Welcome

Jan 2017 – College and Career Day returns to Columbia High School, thanks to a $2,900 grant from Umpqua Bank. For the first time in over a decade, CHS students will participate in a school-based event this spring. Students will attend career presentations, speak with college representatives, and engage in workshops to help them in their post-graduation life. Pictured from left to right: Amanda McDonald, Umpqua Lead Associate; Barbara Cosner, Umpqua Bank Manager; Jenny Hallead, CHS Counselor; Leigh Hancock, WSVEF grant writer; and Anne-Marie Slater, WSVEF Exec. Director. Photo courtesy of Michelle Scott, The Enterprise.

Welcome to the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation – where our public schools are our priority. We live in a community that has a long history of supporting and valuing public education.  We are a source of funding for enhancement, modernization and innovation in White Salmon Schools.  Every year we are able to offer at least $40,000 to all of three schools via two grant cycles.  With many volunteer opportunities available within our organization, you can help us continue to grow and sustain this beneficial funding source. With government budgets not fully covering the costs of education, it becomes even more important that our community steps up to help make our schools the schools we want them to be. And we are!

Snowden Wetlands – Henkle 8th Graders really get into it counting amphibians and egg masses in a wetland area 15 miles away from the school. A generous $2,000 grant from the Charlotte Martin Foundation in Spring 2016 allowed this project to continue.  Thank you!

The Foundation was founded in April 2006 out of the belief that we could call on the community to help our schools enhance the quality of instruction by targeting funds to pay for high-quality educational materials, experiences and professional development.

Our granting process is guided by an evaluation matrix that encourages programs that emphasize project-based learning, and the use of technology as an instructional tool. It also encourages projects that engage students at all academic levels and learning styles in meaningful problem solving and teamwork, and encourages the integration of community volunteers/mentors who can bring real life connections to learning experiences.  Donate and volunteer today!

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3rd Graders at Whitson solving math problems together on the new iPads. Funded by a WSVEF grant Spring 2012.