Grants - Spring 2009

$500 30 PHS Japanese Language students learned about Japanese culture through ancient techniques of living with nature and self-meditation at the Japanese Gardens in Portland.
$600 17 middle school and high school students attended the Oregon Writing Festival. “Being able to be together with other student writers, listen to experienced teachers and authors is an opportunity like no other to a blossoming young writer. Every year I leave the festival feeling inspired and charged to write,” said student Colee Mayfield.
$200 113 7th & 8th grade girls and 30 high school girls participated in “Girl Talk,” an investment in building positive self-esteem and conflict-solving skills.
$500 56 McKay Elementary students toured the Heritage Station Museum and were particularly intrigued with the Byrd School House and the old Caboose.
$300 K-12 art students participated in the annual Pendleton School District Art Show. Students were asked to evaluate, critique and express ideas about the art.
$400 Washington Elementary students enjoyed a school-wide music assembly and drumming workshops with recording artist Victor Johnson. “Students had joy on their faces in response to drumming and singing,” said 1st grade teacher Tracy Childress.
$200 366 students at McKay Creek Elementary attended a Writers’ Workshop with author Deborah Hopkinson. “Students learned about a real writer, the task of writing historical fiction, and about perseverance,” said 5th grade teacher Susan Fisher-Alexander.
$1,000 63 Pendleton High School seniors were able to travel to the Oregon coast on an Honors Biology II Marine Biology Field Trip. “This trip was a ton of fun and a great learning experience. We were immersed in our lessons and were able to see everything up close,” said student Tracy LeGore.
$300 74 McKay Creek Elementary 5th graders traveled to Bend to the High Desert Museum, Lava River Caves and the Lava Lands National Monument.