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Community Action Grants totaling $210,000 benefit variety of local organizations

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Crook County Middle School's robotics program is one of several school-based recipients of grant funding.

Numerous local organizations were announced as winners of Facebook's annual Community Action Grant program earlier this month.

The 2020 program awarded grants ranging from $2,000 to more than $40,000 to 18 nonprofits throughout the Crook County community.

"The Community Action Grants program provides an opportunity for Facebook to help advance local STEM education and have a positive impact on the community. We are proud to support schools, nonprofits and projects that help Prineville continue to be a wonderful place to live and work." said Andrew Gold, site manager of Facebook Prineville Data Center.

Crook County School District was the largest beneficiary of the grant program. It received six grants for various programs or needs. They include $43,250 for the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education program. Another $18,020 was awarded to Crooked River Elementary's Technology Integration Program, and Crook County Middle School received $10,844 to add robotics kits and another $10,000 to improve its auditorium and stage technology. Another $10,000 will support Pioneer High School's electronic Booksource database, and $2,000 will help with digital access to the Oregon Battle of the Books program.

Facebook also awarded grant money to fund education programs offered through MountainStar Family Relief Nursery. The organization received $10,000 to support its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as well as other educational opportunities.

"MountainStar Prineville is thrilled to receive a grant of $10,000 from Facebook. This funding will support STEM technology and educational program materials for our therapeutic classrooms," said Diane Fernandez, grants manager for MountainStar Family Relief Nursery. "These items play an important role in our delivery of high-quality early childhood programming and support to at-risk children and their families in Crook County."

Rimrock Trails Treatment Services received $31,510 to bolster its technology for classroom and educational components of teens in residential treatment.

"The Facebook Data Center is a valued partner in our work to help the teens in our Prineville Residential Treatment Program thrive," said Michelle Duff, community outreach manager for Rimrock Trails. An educational foundation for our kids is imperative to their recovery and assimilation upon graduating from our program. Funding from the Facebook Community Grant will secure the classroom infrastructure crucial to our ability to provide a quality learning experience. The Facebook Data Center's commitment and dedication to the Crook County community is an inspiration."

Community leaders often express their gratitude for Facebook and the ways it supports the community, and response to the latest round of grants was no exception.

"We truly appreciate Facebook in our town. They have become an anchor to our community. Their educational partnership with our communities and school systems has lifted us well beyond our expectations," said Prineville Mayor Steve Uffelman. "The funding provided by the Facebook Community Action Grants will catalyze, enhance and support essential science, technology, engineering and math programs within our school system and library that are critical to our children's education."

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon - $10,000.00 Central Oregon STEM Hub at the High Desert Education Service District - $5,000      

Central Oregon Youth Development - $17,816    

ChickTech Central Oregon Chapter - $10,000         

Crook County Kids - $6,000

Crook County School District - $43,250 STEAM education program

Crook County School District - $18,020 Crooked River Elementary Early Technology Integration Project

Crook County School District - $10,844 Adding new robotics kits to the middle school.

Crook County School District - $10,000 Improvements to Crook County Middle School's auditorium and stage technology.

Crook County School District - $10,000 Supports Pioneer High School's electronic Booksource book database

Crook County School District - $2,000 Supports digital access to the Oregon Battle of the Books program.

Heart of Oregon Corps - $4,060     

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery - $10,000 Support STEM and educational opportunities.

Powell Butte Community Charter School - $10,000 Support STEM education

Pursuit Global $4,000 Allow hundreds of Crook County High School students to attend the Pursuit Connects Career Conference in Central Oregon.

Redemption House Ministries - $5,000     

Rimrock Trails Treatment Services - $31,510          

SMART Reading - $2,500 Help program purchase more than 850 digital books.


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