Charlotte Van Valkenburg Memorial Robotics Fund
The Education Foundation, along with Brooks Resources Corporation and the Van Valkenburg family have established a memorial fund to honor Charlotte Van Valkenburg, who passed away in a September 2019 car accident. The Charlotte Van Valkenburg Memorial Robotics Fund will provide financial assistance to high school robotics teams/clubs/programs throughout Central Oregon and the tri-counties.
As the head coach of the Summit High School Robotics Team, Chaos Theory, Charlotte motivated, inspired and supported many young minds, taking them to the World Robotics Championships the last three years. She pushed the program to new heights, growing participation and diversity in the club and supported other robotics programs throughout Central Oregon. For her dedication and enthusiasm, she received the Pacific Northwest Robotics Coach of the Year award earlier this year.
“One of Charlotte’s passions was helping kids achieve goals through robotics club challenges and competitions,” says her husband, Dale Van Valkenburg, Director of Planning & Development for Brooks Resources. “Robotics clubs throughout the region face financial barriers which was one of the issues Charlotte was passionate about solving. She would be so proud and honored to see this fund supporting programs that teaches students so many vital, lifelong skills.”
As a founding sponsor, Brooks Resources has contributed $10,000 to establish the fund. The fund will be managed by the Education Foundation and funding requests will be made via an application process with decisions made by a funding committee established by the family. If you are interested in donating to help grow and sustain the fund, visit the Education Foundation’s website and select the Charlotte Van Valkenburg Memorial Robotics Fund in the drop-down Fund menu. Central Oregon and tri-county high school robotics teams and programs are invited to apply for funding.