Grants for Madras Elementary and Warm Springs K-8 will support creation of a makerspace and athletic programs

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The Oregon Trail Blazers foundation, an extension of the Blazers basketball team, has awarded 18 grants to schools across Oregon, including two grants for Jefferson County School district.

The first grant, given to Madras Elementary, was $10,000 which will be used to turn the elementary school library into a 'maker space.' The space will be designed to challenge students to create with new and innovative technology.

This space will combine the services of a library, but also provide new technology and hands-on learning opportunities for students.

"We have an opportunity to truly transform our library where kids can read, do research, and work on 21st century STEM skills like coding," said Madras Elementary Principal Chris Wyland. "We would like to add reading nooks, places to build, 3D printing, and multiple coding stations. We are hoping to make the library a place where students do not want to leave."

The second grant for 509-J was given to the Warm Springs K-8 academy. This grant will fund the purchase of additional athletic equipment at the school, for programs like wrestling and basketball.

The 'Take it to the court for education' grants are distributed yearly to schools across Oregon to support a variety of projects. This year, a total of $125,000 was distributed to 18 different schools across Oregon.

"We are super thankful to the Blazers for their continued support for all Oregon Schools.," said Wyland.

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