Two Echo projects and the music and English departments at Echo School recently received funding from the Umatilla County Cultural Coalition. 

The coalition provided a grant of $200 to the city of Echo to be used as seed money for the first Creative Echoes Art Show and Market, to be held today in conjunction with the Echo Red2Red Cycle Race.

The Fort Henrietta Foundation also received a $1,000 grant to fund signage and painting of Echo’s Historic Farm Equipment Display located at North Thielsen Street, just south of the Dupont Street railroad crossing.  The display includes a dozen pieces of vintage horse- or mule-drawn farm equipment such as Fresnos, a McCormick dump rake and Fahr mower. Interpretive signs will provide information on the equipment such as the manufacturer, if known, age and use. Room remains for additional equipment or wagons that may either be loaned or donated. Contact Diane Berry, 541-376-8411 or ecpl@centurytel.net for more information.

The Echo Schools music and English departments also received grant monies for school projects. The music department will use their funds to provide sets and materials for an upcoming production of “Dear Edwina,” which will incorporate all students in the elementary school and the junior high and high school choir, approximately 160 students in all. Performances of the play are scheduled for May 19 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the school.

The school’s English department will use its grant to fund a trip to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival April 22-23. Twelve students and two adults will enjoy a campus tour and two plays during the trip. “Both groups are grateful to the UCCC for the funding and are excited for the opportunities that these funds will provide,” said music teacher Stacy Cooley and English teacher Mike Heriza in a press release.

For more information on UCCC, visit www.umatillacountyculture.org.

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