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Corvallis foundation grants $150,000 toward equity in schools

Corvallis foundation grants $150,000 toward equity in schools

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The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation announced it will give the Corvallis School District $150,000 in grant money for improving equitable services.

The foundation, founded in 1996 to raise money for supporting initiatives like increasing graduation rates in local schools, announced the grant disbursements on Nov. 2. The main pillars of the grant funding are supporting cultural equity and student accessibility.

More than $20,000 will fund "racial equity coaches" in schools, $10,000 will support leadership training for educators of color, $5,000 will help reinforce the Students Advocating for Equity elementary school programs and another $20,000 will provide racially conscious reading materials to students.

Family support includes $20,000 for increasing access to Wi-Fi for remote learning and $4,500 for virtual seminars in various languages for those who need help understanding online learning materials.

The district's Western View Center — containing the Welcome Center, Casa Latinos Unidos of Benton County headquarters and the Professional Learning Center — will receive direct funding as well. Some $19,000 will go toward increased tutoring, $9,000 will supplement bilingual staff and another $27,000 will provide visiting families with supplemental food, hygiene items, laundry cards, grocery gift cards and emergency financial support.

Each Corvallis school will also get a share of $15,000 to help with similar day-to-day needs.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the CPSF Board is thankful that we are able to assist the district in vital and critical work,” said board Chair Ashlee Chavez in the announcement. “Awarding funds that aid in the advancement of racial equity work and that support struggling families during the pandemic are top priorities for the foundation.”

For more information, visit cpsfoundation.org.

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