When students moved into the new Westside Christian High School off Pacific Highway last month, school officials touted plans for a new gymnasium, which began construction this week.

And that project just got a bit easier, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MDU Resources Foundation, a North Dakota-based conglomerate that sells energy and transportation infrastructure products across the United States.

“Every $10,000 helps,” said Deb Givens, a spokeswoman for the school. “It’s nice to be able to partner with foundations.”

By the time the gymnasium is built, Westside will have spent about $12.5 million on the new school and gym.

Most of those funds have been in place for months, but the private Christian school has been applying for additional funding to build the gym and finish the project.

“We are on a push for the final funds needed to complete the construction of the gym,” said Westside’s President Andy Sears. “Receiving this grant will provide extra encouragement for our families to get involved.”

The MDU Resources Foundation is comprised of companies from across the nation, including Fidelity Exploration & Production Company, MDU Utilities Group, Knife River Corporation, WBI Energy, Inc. and Oregon Electric Group.

This isn’t the first donation the school has received from MDU. The foundation previously awarded the school a $10,000 grant for campus construction.

As part of the new grant, the school will offer community sports camps during the summer, including camps for cheerleadering and volleyball, said Givens.

“What an honor it is to be able to once again partner with the MDU Resources Foundation to impact the next generation of servant leaders,” added Sears.

The gymnasium is expected to be completed by fall.

Westside Christian High School is located at 8200 S.W. Pfaffle St. in Tigard.

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