Following a request for grant funding, Springfield Rotary selected six projects for immediate funding, totaling $16,934. The club is continuing to review opportunities for additional funding that will have a positive impact on the community, promote Rotary, and fit with the goals of the club.

The following grants were distributed in January:

  1. New Generation Science Standards $3100. This will allow Springfield High School to purchase material needed to provide hands on experience with elements of nuclear chemistry and physics, concepts that are used in occupations in the fields of medical imaging and cancer treatment.
  2. Spanish Language Books and Comics $2700. This will allow the Springfield High School Library to add approximately 200 Spanish language items to its collection designed to encourage pleasure reading to those interested in reading for pleasure and to encourage reluctant readers to read. Approximately 40% of SHS students are of Hispanic heritage.
  3. Sky Camp Outdoor School $1218. This funding will provide approximately 80 5th grade student with an outdoor experience promoting healthy living, cooperation, outdoor sciences, and art.
  4. State Leadership Conference $1408. This grant will provide funding for participation in the State Leadership Competition for Thurston High School’s SkillsUSA team. Skills included in the program are welding, sheet metal fabrication, photography, commercial baking, technical drafting, and cake decorating.
  5. Natural Resources Watershed Hydrology Project $3508. The grant will fund the purchase of stream tables and other equipment to enhance Thurston High School’s Oregon Natural Resource Watershed class with a unit on Hydrology, part of a newly developing Career and Technical Education Program of study in Natural Resources.
  6. Walking Path at Douglas Gardens Elementary School $5000.This will provide an outdoor area where students can participate in a physical activity without the problems associated with inclement weather.