patterson, Jim Prosser, Gordon Robberson, Vicki Russell, Clella Thomas, Jeff Timm, Jean Tonsfeldt, Maria Wattier and Candy Williamson.

We provide resources and support to educators, with priority given to District identified high-need schools, to engage and better prepare students for the demands of college and today’s job market. Although we continue to have unfunded or partially funded classroom grant requests, our efforts focus on fulfilling our mission and creating impact in our public schools – just as it was in 1988. Without our committed board members and wonderful supporters and donors, the work of the Foundation in enhancing educational and extra-curricular activities would not be possible. THANK YOU.

$89,000 for innovative STEM, Art, Music & Wellness Classroom Grants 2018-2019
$36,000 for Activity Fee Scholarships for at risk middle & high school students 2017-2018
$28,000 for Perseverance Awards for graduating students 2018-2019
$10,000 for Latino Scholarships for graduating students 2018-2019

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!