Spring News – $20K in Grants, and Board Changes

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$20k in Grants, and Board Changes

Spring has been a busy season at the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF).  The Foundation recently announced grants awarded to the White Salmon Valley School District totaling $20,000, as well as a changing of the executive guard.

The WSVEF Board funded three grant requests totaling $20,000. The largest award, $15,500, goes to Whitson Elementary School for the Guided Language Acquisition Design, or “GLAD” Program, a teaching method which officials say will be implemented school-wide.    It’s designed to increase student engagement through specific strategies that make complex content more comprehensible for all students.  Teachers at Whitson have varying levels of GLAD training already. The funds cover professional development to solidify the base of knowledge for ten teachers.  “These strategies can be used in all subject areas and for students of all academic levels,” said Whitson Principal Todd McCauley.  “This investment into teacher professional development will make a real difference in learning.”

The Board also approved $3,600 to go towards the purchase of interactive projectors for the seventh and eighth grade math classes at Henkle Middle School.  Teachers say the projectors will help increase student engagement and math understanding and allow instructors to fully utilize the new math curriculums, which include materials to be used in interactive projectors.

Additionally, $900 will go to Henkle Middle School to fund storage shelves and bins in the Robotics Classroom to organize the hundreds of pieces and parts used in construction of the robotics devices.

The Grant Review Committee is comprised of one WSVEF Board Member, two teachers, and two community members.

Meantime, Executive Level elections took place at the WSVEF’s recent annual meeting.  Matt Hanson, who has served a number of years as Board Treasurer, moved up to the President’s seat.  Dawn Hulbert moved to Vice President.  Anne Stringer becomes the new Treasurer, and Kirsten Dennis is the new Secretary.  Jason Spadaro wrapped up a three-year stint as President, and moves to the position of Past-President.  Erin Black, Jill Vacek and Jeremy Denny round out the board.

“I hope to build on an already great relationship between the Foundation, our schools and our community,” said newly-installed Board President Hanson.  “Having children in three of the four White Salmon schools, I am able to see first-hand how the Foundation has been able to enhance the efforts put forward by the incredible faculty and staff of our district.  This would not be possible without the generosity and support from our community.”

That community generosity and support has made possible the more than $2.1 million dollars in contributions the WSVEF has garnered and granted over the last ten years to local schools.

The Board also bid a fond farewell to Founding Member and Vice-President Kate Stevenson, who stepped down after a decade of involvement.  “Kate has been an invaluable and integral part of the Ed Foundation since the very beginning,” said Executive Director Anne-Marie Slater.  “ Her numerous contributions as Treasurer, Vice President and board member have played an important role in our success.  Her support has strengthened our organizational structure, our fiscal integrity and our fundraising success. We thank her for her many years of service that have greatly benefited our schools and the WSVEF.” Kate will remain an advisor to the Board and Finance Committee.      

The WSVEF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education within our community by creating a stable source of supplemental funding for curriculum enhancement and investment in our teachers.  At least 25% of every donation goes to the WSVEF’s endowment fund, which will allow for continued grant funding into the future.  For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.wsvef.org or call (509)493-1175. 


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