Education News Across Idaho


Grants support educational programs

The Idaho Community Foundation Awarded more than $ 350,000 to educational programs across Idaho this summer, with money to support preschools, libraries and tackle learning loss in the summer.

A student from the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa uses a tablet during a summer school, funded in part by a grant from the Idaho Community Foundation. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club

More than 30 grants were distributed to educational entities across the state this year, according to a Press release of the ICF.

Ideas on where to send grant funding come from regional councils, which are made up of volunteers from across the state, said Karen Bilowith, ICF president and CEO.

“(The money) is intended to meet the needs of these communities, as identified by these communities,” Bilowith said. “We trust people at the community level to best deploy these resources. “

Regional advisers submit grant applications and the IFC Board of Directors approves them.

The ICF has helped distribute grants across Idaho for over 30 years.

One of the biggest allocations this year was $ 20,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Nampa – money that was “essential” for children in the area, the Nampa club CEO said, Melissa Gentry. “These programs continue to fill in the gaps when children are not in school and may not have the support system at home.”

This year’s scholarship recipients:

  • Teton County School District: $ 10,000 for an after-school program for at-risk children at Victor Elementary School.
  • American Falls School District: $ 18,000 in local preschool scholarships.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Nampa: $ 20,000 for summer and after-school programs to address learning loss in the summer.
  • Children’s Village Foundation (Kootenai County): $ 18,717 for a summer activities program for young people.
  • Council Junior-Senior High School (Adams County): $ 19,685 for library renovation.
  • Greenleaf Friends Academy (Canyon County): $ 12,536 for a morning preschool class.
  • Hailey Public Library: $ 15,000 for a summer reading program.
  • Lee Pesky Learning Center (Bannock and Fremont Counties): $ 19,800 for kindergarten prep kits for families, digital materials and access to online training.
  • Memorial Community Center (Bonner County): $ 25,000 for preschool scholarship assistance.
  • Moscow School District: $ 20,000 to combat learning loss during the pandemic.
  • North Idaho College: $ 15,000 for discounted preschool tuition at the local children’s center.
  • Priest Lake Community Education Foundation: $ 8,000 for a Ready! for the kindergarten program.
  • REACH Club (County of Idaho): $ 7,750 to cover one year of preschool salary expenses.
  • South Fremont Junior High (Fremont County): $ 15,000 to update and add digital content to the school library.
  • Sugar-Salem School District: $ 17,550 for college library books.
  • The Salvation Army Boise Corps: $ 10,000 for tutoring teens, life skills classes, and babysitting for babies.
  • United Way of South Central Idaho (Jerome County): $ 20,000 for a loan! for the kindergarten program.
  • United Way of Southeast Idaho (Bannock and Power Counties): $ 16,500 to extend early learning to low-income students.
  • University of Idaho Foundation: $ 10,000 to provide experimental learning and exploration of STEM each school year for five years to approximately 150 underserved students on the Nez Perce and Coeur d’Alene reserves.

“Forever Idaho” grants were also distributed in the northern region:

  • CDA Public Libraries Foundation: $ 5,000
  • Consolidated Free Libraries District: $ 5,000
  • Culdesac School: $ 5,000
  • Institute of Human Rights Education: $ 2,000
  • Kids Klub, Inc .: $ 5,267
  • Kootenai Elementary School: $ 2,563
  • Kootenai Common School District: $ 5,000
  • Community Memorial Center: $ 3,000
  • Sacajawea Junior High: $ 5,000
  • TESH INC: $ 5,000
  • University of Idaho Extension: $ 13,849
  • West Bonner County School District: $ 6,000

In total, the ICF had four areas where grants are allocated. The most important is for education. But money is also donated to help with housing and homelessness, mental and physical health, and access to other services related to health care and transportation.

Rural Idaho school set to open after renovations

Students and staff in rural western Idaho Midvale The school district invites community members to celebrate the opening of a new high school and gymnasium.

The inauguration of the gymnasium, followed by an open house, will take place on September 7 from 7 p.m. The gymnasium is named after Midvale’s longtime teacher and superintendent Jim Warren.

The old Midvale High School opened in 1930.

Rob and Nancy Roberts of R&M Steel in Caldwell donated a 24,200 square foot steel building to the district as part of the project.

The district also benefited from a factory facilities tax of $ 1.75 million.

Career engineering students also did some of the work, including framing, drywall and insulation.

ICHA celebrates the state’s Latino culture

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs will launch a celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15.

The event will take place on the first floor of the Idaho State Capitol and begin at 10 a.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15.

STEM event postponed due to spread of COVID

Due to concerns related to COVID, the Idaho STEM Action Center postponed his statewide in-person convention scheduled to take place in eastern Idaho on Oct. 14-15.

No catch-up date has been announced, but the center said it hopes to run the program in person in the coming months.

A survey from the center regarding topics clients would like to explore or receive help on is available here.

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Nik Streng received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of the Pacific in Forest Grove, Oregon, in 2013 and received his MA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

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