The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $70,000 from its Stronger Schools Grant to 15 public schools across North Central Washington.

Stronger Schools provides up to $5,000 to PreK-12th grade public schools and school districts for programs that enrich experiences for students, support teacher development, and foster opportunities for schools to achieve their goals.

“The Stronger Schools Grant is a great opportunity to fund innovative projects that bring added value to the classroom and the building” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “These programs are making school more fun and are helping to build well-rounded student experiences. We’re really proud of what these teachers are doing outside of the box to engage their students.”

Stronger Schools Grant awards

Cascade and Lee Elementary: $4,000, Disability Education Awareness Program to promote empathy and understanding

Foothills Middle School: $5,000, Sixth Grade Camp at Tall Timber Ranch in Lake Wenatchee

Grand Coulee Dam School District: $5,000, Natural Helper Reboot peer-to-peer program that gives students tools and methods to handle traumatic and life situations

Icicle River Middle School: $5,000, Healthy Lifestyle Trail Improvement Project, building a new improved trail system near the school for student use

Independent Learning Center (Methow Valley): $5,000, support for mentorship coordinator

Lincoln Elementary School: $5,000, Winter STEAM Learning Adventure, a three-day/two-night adventure at the YMCA camp at Lake Wenatchee for fifth graders

Manson High School: $4,450, Drone Club job training and community services, enabling students to apply drone technology to local professions

Manson School District: $5,000 bilingual summer school, supporting reading and math enrichment during the summer for English learners

Methow Valley Elementary School: $5,000, purchase of cellos and violins to provide no-cost part

icipation for the student

Methow Valley High School: $5,000, orchestral bells for music program

Pateros School District: $5,000, Leader in Me, a student-empowerment and leadership program

Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School: $3,500, art classes for K-second graders in partnership with the Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium

Tonasket Elementary School: $3,500, swim lessons for all fourth and fifth grade students

Virginia Grainger Elementary School: $4,700, world music and rhythms program teaching students about various world cultures through music and dance

Wenatchee School District: $4,850, Don’t Wait to Unmake a Bully, a student-run film production, education and training program

Funding for the Stronger Schools Grant comes from unrestricted funds at the foundation and individual donations. To learn more, visit

Jennifer Dolge is director of donor services and communications for Community Foundation of NCW.