Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo Continue to 'Take it to the Court', Awarding $100,000 in School Grants

Programs from 16 Oregon and Southwest Washington schools will benefit from this year’s grants

The Trail Blazers Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, are concluding the 2016-17 “Take It To The Court for Education” program by awarding a total of $100,000 in grants of various amounts again this season. Chosen out of submissions from 60 different cities across Oregon and Southwest Washington, 16 schools will receive grants from this year’s program. 

Grant recipients were chosen from an open application process that began at the start of the 2016-17 Trail Blazers season. Schools were able to request funding support for their academic, art, athletic or community programs. The grant amounts range up to $10,000, based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program requesting funds.  

“I serve on the board of the Trail Blazers Foundation, and I can tell you that education is important to both of our organizations,” said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. “We truly believe that if we don’t support our local schools and education, our future is at risk. This grant program is one of the many ways we help our local communities.”

This year’s grants will be distributed during a pregame reception prior to Portland’s game against Washington on Saturday, March 11. The recipients will include:

 

·         Burlingame Creek School (Gresham, Ore.) – Support for a work/life skills program based around running an espresso cart business.

·         Chenowith Elementary (The Dalles, Ore.) – Provide hands-on earth science activities for 5th graders in the classroom and on field trips.

·         Jackson Elementary (Medford, Ore.) – Offer robotics and technology literacy to expose students to new career opportunities.

·         Lincoln Elementary School (Vancouver, Wash.) – Enlist Playworks to teach staff at the school positive, interactive playground games to build a positive culture of play and inclusivity.

·         McLoughlin Middle School (Medford, Ore.) – Scholarships and sports equipment to provide access to sport for students at school.

·         North Bend Senior High School (North Bend, Ore.) – Improve the condition of the softball and baseball fields.

·         North Lake School (Silver Lake, Wash.) – Install all-weather top coating of the new track & field space.

·         North Salem High School (Salem, Ore.) – Replace aging equipment in the weight room that is unsafe or unhealthy.

·         Pilot Rock Elementary (Pilot Rock, Ore.) – Provide Chromebooks to integrate technology into the math and language arts journey and to expand social studies and health class.

·         Salish Ponds Elementary (Fairview, Ore.) – Deliver an after school STEAM program for girls.

·         Sitton Elementary School (Portland, Ore.) – Teach students and families gardening skills at an on-site garden to address food insecurity and promote self-sufficiency.

·         Stephens Middle School (Salem, Ore.) – Replace broken volleyball court for all students to enjoy the game.

·         Tucker Maxon School (Portland, Ore.) – Produce recording devices for children who are deaf at the school to help develop their spoken language skills.

·         Warm Springs K8 Academy (Warm Springs, Ore.) – Bring Playworks to school to more effectively engage children in safe and positive play.

·         Washington State School for the Blind (Vancouver, Wash.) – Provide fitness equipment that offers a non-threatening, success oriented environment that teaches lifetime fitness skills for visually impaired youth.

·         Wilson River School (Tillamook, Ore.) – Create ceramics studio for alternative education community.

In the past three years, the grant program has awarded $275,000 in funds to 49 schools in the region.

 

ABOUT WELLS FARGO

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The firm provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

 

ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 32 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.