Grants Awarded 2017-2018 School Year - $15,118.00 YTD

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A note from the Librarian…

"MakerSpaces usually have a technology piece when you look them up online, but our MakerSpace is more arts and crafts since we find so few of our students have ever used paints or even scissors!  We started with some pretty basic drawing and painting activities and card making with stamps, stickers and markers. 

Now that we have a grant, we are moving into some jewelry including beaded bracelets and necklaces as well as woven designs.  One style is from Japan and is called kumihimo or gathering or combining cords or threads.  This technique uses a loom and patterns to follow to make different designs like spirals or stripes. 

Thanks for supporting our artistic endeavors at Wilson!! 

These photos show painting and drawing activities. Students can come during lunch through the back door to our library where our secretary, Dedra Town, keeps track of who is attending and sets up simple projects for them to do each day.  We started out with basic card making with markers, stamps, die cuts and stickers, then moved to crayon/watercolor wax resist techniques, and some basic coloring sheets for the Day of the Dead holiday.  We are going to be moving into making jewelry with thread, yarn and beads, so we will get more photos as those events happen. "

We are excited to support Garfield Elementary with their Art-integration Curriculum.

Over the past six years Garfield Elementary has developed and implemented an Arts-integrated Curriculum. Additionally, for six consecutive years they have produced an all-school Spring musical (K-5) that has had a powerful impact upon the hearts and lives of the Garfield families. These annual series of performances bring education to life for the students. To prepare for them, the kids pull together what they have learned in geography, math, science, language acquisition, reading, writing, music and the arts to create their grade-appropriate performances. Art-integration also helps the students take ownership of their learning while showing commitment to a longer project and learning about stamina and endurance. This project creates rigor and relevance to their daily studies while creating lasting relationships through their collective work on the yearlong project. This year, Garfield staff and 545 students will come together to perform Shrek the Musical in March 2018.

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Total Grants Awarded 2016-2017 School Year - $38,493.77

The generous gifts and event proceeds we have received over the past few years have enabled the Yakima Schools Foundation to fund many programs, materials, and classroom supplies that promote learning. We fund leadership opportunities, music training, the arts, sports, field trips and participation in activities not covered by taxpayer funds 

Many of the grants we fund are done so in a financial partnership with other funding sources including additional grants, community funding, and PTA or ASB (student) fundraisers. Many of our grants are awarded by combining payroll deduction funds from district employees along with yearly interest earnings from our endowments. 

Thanks to you, our generous, committed community, we have been able to provide opportunities for today’s students to learn, grow and join the ranks of so many who are now in a position to give back and support the next generation. We never take for granted the importance of this circle of life in the importance of building and supporting a healthy, thriving, learning community. 

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