Woodburn Elementary

With these funds, Woodburn parents have transformed an existing landscape bed into an imaginative play space within the rich outdoor environment of the school campus.  The nature play spaces utilizes a variety of natural elements to engage kids in imaginative and exploration play where they create the games and stories that fill the space. The area promotes not only physical growth (using fine and gross motor skills to navigate log hoppers, steps, and ramps) but also social and cognitive growth (fairy houses, imagination station tables and secluded benches). The natural elements included allow kids to negotiate activities, develop art, and use their imagination by manipulating elements.  Kids get to dream up a new world with this project!  

This is Woodburn’s planned first step in a larger investment to “green” their schoolyard and creatively integrate nature back into the physical world of the school environment.

Dorothy Fox Elementary

A taco-swing, a spin disk, and a rocket ship play tunnel are just some of the new pieces of equipment that this grant allows!  One Dorothy Fox classroom has been dedicated to become a sensory play den for children who have attention difficulties, autism or other developmental needs. Research supports a direct connection between the short-term attention span, long-term brain development and incorporating movement and sensory integration breaks within a student’s school day. This space will be open to all students for it’s calming properties and is a chance for all students to take a sensory break, have some fun and return to class more focused.



Camas High School

This grant goes to Junior CHS student Sarah-Wells Moran to build on last year’s research project investigating the effects of radiation on aquaponic food growing.  The project is an attempt to understand more about the challenges faced by long-duration space flights and space colonization, and to educate about the dangers of radiation for astronauts attempting to colonize Mars.  Wells-Moran received second place at the Washington State Fair last year for her research and will present this year’s project at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair.  She also plans to present her research to the community through a poster and research paper.

Liberty Middle School

This grant allows the establishment of UPWARD with Liberty Pride, a week-long summer camp that helps with the transition from elementary to middle school. Students who attend UPWARD will participate in All-Stars, a research-based prevention program reducing risky behavior, and use of alcohol and tobacco. Participants will use this week to meet other Camas elementary students that will also be attending Liberty in the fall. They will also become familiar with the school building, meet school administrators, teachers, and counselors, and be introduced to school programs, clubs and athletics. This is an ideal setting to make new friends and develop confidence among peers as they prepare for the life of a Liberty Lion.


Dorothy Fox Elementary

This grant provides funding for 38 student licenses for Lexia Reading Core 5, a supplemental online reading intervention resource offering differentiated literacy instruction for students in grades 1-4.  The program engages and motivates students in a fun, game-like environment online.  It will enable at-risk students to work at their own pace independently with supportive and adaptive scaffolding as they struggle and advance within the program.

Grass Valley Elementary

This project will give kindergartners a chance to use their imagination daily while building structures with large foam blocks. The blocks will give students open ended opportunities to use their imaginations and create things through trial and error, collaboration, communication, and planning.  Classroom benefits include creativity, imagination, problem solving, eagerness to learn, ability to cooperate and stay on task, and learning how to self-regulate and be more responsible overall for one’s own learning and development in general.

Dorothy Fox Elementary

This innovative new program has guides that provide instruction in a comic book style that encourages reasoning and problem solving. The Guides’ comic book format is more than just a hook to draw kids in. This format was deliberately chosen because it allows teachers to use engaging visual representations that help students understand the math. The format also allows the characters to model problem-solving, mathematical conversations, and positive attitudes in ways that are difficult to include in a standard textbook format. One big goal of this curriculum is to help students who have struggled to develop a positive attitude towards math.


Lacamas Heights Elementary

There is countless research to supports the positive impact of arts-rich programs for students, especially when art is integrated throughout the curriculum. Whether it's researching insects, land formations, character moves, or patterns in math, integrating art with learning engages and deepens students experience. During the week, students will be involved in an Integrated Arts lesson, activity and/or performance assembly. The week will end with a Showcase for students to share their learning and art work or community project. This will be done in partnership with CHS Integrated Arts and Academic Program, encouraging collaboration and expansion.

Dorothy Fox Elementary

The Rhythm Project begins with a high-intensity, all-school performance from the Okropongo/Obo Addy Legacy Project.  This grant allows for the purchase of 4 tubano drums and teaches that the drum is a universal heartbeat that sets a rhythm, regardless of cultural background. Children can explore their own rhythms and delight in the pure joy of chance and fun with musical instruments. By equipping the librarian with funds to purchase an display new books, this project will engage kids on the literary level to explore other cultural rhythms and ideas.


Woodburn, Helen Baller & Prune Hill Elementary

Washington State data shows that 24 out of 30 students have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and that trauma significantly influences how students learn.  As our schools grow, our educators find more and more children entering the school exhibiting the effects of childhood trauma. This grant invites Jenna Linerud, an ACES trainer, to work with staff from three elementary schools.  Training staff in the specific techniques related to this trauma helps to mitigate impacts for all students in these classrooms.

Helen Baller Elementary

This grant provides STEM-based learning materials for play, allowing students the opportunity to explore their curiosity with hands-on toys! Having educational toys available extends the curriculum in core subjects and provides a time for discourse among students. During play children can work together with peers allowing social collaboration and problem-solving, crucial to the development of our 1st grade students.

Liberty Middle School

The steel hearts robotics 4-H club is about to get an upgrade. Having a dedicated team laptop is essential for running a CAD program to design the robot and any 3-D printed parts for the robot, applications for the robot’s functions, an engineering notebook essential for FTC competition, and research!  This team will make-do with the leader’s personal computer no more.  Go team!

Hayes Freedom High School

This grant supports the creation of a photography fine arts course at Hayes Freedom High School by allowing the purchase of DSLR cameras and other technology.  Students will be trained in the use of the the cameras as well as the art and artistic creation of making and manipulating photographs.


Camas High School

Ever wonder what attracts a bee to a specific plant, or how bees seek out places to nest? This project will allow students to test the attractiveness of native and non-native plants to bees, and also to observe the effects of native pollinators on the environment.  Discussion after observation will be around the current population state of our native pollinators and how humans can help prevent them from becoming endangered. This project is part of the 2016-2017 MST Magnet class's Sustainable Farm Project.

Camas High School

This screening of award winning “Screenagers” is an offering for all parents in the district. It discusses the impacts long-term technology & screen exposure has upon brain development and offers parents tools with how to negotiate and manage screen time, including social media, computer and phone usage. Following the movie, discussion will be presented about the district's ‘one to world’ initiative and the responsibilities we have as educators. 

"Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.



Dorothy Fox Elementary

Offering voracious readers in every category a wider variety of reading materials, this program encourages reading and generates excitement by bringing in new, high-interest titles to the library on a monthly basis.  The Jr. Library Guild program exposes students to titles that are newly published, and often go on to win national and state awards like the Newberry or Caldecott. 

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