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As part of its ongoing support of public education, Wells Fargo donated $1,000 each to 92 elementary schools in Oregon and S.W. Washington in an event at Memorial Coliseum, Thursday, October 25th.
The recipients included schools in Astoria, Portland, Gresham, Odell, Canby, Milwaukie, Molalla, Hillsboro, Salem, Seaside, Dallas, Keizer, Mount Angel, Silverton, Stayton, Tigard, Tualatin and Newberg in Oregon; and Vancouver and Washougal in Washington.
Almost all of the recipients Wells Fargo selected are Title 1 schools, which means they have a high number or percentage of students from low-income families.
It will be up to each principal to determine how to use the unrestricted funds.
In Astoria the Middle School was the recipient of the donation from Wells Fargo. Astoria Middle School Principal, Ron Alley, said one of the things they will use the donation for is to purchase a program that will help improve state testing scores and support Middle School students in the area of math. “We were fortunate enough to receive the award from Wells Fargo. We will use the money for a variety of things, but one of the things we will do is to purchase an online math intervention. The program allows us to track the progress of students and they can practice math concepts at school and home.”
Markham Elementary Principal Shawn Garnett said her Portland school will use the funds to buy reading materials for its most high needs students. W.V. McKinney Elementary Principal Ricardo LeBlanc-Esparza said his Hillsboro school will use the grant to buy tee shirts for every student who excels in math.
“Math is the foundation of everything we do,” said LeBlanc-Esparza. “We’re thankful to have the money to be able to do it.”
“This event shows that Wells Fargo understands the needs and the depth of difficulty in educating children in these hard economic times,” said Garnett. “To get a $1,000 check is so rewarding, encouraging and uplifting.”
Wells Fargo Regional President Don Pearson of Portland and Area President Kellie Grant hosted the event, along with local Wells Fargo bank managers and other senior company officers. Ben Cannon, the top education advisor to Gov. Kitzhaber, attended and addressed the group.