The Education Foundation of Pendleton recently announced fall grants totaling $12,016 was awarded to teachers in the Pendleton School District. The projects include:

•Honors Biology II classes ($4,000) will travel to the Oregon coast this spring to learn about ecological relationships between animals, plants and algae living in and around ocean habitats. Schelle Hand Bixler said the popular trip provides a chance for approximately 83 Pendleton High School seniors to participate in a fun and educational outing.

•PHS Foreign Language Club ($1,680) to attend the Foreign Language and International Studies Day at the University of Oregon. Kathryn Youngman said the one-day conference is attended by 1,000 high school students from across the state, including about 30-40 from PHS.

•Approximately 60 students and six chaperones from Sunridge Middle School will attend a professional production of “Christmas Memory/A Winter Song” ($600). The Dec. 13 trip to Portland Center Stage is coordinated by drama teacher John Summerfield.

•Elementary music teachers Andrea Dinkel and Cassandra Pinard will take two fifth graders who were nominated to participate in the 2019 Northwest Mega Conference in mid-February in Portland ($850). The students will perform with other students from across the state. Dinkel and Pinard will participate in professional development and collaborate with other educators.

•All Pendleton fourth grade students will be invited to visit the Umatilla County Historical Society ($675). In April and May, about 250 students can learn about local history at Heritage Station Museum. The project was coordinated by Ellen Wardell, a retired fourth grade teacher, and teacher representatives are Mike Heriza and Jason Campbell.

•In February, Hawthorne Alternative High School teachers Kelly Simpson and Mitch Morioka will invite their students to participate in a community weaving art project ($1,131). Artist-in-residence Jan Peterson-Terjeson will build the curriculum, acquire supplies and begin work sessions with students. Artwork created will be included in the district’s annual art show in April and then on permanent display at Pendleton Tech and Trade Center.

•PHS art students of Alice Thomas will be invited to view exhibits at Pendleton Center for the Arts and the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery at Blue Mountain Community College ($840). The gallery visits provide an opportunity to connect students to art and artists outside the classroom.

•Sherwood Heights Elementary teacher Mike Heriza is coordinating a field trip for 100 fourth graders to visit Tamastsklist Cultural Institute ($240). Pre-trip curriculum includes a visit from representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who will teach about sovereignty, treaty rights, taxes and other issues concerning American Indian tribes in the United States.

•PHS orchestra students led by Emily Muller-Cary will participate in a workshop/performance activity to commission a work from PHS orchestra alumni and professional composer Chris Thomas ($2,000). Thomas also will work with musicians to prepare the piece for performances and will visit Sunridge orchestra and elementary strings classes.

The nonprofit foundation seeks to provide educational enrichment opportunities for students in the district. For more information, contact correspondence chair Terri Taber at, via Education Foundation of Pendleton , P.O. Box 812, Pendleton, OR 97801 or visit

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