PENDLETON:  Grillin’ for Grants for Education  Foundation

PENDLETON: Grillin’ for Grants for Education Foundation

Over $16,000 was awarded to Pendleton teachers by the Education Foundation of Pendleton this fall after a record number of sponsors supported the 5th annual Grillin’ for Grants dinner.

Twice a year the Foundation awards grants for special school projects that are not covered by the Pendleton school district budget. Grants are awarded for enrichment activities which range from school field trips to special assemblies or workshops brought to the schools.

The Foundation’s major fundraiser, the Grillin’ for Grants dinner held on October 10th, featured donations of silent and live auction items and raised over $23,000 for Pendleton classrooms.

Fall grant awards will fund activities throughout the school year, including:

Sunridge Middle School acting students will see plays “In the Heights” or “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” at the Portland Center Stage. ($800)

Pendleton High School art students will visit exhibits at the Pendleton Center for the Arts and the Betty Feves Gallery at BMCC. ($500)

Hawthorne High School students will work with artist-in-residence Jan Peterson-Terjerson on a grid project featuring their wolf mascot. ($1,347)

Pendleton High School’s ASPIRE program will take students on college tours, visiting the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, Western Oregon University, Mt. Hood Community College and Eastern Oregon University. ($1,513)

Elementary music students from across the district will participate in the Oregon Music Educator’s Association Elementary Honor Choir in Eugene in January. ($1,122)

The Pendleton High School Spanish Department will take a student to Eugene to participate in the Oregon Foreign Language and International Studies Day in May. ($2,000)

Also in May, Honors Biology II students from Pendleton High School will extend their learning about marine ecosystems by visiting Cascade Locks, Newport, and Lincoln City. ($8,380)

Grant funds also supported the return of Pendleton High School distinguished alumnus and professional composer Chris Thomas to speak at the school’s October Career Day. ($1,500)

Board members of the Education Foundation of Pendleton very much appreciate the donors and Grillin’ for Grants sponsors, auction contributors, and attendees for supporting these opportunities for Pendleton students.

Applications for spring grant awards are due January 31, 2020. For more information visit

(Chuck and Lori Sams)

(Janet Loughary)