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Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools Receives $3,000 from D.A. Davidson & Co. for Latinx Scholarships Program

Executive Director, Michelle Johnson accepting D.A. Davidson and Co.’s donation from Steve Lelli, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Branch Manager

BEND, OREGON Aug 5, 2019 – The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools received a generous $3,000 donation from D.A. Davidson & Co. for its’ Latinx Scholarship program. The Education Foundation, in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Central Oregon Latino Partnership Program, proudly awarded $18,000 in scholarships to 19 graduating Latinx students at Bend, La Pine, Mt. View and Summit high schools this academic year. The generous donation from D.A. Davidson & Co. made additional scholarships possible for the 2nd year of the Latinx Scholarship program.

Steve Lelli, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Branch Manager at D.A. Davidson & Co., says, “We are proud to continue to support the Education Foundation. Together we are helping create a lasting impression on the lives of Central Oregon students.”

For the past 30 years, the Education Foundation has focused on creating equitable opportunities for students through its programs: 1) innovative Classroom Grants focusing on STEM, art, music & wellness, 2) needs-based Activity Fee support for middle and high school students served under Free and Reduced Meals to participate in athletics, and, 3) Perseverance Award and Latinx Scholarships. For more details about this program and the work of the Education Foundation, contact the Education Foundation at (541) 355-5660 or visit the website at www.engagedminds.org.

About the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools
The Education Foundation, founded in 1988, prepares District students for success and future through exceptional educational and extracurricular activities.

Christy Walker, left and Michelle Johnson, right presenting Mt. View High School Scholarship Recipients (not all recipients pictured)
Bend High School Latinx Scholarship Recipients
La Pine High School Scholarship Recipient Jose Guilien receiving his scholarship from Evelia Sandoval, C.O. Latino Partnership Program coordinator and Michelle Johnson, Education Foundation Executive Director
Summit High School Scholarship Recipients and Evelia Sandoval, C.O. Latino Partnership Program coordinator

Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools Receives $3,000 from US Bank Foundation for Classroom Grants

Executive Director, Michelle Johnson accepting US Bank Foundation’s donation from Sherry Jones, US Bank and Jim Boss, US Bank.

BEND, OREGON July 11, 2019 – The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools received a generous $3,000 grant from the US Bank Foundation towards arts and wellness classroom grants for the 2019-2020 school year. “We are so thankful for the continued support of US Bank towards art and wellness requests within our classroom grants program. Business support is vital to funding innovative programs that prepare our students in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver to be future ready.” said Michelle Johnson, Executive Director.

The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools awarded over $70,000 in classroom grants to public schools in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver, for use during the 2019-2020 school year. Priority of awards is given to high-need district schools and is based on merit of the request and available funding. Over the past decade, the Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million into our public schools – positively impacting students in Bend, La Pine, and Sunriver.

“Art and Wellness Programs are such an important part to the learning success of our children in the community! It is U.S. Banks pleasure to award The Education Foundation for Bend – La Pine School District, $3,000.00 to continue this important program”. Sherry Jones – District Manager.

The Education Foundation, founded in 1988, prepares District students for success and future through exceptional educational and extracurricular activities. The Foundation’s work affects the greater population of 18,400+ students and over 2000 educators and staff equitably within the Bend-La Pine school district. To donate, or find out more about the Education Foundation, contact Michelle Johnson, Executive Director, (541) 355-5660, www.engagedminds.org or email us at education.foundation@bend.k12.or.us

Education Foundation Receives $5,000 from Pacific Power Foundation for Classroom Grants

 

Executive Director, Michelle Johnson accepting Pacific Power Foundation’s donation from Matt Chancellor, Pacific Power.

BEND, OREGON July 9, 2019 – The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools received a generous $5,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation towards STEM classroom grants for the 2019-2020 school year. “The Pacific Power Foundation is committed to strengthening the vitality of communities through grants like this, and we appreciate the Education Foundation’s commitment to recognize our support in the community,” said Matt Chancellor, Regional Business Manager for Pacific Power. The mission of the Pacific Power Foundation is to support the growth and vitality of the communities Pacific Power serves.

The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools awarded over $70,000 for 42 classroom grants to public schools in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver, for use during the upcoming academic school year. Priority of awards is given to high-need district schools and is based on merit of the request and available funding. Over the past decade, the Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million into our public schools – positively impacting students in Bend, La Pine, and Sunriver.

The Education Foundation, founded in 1988, prepares District students for success and future through exceptional educational and extracurricular activities. The Foundation’s work affects the greater population of 18,400+ students and over 2000 educators and staff equitably within the Bend-La Pine school district. To donate, or find out more about the Education Foundation, contact Michelle Johnson, Executive Director, (541) 355-5660, www.engagedminds.org or email us at education.foundation@bend.k12.or.us

Education Foundation awards Latinx Scholarships to Area Students

BEND, OREGON June 27, 2019 – Nineteen graduating Latinx students from Bend and La Pine received scholarships through a collaboration with the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools, the Oregon Community and the C.O. Latino Partnership Program this past June. The scholarships were also made possible by a generous donation from the B.E. Knudson Foundation and D.A. Davidson & Co. In 2018, first year of the program, ten scholarships were awarded.

Cheryl Puddy, Program Officer for the Oregon Community Foundation’s Bend office says, “A big thank you to local OCF and Bend community donors who provided funding and to our partnership with the Education Foundation. Together we are helping create a lasting impression on the lives of Central Oregonian students.” Students receive scholarship funds that can be applied to higher education or trade school plans. Priority is given to students who have participated in the Avanza, Ganas or Junto programs through COCC during their high school year.

“I am the first in my family to ever receive an education. As a child of immigrants, I have experienced the hardships of language, education and financial barriers and I currently work two jobs. My parents always emphasize the importance of education. Community resources such as Avanza and Ganas have helped me to continue and I am grateful. I would like to return the favor by helping other families and children achieve success and a healthy life.” stated one Bend High Latinx Scholarship recipient. Most of the students are the first in their family to attend higher education, with many of them working while attending high school. “We are honored to present the scholarships to our graduating Latinx seniors, almost doubling the amount provided last year, and to support their educational or career dreams and aspirations. This is the only local Latinx scholarship opportunity available. Without the generosity of our donors, this would not be possible “said Michelle Johnson, Executive Director.

The Education Foundation has invested over $1.5 million in financial support to the Bend-La Pine and Sunriver K-12 educational community over the past 30 years for the benefit of over 18,300 students and 2000 educators. For more details about this scholarship program and the work of the Education Foundation, contact us at (541) 355-5660 or visit the website at www.engagedminds.org.

About the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools

The Education Foundation, founded in 1988, prepares District students for success and future through exceptional educational and extracurricular activities.

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!