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Two Hillsboro schools received checks for $1,000 each last week as part of a statewide initiative by Wells Fargo Bank to support schools that enroll a high percentage of low-income students.

Hillsboro High School and Brookwood Elementary School were two of 85 schools in Oregon and southwest Washington receiving a $1,000 donation during an educators’ breakfast sponsored by Wells Fargo on Nov. 13 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

“At Wells Fargo, we believe that quality education is the most important investment we can make for our future generations,” said Kellie Grant, area president of Wells Fargo, during the event. “This is not about charity. It’s about intelligent and thoughtful investing of our resources in the future of our communities where our team members and customers live and work.”

Public education is one of the focus areas of Wells Fargo’s corporate philanthropy. Nationally, Wells Fargo donated more than $75 million to 8,000 educational programs and schools across the United States last year, including Oregon and Washington, according to a news release.

The additional funds were a welcome surprise for the Hillsboro schools.

“We are going to recognize the hard work of our students and staff,” said Hilhi’s principal, Arturo Lomeli.

The high school provided dinner before student-teacher conferences Monday and will use the remainder of the funds to support the second semester’s “BE — THINK — LIVE BLUE” student recognition event, which celebrates the academic achievement of students.

Brookwood Elementary will use the funds to invest in student readers by buying high-interest informational texts that align with the Common Core State Standards, said Principal Ken McCoy.

“We’ll also be able to purchase additional books to update and round out our collection of culturally responsive literature, which kids really connect to,” McCoy said.

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