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PGE grant benefits H.B. Lee Middle School

Reynolds Education Foundation received a $25,000 grant from Portland General Electric’s foundation to bring engaging science classes to students at H.B. Lee Middle School.

“We are grateful to the PGE Foundation for helping bring this opportunity to the students at H.B Lee,” said Chris Greenhalgh, director of secondary education at Reynolds School District in the announcement.

The Reynolds program, called Project Lead the Way, is a highly-regarded, national program in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Lead the Way provides learning materials and trains teachers in how to improve their STEM teaching.

“This project will build pathways toward highly skilled, high-wage jobs for non-traditional STEM students,” Greenhalgh said in the statement.

Project Lead the Way uses activity and project-based learning to help students apply what they know in the real world. The program strives to make STEM relevant to students’ lives and future careers.

All Hands Raised, a Portland-based nonprofit education group, also got $25,000. It works with the Centennial School District, Gresham-Barlow School District and the Reynolds School District, and three others in Multnomah County, to improve educational outcomes for students.

Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation awarded 23 grants totaling $305,000 in the third quarter of 2015 to nonprofit organizations across Oregon. The recipients focused on STEM and CTE (career technical education), the arts, bolstering cultural diversity and addressing food insecurity, PGE said.

About two-thirds of the PGE Foundation’s grants were awarded to educational programs that provide academically at-risk students the resources and instruction they need to succeed and access to hands-on and experiential learning opportunities through the arts and STEM or CTE, PGE noted.