Foundation's grants award over $27,500 to 15 projects at 11 district schools for the current school year

PHOTO COURTESY: NCEF - North Clackamas Education Foundation board member Gary Chapman presents a grant award to Claudia Carle of Alder Creek Middle School. Two exciting Clackamas High School projects received support from the North Clackamas Education Foundation's Classroom Enrichment Grants, which awarded over $27,500 to 15 projects at 11 district schools for the current school year.

Dan Robinette received a $1,050 grant for "The Physics of Music," where 10- through 12th-graders will research, design and build their own stringed musical instruments. Laurie Thurston received a $500 grant to purchase books by contemporary young-adult writers that reflect diverse voices for her ninth-grade students.

In another example of a Classroom Enrichment Grant recently awarded, Alder Creek Middle School science teacher Claudia Carle saw the success and benefits of her after-school Lego Robotics Club and wanted to extend that to more students. With the $2,940 grant from NCEF, Carle will purchase a classroom set of robots that teachers can check out to use with their classes. With a Lego Robotics unit, students work in groups at their own pace to identify a variable within a robotics problem and then design, build, test and defend their robot structures and coding solutions.

NCEF also recently supported the Community Room at Lot Whitcomb Elementary with a $1,324 discretionary grant. The room is home to parent engagement and leadership groups such as Madres de Corazon, Padres, Intercambio and PTA.

This award will fund the purchase and installation of a dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer in the room to better promote family engagement, help meet basic needs and strengthen community involvement.

NCEF thanks donors and community partners that make these grants possible.

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