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Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo award $110K to 24 schools, including two from Woodburn and one from Gervais

The Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo awarded $110,000 in grants benefiting hundreds of high risk and low- and moderate-income students at 24 schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington, including two in Woodburn and one in Gervais.

The donations support a wide variety of academic, arts, diversity, technology and physical fitness programs and equipment in 19 rural and urban cities. The grants ranged from $500 to $9,500, based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program seeking funds.COURTESY PHOTO: WELLS FARGO - Meghan Day (right), a teacher from Nellie Muir Elementary School, receives a check for $6,000 from Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis on March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.COURTESY PHOTO: WELLS FARGO - Andrew Aman, a teacher from Gervais Middle School, receives a check for $5,000 from Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis on March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.
COURTESY PHOTO: WELLS FARGO - Two schools in Woodburn and one in Gervais were among 24 that received grants totaling $110,000 from Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation in an event March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.

Gervais Middle School received $5,000 to purchase portable bleachers for the gym to use during school assemblies and athletic events.

Lord High School, at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn received $7,500 to provide vocation, education and training programs for youths in custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.

Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn received $6,000 to purchase P.E. equipment, including volleyballs, basketball hoops, jump ropes, yoga mats and heart rate monitors.

Through their fourth annual "Take It To the Court for Education" program, the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo distributed the grants during a special reception March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.

Teachers, school staff, administrators, parents and community members had submitted more than 300 applications in pursuit of grants for their local schools. A committee of community leaders managed the review process to determine this year's winners. 

"This is the culmination of an important partnership that has allowed the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo to channel much-needed dollars directly into schools and classrooms," said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President and CEO Chris McGowan in a press release. "As we've seen every year of the program, 'Take It To The Court for Education' continues to provide funding for important initiatives at schools throughout our region."

Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis, of Portland, added: "I volunteer as the board chair of the Trail Blazers Foundation. I can tell you that both of our organizations view quality education as a crucial building block of a healthy community."

In the past four years, the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo have presented $385,000 in grants to 73 deserving schools in this region through the "Take It To the Court For Education" program.

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