See what teachers and students are doing with our education grants
The money we give through education grants is showing up in the exciting work teachers and students are doing today in the communities we serve, part of the Oregon State Credit Union difference.
Check out the photos and comments from teachers and students below.
For ongoing grant submission details, visit our education grants page.
2018-2019 school year grants
Central High School publishes student poetry in wood using laser engraver
Students at Central High School in Independence will now have their poetry published in a new, high tech, artistic way. Their poetry has been laser engraved into small blocks of wood to be displayed in the school’s halls for future students to enjoy.
Instructor Benjamin Gorman purchased a small laser engraver and built a ventilation system in his classroom. Students submitted short excerpts of poetry they’d written in their junior and senior creative writing classes. These were laser engraved, then stained, lacquered, and set in a frame together.
Gorman felt the project served a valuable educational goal. “We try to teach students that the last stage of the writing process is publishing, but our definition of publishing is often too constrained. Sharing their art with the public absolutely qualifies, and this medium shows students their words matter to us and have real staying power.”
Philomath High School medicine balls enhance physical education classes
"Thank you so much for the grant of $300 that we used to purchase medicine balls for our Philomath High School Physical Education Classes.
The students love using them and ask me often if we can do an activity that involves the
— Amber King, Physical Education, teacher, Philomath High School
North Medford High School: homey atmosphere, better studying
"I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated the grant that I received from Oregon State Credit Union.
I bought a table and chairs to use as flexible seating.
Students love being able to stand instead of having to sit all day long. They also like having a place that is more like a kitchen table to have small group discussions."
— Charity Malcom, North Medford High teacher
Monroe High School science students conduct tasty laboratory experiments
"Yes we have had a very active year with your grant funds.
These experiences would not have been possible without your support. Thank you very much. :)"
— Mrs. Martinson and the science students
Cheldelin Middle School: 3D Zorax printer filament and parts
"The Cheldelin Middle School STEAM program greatly appreciates your generous funding donation of $300 to help purchase additional filament and spare parts for the Zorax 3D printers in my classroom!
Thank you for your generous contribution that helps keep the STEAM program printing! I look forward to continue working together in the future!"
— Cheldelin STEAM instructors and students
Santiam Christian School: new cutting head for DeWalt planer
"Thank you so much for the grant with out which I could not have made this improvement to my wood shop program.
With the grant I was able to upgrade the cutter head in the Dewalt planer. The new cutter head makes projects easier to finish due to it's smooth cut. Many of the students noticed how much easier their projects were to sand because of the new cutter head.
Another significant difference is the noise. Based on research, the dB noise measurement drops from 102dB down to 90dB. That is a huge difference in a small shop."
— Marc Powell, Santiam Christian School wood shop teacher
Eddyville Charter School: fiction and non-fiction books
"I used the education grant funds to get all kinds of new books for my classroom. The books are used in small reading groups, so I got 7 of each book. I mostly got non fiction books, because that was what my class was lacking the most, but I also got some fiction books too.
We are currently using books purchased through the grant in every one of my groups! The students really like the variety and new options that are more at their reading ability!"
— Matt Bilder, Eddyville Charter School
Lacomb School: yoga balls, calculators, headphones, electric pencil sharpener
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From Tami Ainsworth
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