Concert Band Instruments – $18,118

Curricular Area: Arts
Grant Focus: Band Instruments
Schools: Columbia High School
Items Purchased: Chimes, Tuba, Euphonium, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax

CHS's Band Program has seen great success and growth over the last 5 years. It has grown from 40 students in 2013 to a projected 70 for 2020. As the ensemble grows, the need for essential instruments has also become more apparent. This grant pays for a collection of instruments (Chimes, Tuba, Euphonium, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax) that will enhance the sound and maintain proper balance within the Concert Band ensemble.

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Diversity Classroom Libraries – $1,500

Curricular Area: English Language Arts
Grant Focus: Books
Schools: Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School
Items Purchased: Books and teacher research time

The teacher applying for this grant noted that the classroom libraries didn’t fairly represent the diversity in our student population. This grant will compensate the teacher for research time as well as the purchase of novels and nonfiction literature for WPSIS 4-6th grade English Language Arts classroom libraries. Books will be by diverse authors about diverse topics featuring diverse protagonists.

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Beekeeping – $1,888

Curricular Area: STEM
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Henkle Middle School; Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School
Items Purchased: Beehives and beekeeping supplies

This grant provides for the installation of an observation beehive at Henkle Middle School and at Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School. This hives will be part of the project based learning curriculum, helping students understand why honeybees are an important part of the agriculture in both local and national production.

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All Terrain Electric Vehicle – $9,992

Curricular Area: STEM, Career & Technical Education
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Columbia High School
Items Purchased: Plans and parts for building the ATEV

For the past six years CHS students have been designing and fabricating electric cars to compete in over 50 Electrathon America races. With this grant, students will pilot an innovative and highly motivational twist to this event by building the first of its kind all-terrain, full suspension electric vehicle: the Piranha III!.

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Science Technology Integration – $7,500

Curricular Area: STEM
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Henkle Middle School
Items Purchased: 28 Chromebooks

Chromebooks purchased with this grant will be integrated into the 7th grade science classroom to “bring scientific modeling, simulations, presentations and publications into our classroom on a regular basis, to give life and form to the abstract concepts we are studying”.

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Nurturing Sources of Strength – $5,000

Curricular Area: Social Emotional Learning
Grant Focus: At-risk students
Schools: Columbia High School, White Salmon Academy
Items Purchased: Coordinator for Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength (SOS)  is a comprehensive wellness program focusing on the prevention of suicide, violence, and substance abuse in schools and their communities.

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Basketball Hoop Height Adjusters – $1000

Curricular Area: Health and Physical Education
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Wally & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate
Items Purchased: Basketball Hoop Height Adjusters

Together with funds from the School District and the WSCY basketball program, this grant allows for the purchase and installation of height adjusters on the backboards at the small gym at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School.

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PBL Teacher Training Institute – $7,500

Curricular Area: Across Subjects
Grant Focus: Professional Development
Schools: Whitson Elementary, W&P Stevenson Intermediate, Henkle Middle School, Columbia High School
Items Purchased: Teacher training for Project Based Learning

This grant sends three teams of five teachers consisting of staff members from each of the four schools to a foundational workshop for Project Based Learning.

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Sources of Strength – $5,000

Curricular Area: Social Emotional Learning
Grant Focus: At-risk
Schools: Columbia High School, White Salmon Academy
Items Purchased: Curriculum, Training and Support

Sources of Strength (SOS)  is a comprehensive wellness program focusing on the prevention of suicide, violence, and substance abuse in schools and their communities.

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Inventing with LittleBits – $2,152

Curricular Area: STEM
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Whitson Elementary School, Wally & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School, Henkle Middle School
Items Purchased: Workshop Sets of littleBits

Using littleBits, students prototype and build endless engineered inventions, exercising their logical and critical thinking skills while learning about electronics.

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Media Arts Project – $5,355

Curricular Area: Arts; Career & Technical Education
Grant Focus: Technology
Schools: Henkle Middle School, Columbia High School
Items Purchased: iPad Pro Kits and accessories

The aim of this grant is to facilitate a 7-12th Media Arts Pilot Program, with the long-term goal of a sustainable Career and Technical Education program in Film and Media Arts.

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Multimedia System Solution – $7,494

Curricular Area: Positive social behavior
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: W&P Stevenson Intermediate, Henkle Middle School
Items Purchased: Projector, installation, and miscellaneous hardware

The Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) committee at WPSIS and HMS is tasked with leading powerful assemblies to teach and inspire the whole school community about respect, responsibility, and perseverance.

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CHS Robotics Takes Flight - $4,200

Curricular Area: STEM; Career & Technical Education
Grant Focus: Equipment; Curriculum
Schools: Columbia High School​​​​​​​
Items Purchased:  10 Quadcopter kits; technology and flight lessons, curriculum development

This grant funds a nine-week unit on unmanned aerial vehicles (or "drones") to be implemented in the introductory robotics class at CHS.

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4th Grade Engineering Pilot - $6,380

Curricular Area: STEM
Grant Focus: Curriculum
Schools: W&P Stevenson Intermediate​​​​​​​
Items Purchased:  Engineering is Elementary curriculum (3 units for 4 classrooms); professional development

This grant is aimed at promoting high-quality and rigorous instruction to integrate engineering concepts into math and science lessons through hands-on learning. 

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