Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 26th and come together to “pig out” for White Salmon’s schools at a fundraising pig roast in Rheingarten Park.

Come celebrate the end of the summer season and the start of school with the White Salmon Valley E

Members from Columbia High’s Football Team will be on hand to host games, and Tony Smiley will keep your toes tapping with live music.

The festivities run from 4:00-8:00pm, and no advance purchase is necessary. Volunteers are still needed. Please e-mail info@wsvef.org or call 541-490-3466 if you’re interested in helping out or donating.   All proceeds go the WSVEF to benefit local schools.

“Pig Out” food and beverages are being donated by community partners including Hennis, Harvest Market, McCoy Holliston and Everybody’s Brewing.  Thank you also to Chips, Rapid Ready Mix, Feast, White Salmon Baking Co, Yoga Samadhi, Inn of the White Salmon, Bishops Sanitation, Republic Services and Insitu for their generous support.

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Grant Results December 2016

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$5,000 Gift –  SDS Lumber Buys Safety Equipment

The Columbia HS Material Science and Construction program is breathing a sigh of relief. In a recent effort to upgrade basic tools in the shop, one particular item was in dire need. John Hadley, CHS Instructor, requested $5,000 from the WSVEF to defray the costs of a saw stop, which is an industrial-grade cabinet saw with a safety system that stops on contact with human skin. There have not been any serious accidents and we want to keep it that way.

The WSVEF had more grant requests than funds in this recent cycle and working with SDS Lumber was a natural fit. Jason Spadaro, President, understood the need for safety and the overall goal to help prepare students for well-paying careers in high-demand local industries.  SDS gifted the $5,000 through the Ed Foundation to the program.

Program and grant request details:

“Currently, our more advanced students are using computer-assisted manufacturing programs like Sketchup and Autocad to undertake and plan more complex projects than ever before.  They are using our newly acquired CNC router, Laser CAM and 3-D printing to accomplish projects that would have been near-impossible five years ago. In the process students are developing real-world skills and a deeper understanding of materials science, engineering and computer applications.”

“We would like to extend this work program-wide by adding and replacing certain equipment, developing our fabrication curriculum and receiving teacher training through an externship. Our metalworking program needs a ten-gauge brake, metal lathes, and a MIG welder to increase the range of what our students can accomplish and to improve work flow and efficiency in our metal shop. With this new equipment, our students can acquire skills that prepare them for work as high-tech fabricators, technicians, and millwrights.” 

“Likewise, our Materials Science and Construction program needs to upgrade several antiquated pieces of equipment, including a drill-press, helical head jointer, saw stop and band saw for efficiency and student safety. Upgrading these machines to industry-standard will also prepare our students for real world careers in construction, fabrication and manufacturing. The addition of an industry-level Laser CAM that can be used with the CNC router and other production machines will give students the opportunity to take their skills to a higher, more competitive level.” 

“Through this program, students will engage in diverse learning opportunities that promote critical thinking and utilization of 21st century technology. They will learn to solve problems and build high-quality products.  They will practice critical “soft” skills such as time management, collaboration and persistence skills. We will continue to require students to work both collaboratively and independently; advanced students will mentor the beginners.”

Thankfully a funder was found for the saw stop and the students are in a safer environment. Thank you SDS Lumber! There are still needs. The WSVEF is working with our community to provide a community of kids with a world of opportunity. Make a donation today!

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Seeking New Executive Director

Happy January snows to you all! The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation is growing and evolving. We are looking for a passionate and skilled person to help take the WSVEF into the next decade. We have a strong history of benefit to White Salmon schools, having facilitated over $2.2 million into our district since 2006.  Help us to keep working to provide a community of kids with a world of opportunity!

Below you will find the Executive Director job posting. Please share with anyone and everyone in your personal and professional network that you think may be a great fit for this position! Inquiries can be directed to Anne-Marie Slater at info@wsvef.org.

 Executive Director, White Salmon Valley Education Foundation

The White Salmon Valley Education foundation is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the educational opportunities for students in the White Salmon Valley public schools.  Over the last ten years, through local fundraising efforts and grants secured from outside organizations, the WSVEF foundation raised over 2 million dollars for our schools.  Each fall and spring, the foundation awards $20,000 in grant funding to support innovative programs that build 21st century skills and connect students with real world experiences, promote technology as a modern instructional tool, and provide educators with opportunities for professional development.

The WSVEF is seeking a part time (20 hours per week) Executive Director to execute the mission and strategic plan of the foundation, as determined by the Board of Directors, including overseeing administrative functions, fund raising efforts, marketing, volunteers, and community outreach. This position is well suited for a highly organized self-starter with excellent administrative, fundraising and communication skills. If you are detail oriented and like to work with people, are passionate about education, have strong verbal and written communication skills, and can multitask and manage your time, this is an excellent opportunity to lead a successful grass roots educational non-profit as we move into our second decade.  The White Salmon community has a long history of supporting and valuing public education and the WSVEF is committed to maintaining our positive collaboration with the school district and the community to secure funding sources that will enhance educational opportunities for all of our students.

Essential Job Functions:

Organizational Governance: work closely with the Board of Directors and committees to develop and execute the mission and strategic plan, communicate effectively with the Board through meetings and presentations, assist with identifying organizational priorities, needs and opportunities and ensure Foundation goals are met.

  • Administrative Operations: work with the Board treasurer, bookkeeper and financial manager to monitor foundation endowment, budget and expenses, track grant awards and invoices, manage grant review and award process, work with legal counsel to prepare and file all necessary legal filings, handle mail, bank deposits, and donor communication, prepare agendas and notes for Board and sub-committee meetings.
  • Fundraising: oversee fundraising planning and implementation, including large fundraising events, cultivate and maintain relationships with donors and sponsors, identify new fund raising opportunities, support grant writing efforts, develop and implement a marketing and messaging plan, use a variety of media to communicate with donors and potential funding sources.
  • Community Outreach: represent the organization to school administrators, teachers, families, students, donors, businesses, and the community at large with professionalism and positivity, actively recruit volunteers and board members, share the mission, vision, goals and accomplishments of the foundation through social and news media, presentations, videos, press releases, newsletters and the WSVEF website.

Key Applicant Attributes:

  • Educational Knowledge-Understand local educational needs, concerns, standards and goals. Monitor educational research, legislative updates, and best practices and use this knowledge to direct the mission of the organization.
  • Leadership and Management Skills- Ability to lead by example, set clear expectations, facilitate groups and monitor organizational performance. 
  • Effective Communication-Ability to clearly articulate information through media presentations, written reports, emails, conversations and documentation to others within and outside the organization.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making-Ability to identify problems, compile information to solve them, act decisively and show good judgment.
  • Organizing and Planning– Possess strong organizing and planning skills, manage time, effectively prioritize multiple tasks to maximize efficiency and productivity.
  • Results Orientation-Ability to maintain focus on short and long term goals, value outcomes and produce results.
  • Team Player– Ability to effectively work with other members of the organization and understand the role of the Executive Director within the larger non-profit organizational structure.
  • Initiative- Ability to be proactive and make things happen, take personal responsibility to act without being directly managed on a day to day basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, education, or related field.
  • 3-5 years in a leadership role in operational management with an education focused organization.
  • Experience in strategic planning, financial management, fundraising, grant writing and marketing preferred.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively and maintain credibility within and outside the organization.
  • Strong writing, organizational and communication skills.
  • High level of proficiency with technology, including Microsoft Office programs.
  • Physical activities can include standing, walking, lifting, pushing or carrying heavy objects, sitting for long periods of time, keyboarding, and other computer and desk work.

To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and resume to info@wsvef.org. Please format all responses in Microsoft Word.

Thank you for your consideration and application. Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

  • Location: White Salmon, WA
  • Compensation: DOE. White Salmon Valley Education Foundation offers competitive wages and benefits.
  • The White Salmon Valley Education is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.
  • Principals only. Recruiters please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job.
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
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Umpqua Bank Supports Career Day

Columbia High School will be hosting a Career and College Day again. Over 375 students will benefit from the information and inspiration that a day like this provides.  

A big “Thank You!” to Umpqua Bank for $2,900 to support the development of Career Day in our schools. We are so happy to receive this grant. We look forward to working with Umpqua Bank and our schools to bring a view of the future to our students. Not only will it help to pay for a coordinator to generate a plan for this year but it will also help support the opportunity in the following school year. It’s been over 10 years since our schools were able to hold a Career Day. With all of the changes and government initiatives, teachers have had to focus in on their duties, not wear so many other hats. Career Day will be available to students Grade 8 – 12. 

The day will begin with a keynote speaker, who will encourage all students to work hard to maximize their skills and achieve their dreams. This will be followed by a half day of workshops, presentations and college/career information designed to help students learn about career and college opportunities–and what they need to do to pursue them. Details to come.

Three cheers to the team – Columbia HS principal Craig McKee, CHS counselor Jenny Hallead and Leigh Hancock, WSVEF grant writer – for their collaboration and planning. We’ve built a solid relationship and we are reaping the rewards for our students.  Another huge THANK YOU to Umpqua Bank for this beneficial community partnership. And to you, our donors, you helped to fund the grant writer to apply for this grant. We’re successful together!

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Grape Escape 2016 – Success for Schools!

Thank you…  To the 220+ generous and dedicated people who took part in the WSVEF’s 10th Anniversary Gorge Grape Escape!   The entertaining evening raised more than $99,000 to benefit education in the White Salmon Schools!

Revelers and supporters turned out to the Best Western Hood River Inn where they enjoyed libations from AniChe, Maryhill and Syncline wineries, and Everybody’s Brewing.  Cheers rang out from the games, while students from the Columbia High School Jazz Band entertained attendees with outstanding live music.  Laughter and camaraderie ruled during the live auction and Special Appeal, while administrators, students and videos highlighted the impacts of Foundation funding in our schools.

Once again, our community has shown it places a high priority on our schools and our children.  The Wally & Priscilla Stevenson Family Fund was the largest contributor of the event, with a $15,000 donation.  They were followed by $5,000 donations each from Andy and Jaime Mack, Tami McLaughlin, and the Bruce & Mary Stevenson Fund.  Through the generosity of all of you, the WSVEF has provided more than $2.2 million over the past ten years — $475,000 through community donations and another $1.7 million through grant writing efforts.  And now we are launching an anniversary campaign to try and reach the $1 million mark in our endowment fund to unlock additional opportunities for our schools. If you weren’t able to attend, please consider making a donation online wwww.wsvef.org.

We appreciate your being a part of the Education Foundation, and helping provide our community of kids with a world of opportunity.

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

For Immediate Release


$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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March 10th – Shop and Dine Local – Night Out For Schools!

Stock Up and Dine Out on Thursday, March 10th!
4pm – Close

Beneventi’s, Everybody’s, Feast, Harvest Market, Henni’s, Pioneer Pizza, and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) invite you to shop local, and dine local to support education, with the “Night out for Schools” event this coming Thursday, March 10, 2016.

On this special evening, each of these local businesses will donate 5 percent of all net sales made from 4pm til close, to the WSVEF to support our schools.
“As a local business, we feel it is crucial to invest in White Salmon’s future,” said Harvest Market owner Jeff O’Neal, “and helping out schools is one way we can all contribute to our community.”

“The event has expanded this year. We’re thankful for the enthusiastic participation from all of the restaurants and the grocer,” said WSVEF Executive Director Anne Marie Slater. “This joint campaign is just one more way that they are helping our community enhance education. Everyone is excited to welcome you in and for a donation to be generated as part of something you may do regularly. ”

In addition to using your grocery and dining dollars to help kids, it brings us all together for a good cause. By keeping your money in your neighborhood, you help supply jobs for locals. You’re also helping the environment by driving less, saving gas, and decreasing pollution.

This is a great way to get out into our community, have some fun and support our schools. So invite your friends, and come on out to join in the “Night Out for Schools”.
“I’ll be there to stock up and dine out on March 10th !” said Slater. “I hope you will, too.”

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.


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New CNC Plasma Cutter Machine at Columbia HS

More great things are happening in White Salmon Schools!

Columbia High School’s Metal Sciences program received yet another boost of funding to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for our students. Through two gifts, $5,500 from the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) and another grant for $9,000 from SDS Lumber, teacher Chris Hipskind was able to purchase a CNC plasma cutter.  This was a long time dream of the teacher who has continually sought out new and modern resources to update his program.

Local industry need employees who have marketable skills and hands-on experience with current technology. Some of Mr. Hipskind’s senior students joke with him, “Why did you wait to get this now when we are close to graduating?”  It’s new, complex and engaging.  The first to use this new machine are those students who have long been involved in the metal sciences, electric car or robotics programs. There is a lot to learn.  Slowly and steadily the curriculum will expand and projects will abound.  In the meantime, I understand that a “Thank You” sign is in the works 🙂

Thank you SDS Lumber and our community for supporting the Foundation.  It’s because of  you that our students are experiencing the use of  cutting-edge technology. No pun intended.


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BNSF Railway Foundation Gifts $5,000 for Student Field Trips

What a day!  So exciting to go to the mailbox and find a check for $5,000 to support field trips in our schools. Our grant writer has been busy and we’re here to share the news.

BNSF funds will be used for transportation costs for middle and high school field trips to cultural, educational and career-oriented destinations in the 2015-2016 school year. These may include the following: trips to urban art institutions like museums, symphonies and plays: trips to colleges in Portland and Vancouver; science field studies in nearby wetlands; and career-focused trips to local and regional employers in well-paid industries such as medical, technology, engineering and design fields.

Thank you BNSF Railway for supporting White Salmon school children in their dreams for the future!

Thank you to our community for your donations – they support the grant writer who writes grants on behalf of our schools. That’s what the WSVEF is all about – gathering support to invest in resources and opportunities for all of our school children.

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