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The foundation presented the Hillsboro School District with thousands of dollars for grants and students in need.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Hillsboro Schools Foundation presents the Hillsboro School District with $49,000 for students in need and awards $50,000 in innovative grants.

The Hillsboro Schools Foundation presented the Hillsboro School District with nearly $100,000 in surprise funding this month.

On Monday, June 1, the organization donated more than $49,000 from local businesses and individuals to the district to help supplement food pantries and provide internet access in the homes of students unable to participate in distance learning.

In addition, the HSF "Surprise Patrol" also contacted nine winners at Hillsboro schools as part of this year's Innovative grant fund. A total of $50,000 was awarded.

Earlier this year, teachers, administrators and parent groups around the district applied for funding for a host of projects that fall outside normal school budgets.

"With the help of HSD, HSF staff were able to surprise the winners by popping into their online classrooms and staff meetings to share the good news," the Foundation said in a statement.

The innovative grant projects include yoga and mindfulness groups for students at R.A. Brown Middle School. It will provide yoga training for children outside and inside school hours. Ladd Acres Elementary School will introduce the iHorn to bridge the gap between learning the recorder in 4th grade and being prepared to play brass instruments in the 6th grade. Ladd Acres will also introduce LiPS materials to enhance phonemic awareness for emerging readers. It would first be used on kindergarten students and then work up grade levels for struggling readers.

Other schools receiving funding include Indian Hills Elementary School, Tobias Elementary School, Reedville Elementary School, West Union Elementary School and Glencoe High School.

"Our community continues to rise up in support of our students and educators," said Hillsboro Schools Foundation's executive director Aron Carleson. "To provide nearly $100,000 of support during this pandemic really shows what power we can all have when we work together."

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