2016 Spring Grants

$500 The Pendleton High School Spanish and French Department students were to travel to Eugene the first of May to attend the University of Oregon Foreign Language and International Studies Day. About 30 to 40 students were expected to attend. The conference provides students with an exposure to other languages and an opportunity to explore possible foreign language careers. ($500 in addition to $1,000 granted last fall) [Special circumstances caused the cancellation of this activity.]
$2,000 In late May, 95 students in the Honors Biology class at PHS had the opportunity to participate in one of three overlapping 2-day field trips to the Oregon Coast. Students visited two aquariums, explored the sandy beach and tide pool habitats, and rode in a research vessel in Yaquina Bay. This fun, educational trip allowed students to explore our coast as they saw and touched many of the organisms studied in class as well as being able to participate in a few of the activities performed by working marine biologists. ($2,000 in addition to $2,000 granted last fall.)
$1,500 In April, 22 ECMC (Education Credit Management Corporation) students at PHS attended the Spring Best Practices meeting at Western Oregon University. ECMC is a national program designed to help students realize their potential by investing in, creating and providing innovative education solutions that support schools and improve educational outcomes. In addition to the meeting, the students visited a number of other colleges.
$841 Pendleton’s nine classes of fourth graders had the opportunity to tour local history by learning about the artifacts, treasures and information at the Heritage Station Museum. Tours were scheduled in the spring.
$1,000 In late spring, approximately 270 sixth grade students at Sunridge Middle School participated in “Shakespeare and Violence Prevention” put on by the Shakespeare Walla Walla Anti-Bullying program. They viewed a performance of “Twelfth Night” to open the dialogue on day-to-day violence and then participated in hands-on anti violence workshops, connecting the play’s themes with real-life scenarios.
$2,500 Approximately 12 Pendleton High School students enrolled in Foods 3 and 4 and who participate in the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) club, attended the FCCLA State Leadership Conference April 5-7 in Portland. The conference provided numerous opportunities in education, leadership and personal enrichment. The main focus was competing in the culinary competition. It provided students an opportunity to showcase their skills. Safety, sanitation, knife skills, accuracy, time management, teamwork, and creativity were put to the test.
$1,000 In May, seven students at Hawthorne Alternative School, who graduated this spring, were provided an opportunity to attend a one-day activity at Silverwood Theme Park near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Silverwood has created an event to test the principles of physics and science using rides, games and other attractions
$1,370 Twelve Sunridge Middle School students who were selected based on writing talent, interest in writing, and the ability to represent the school district attended the Oregon Writing Festival in May at Portland State University. Student writers from around the state gathered to share their writing, participate in workshops and attend presentations by nationally-known professional writers.