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Hillsboro Schools Foundation awards $50K in grants

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Hillsboro Schools Foundation, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that raises funds to enhance public education in the Hillsboro School District, has awarded nine grants totaling $50,000 to schools throughout the district.COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsboro Schools Foundations prize patrol recently paid a visit to Evergreen Middle School to award a grant to the schools Comicon, a yearly convention to showcase student-designed graphic novels. Evergreen was one of nine grants awarded by HSF for the 2015-16 school year.

The 2015-16 grants are:

n Kindle-ing for College, Century High School

Kindles to help prepare AVID students for high-stakes exams, including AP tests, SATs and ACTS, as well as providing access to technlogy to support college readiness.

n Evergreen Comicon, Evergreen Middle School

Provides iPad minis, keyboards and speaker fees for students to produce their own graphic novels for Evergreen's annual Comic Convention.

n Dig a Little Deeper, Free Orchards Elementary School

Provides building materials for an outdoor covered learning shelter for the school's established instructional garden.

n Using Technology to Improve Outcomes, Miller Education East

Provides computers, projectors and other classroom technology to improve access to career readiness programs.

n Oh, Snap! Quatama Elementary School

Provides electronic circuit program kits for engineering investigation and program kits for physical science investigation.

n Reedville Bricks Lab, Reedville Elementary School

Provides supplies to create an after-school STEM program to enhance collaborative learning for students.

n Dual Language Innovation, South Meadows Midde School

Provides Chromebooks for students to enroll in a virtual classroom where they can use online materials to prodce blogs, videos and presentations that demonstrate thier knowledge, working independently or collaboratively.

n Now Playing ... Tobias STEM in 3D, Tobias Elementary School

Provides computers and a 3D printer for an after school engineering program; in collaboration with Century High School.

n Future Tigers, Full Days, Fully Prepared, Tobias Elementary School

Provides supplies, planning and instructional hours to give incoming kindergarteners a head start on school readiness.

In addition to yearly grants, HSF has committed $45,000 per year for three years to the district to help fund STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) kits.

HSF raises funds with a yearly gala and auction and a week-long phone-a-thon staffed by high school students from various school groups (the groups get a portion of the funds raised).

On July 19, HSF will hosts Run on the Runway, a 5K fun run in conjunction with the Oregon International Air Show. Runners will have the chance to run on the Hillsboro Airport runways and taxiways.

Visit oregonairshow.com to register.