Bringing more kids along for the ride: Donations fund bicycle program

Originally published March 21, 2019 in The Daily Republic.

By Wendy Royston

Inspired by unexpected gifts and a decline in the number of bicycles outside local elementary schools, a local couple put the wheels in motion for Mitchell students to learn how to ride.

“This will hopefully inspire them to get outside, exercise and socialize with their friends,” Al Bainbridge said Monday as he and coworkers at custom motorcycle company Klock Werks assembled 54 bicycles that will be donated to Mitchell’s three public elementary schools today. Read More

Runner Registration Open, Sponsors Sought for Annual Run for Education

Originally published Sept. 11, 2018 by This is Reno.

By Carla O’Day

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is hosting its 13th annual Run for Education in Sparks on Oct. 21 and registration is underway, with a sponsorship commitment deadline of Sept. 21.

Sponsorship benefits include a logo on the back of T-shirts, a tabling opportunity for an audience of almost 9,000 people, banner display, event video spotlight and media attention, according to the Education Alliance.

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Trail Blazers Foundation, Wells Fargo Continue to ‘Take It To The Court,’ awarding $100,000 in School Grants

Originally published March 7, 2018 by the NBA/Portland Trail Blazers and March 21, 2018 by NewsChannel 21.

There are new reasons to smile as the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo awarded $110,000 in grants benefiting hundreds of high risk and low- and moderate-income students at 24 schools in 19 rural and urban cities across Oregon and S.W. Washington, including two elementary schools in Central Oregon.

The donations support a wide variety of academic, arts, diversity, technology and physical fitness programs and equipment. The amount of each grant was based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program seeking funds.

“I serve on the board of the Trail Blazers Foundation, and I can tell you that education is important to both of our organizations,” said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. “We truly believe that if we don’t support our local schools and education, our future is at risk. This grant program is one of the many ways we help our local communities.” Read More

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Community leaders help teacher find funding for PE heart rate monitors

Physical educators are known for their creative lessons to engage students and get them moving. That creativity also helps in the quest to find funding for new tools that can transform a program.

“We are small school in northern Minnesota,” said Fosston High School teacher Ben Hemberger. “Like any school, funding is going to be an issue. We had to try to get creative.”

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