Pacific Power Foundation Grant Supports Creative Writing Education in Oregon Schools


The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to The Nature of Words to help support the Words Without Walls creative writing program for youth.

The Nature of Words is a nonprofit that supports the literary arts and humanities in Oregon and the Northwest by offering creative writing programs for young students and adults, and through community interaction with acclaimed contemporary authors/mentors.

Words Without Walls provides creative writing residencies in public schools, alternative educational programs, and social welfare programs. During the 2012-2013 school year, NOW will offer residencies in 16 sites and 32 classrooms in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Klamath and Hood River counties.

“The Nature of Words fills a gap deep spending cuts have left in education by encouraging students to take part in the literary arts and creative expression,” said Angela Jacobson, Pacific Power regional community manager.

“Creative writing stimulates the imagination and activates intellectual curiosity. In a global community that relies more heavily on communication than ever before, students who benefit from The Nature of Words programs are better equipped to thrive in the modern world as active listeners and assured leaders,” said Robert McDowell, executive director of The Nature of Words.

About the Pacific Power Foundation
The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.7 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power. For more information, visit

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