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Douglas County educators win mini-grants from Northwest Community Credit Union

Ten Douglas County educators were awarded mini-grants from Northwest Community Credit Union, December 21, 2017. (Photo via Northwest Community Credit Union)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Ten Douglas County educators have been awarded mini-grants from Northwest Community Credit Union. The winners were selected from 273 submissions the credit union received as part of its annual Project Community program.

“Education is crucial for strong local communities. We’re committed to helping teachers and students throughout Oregon,” said Northwest Community Credit Union President and CEO John Iglesias. “Part of our mission at Northwest Community Credit Union is giving back and supporting the people that make up our local communities.”

Emily Pettibone from Eastwood Elementary School received a $150 grant to purchase a classroom set of interactive clocks to help her students tell time.

Gretchen Lake from Fullerton IV Elementary School received a $1,200 grant to purchase new physical education equipment for her PE students.

Christ Lofton from Fullerton IV Elementary School received a $1,300 grant to purchase supplies and curriculum for escape room workshops to help his class solve puzzles and work together.

Teresa Martin from John C. Fremont Middle School received a $300 grant to fund the purchase of books for a creative writing project.

Kate Royce from Melrose Elementary School received a $500 grant to purchase sets of chapter books for her third grade readers.

Jennifer Weiss from Roseburg High school received a $700 grant to purchase a classroom set of Ray Bradbury books.

Ashley Marshall from Winchester Elementary School received a $1,250 grant to purchase guided reading group book sets for her first graders to practice reading.

Nick Krissie from Lincoln Middle School received a $1,500 grant CAD software and a 3D printer.

Daniel Endicott from Oakland High School received a $1,250 grant to purchase graphing calculators for his high school students.

Chris Cherry from Yoncalla Elementary School received a $250 grant to purchase new magnifiers and magnetic wants for his science class.

“These mini-grants are designed to help educators create meaningful learning experiences for kids that might not otherwise be funded by school budgets,” said Northwest Community Credit Union Community Relations Coordinator Kim Clark. “We can’t think of a better way to invest in Oregon than helping teachers with technology and resources that help their students.”

This year’s Project Community program recognized a total of 64 teachers at 54 schools throughout Oregon with over $58,000 in grants. A full list of winners is on the blog at nwcu.com.

This is the third year of the Project Community mini-grant program. To date, 187 educators have been awarded over $164,000 in funding. The next application period for grants will begin in Fall 2018.

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