BCBSVT Windham Advisory Board grants more than $5,000 to area schools

Originally published May 25, 2019 in Vermont Biz.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Windham County Community Advisory Board (WCCAB) has provided over $5,000 in grants to area schools as part of its ongoing commitment to promote physical activity and improve the overall health of Vermonters.

Schools receiving grants are The Academy School, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Central Elementary School, Dummerston School, Green Street School, Oak Grove School and Retreat Farm. Read More

LeBron James unveils $1M grant for new gym at his I Promise School

Originally published May 10, 2019 by CBSSports.com.

By Cody Benjamin

A brand new gymnasium is coming to LeBron James’ I Promise School after the Los Angeles Lakers star announced Friday a $1 million grant courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and the company’s Sports Matter initiative.

Billions of dollars have been cut from school sports budgets in recent years, according to a press release James sent out about the grant, and the cuts disproportionately impact students in low-income areas. So the $1 million grant, which stems from the Dick’s Sporting Goods foundation, seeks to “address the funding crisis” by encouraging both physical education and after-school sports. Read More

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 KTVZ.com 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