The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation is one of 49 awardees to receive an Equitable Education grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, and will receive $144,000 over the next three years to increase kindergarten readiness through summer programming and family engagement for priority populations in the Corvallis School District.
“We are truly excited to be part of Meyer Memorial Trust’s statewide effort to give every child an opportunity to thrive in school,” notes Executive Director Liv Gifford. “This grant takes our efforts in Corvallis to the next level and will have a lasting impact on our youngest students.”
The Equitable Education grants total $7.2 million to support work focused on achieving equitable outcomes for Oregon students who experience the greatest educational disparities. The project will entail close collaboration between the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation, school district leadership, staff, kindergarten teams, and parent/teacher organizations from Garfield, Lincoln, Adams, Mountain View, and Wilson Elementary schools. The grant will provide three years of stable funding for Kindergarten Academy programming each August and parent/teacher home visits during the school year. Funds will also support strategies for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion of parent/teacher organizations, modeled after the Garfield PTA’s dual-language meetings and bi-lingual/bi-cultural leadership.
“Funding from this grant will help us work towards our goals around parent engagement and student achievement for early learning in our district,” shared Superintendent Ryan Noss. “We are grateful for the tireless work of the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation board and staff.”