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The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools is honored to receive $7,500 from First Interstate Bank to support the Foundation’s Activity Fee Scholarship and Classroom Grants programs. Since 2003, the AFS program provides financial assistance for middle and high school students served under Free & Reduced Meals to participate in after-school athletics who would otherwise be unable to do so. More than 8,000 students have benefitted from the program in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver. Additionally, the Foundation received funds to support innovative Classroom Grant requests for educators in STEM, art, music and wellness needs in the Foundation’s spring grant program.
The Education Foundation has provided resources and support for more than 31 years to the K-12 educational community. In 2019, the Foundation provided more than $36,000 in AFS scholarships, $100,000 in Classroom Grant support and provided $40,000 in scholarships to Latino and Perseverance Award students. The Foundation’s programs impact the greater population of 18,700 students and 2,000 educators and staff equitably within the Bend-La Pine school district. To donate or find out more about the Education Foundation, contact Michelle Johnson, executive director, at (541) 355-5660.