Education foundation distributes grant awards

Missy Doherty, Adrian Rodarte, Heather Sherman, Paul Dunsmoor, Taryn Olson, Kristy Smalley, Josh Rist, Robert Doherty, Rick Scheiber, educators in the Hermiston School District, received spring grant awards from the Hermiston Education Foundation.

The Hermiston Education Foundation announced its spring grant recipients during an April 22 reception.

The foundation funded nine grants for a total of $18,034 this grant session. 

Educators receiving grant funding for special items or projects include Rick Scheiber for the Second Step Curriculum for sixth graders; Kristi Smalley and Missy Doherty, to purchase copies of the “Traveling in the Magic Tree House” series to increase reading skills; Robert Doherty, a Mac Book computer for Armand Larive Middle School’s TV Live Stream program; Taryn Olson, exercise balls at Highland Hills Elementary School; Josh Rist, a Mac Book Pro for the Hermiston High School music program; Adrian Rodarte, support for the Hermiston High School marching band field show; Heather Sherman, support for the high school’s Spanish Club field trip to Portland; Paul Dunsmoor, to assist with the marching band and jazz band trip to the Holiday Bowl. In addition, a grant helped support the fifth grade Outdoor School learning experience.

The Hermiston Education Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Its purpose is assist in enriching the student experience in the Hermiston School District.

The foundation has funded 304 grants for more $275,000 since it began in the fall of 2003.  There are two grant cycles per year, spring and fall. For more information about the foundation, visit

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