Blue Mountain Community Foundation recently awarded grants from the First Fruits Fund, a component fund of BMCF. As promised, we are announcing grant awards over the next few weeks.
The Tenth grantee is…
Lincoln High School, $20,000
The effort of faculty and staff at Lincoln High School continues to impact positively the lives of students. Funds from this First Fruits grant will support the school in ways that Lincoln Principal Jim Sporleder decides. This is the fourth grant from the First Fruits Fund, totaling $68,000.
During the time that Blue Mountain Community Foundation has been making grants to the school, Lincoln’s faculty and staff implemented an innovative approach to discipline, the result of which has yielded an 85% drop in suspensions. The changes began in the classroom.
“Teachers started becoming detectives,” says Erik Gordon, Lincoln High School Science Teacher. “We began focusing our concern on what we know that’s going on that might be causing behavior in a kid,” versus what type of punishment to mete out.
Read more about the work that the staff at Lincoln is doing by following this link. The article details the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on a child’s ability to learn. Much of the work that is being done with the students at Lincoln is in conjunction with 2012 First Fruits Grantee, Children’s Resilience Initiative.
The work at Lincoln is changing the climate of the school. Past grants supported the Boy’s Basketball program, Girl’s Volleyball team and a weekend retreat for students. These are programs that build students’ pride in their school and build community within the student body.
The First Fruits Fund
The First Fruits Fund was established in 2008 with a generous grant from the Vista Hermosa Foundation. Since that time, the Fund has made 66 grants exceeding $550,000.
The stated goal of the First Fruits Fund is to “encourage collaborative and innovative approaches to building self-sufficiency for the most under-served in our communities, including improved access to such basic needs as housing, food, education and livable wages.” Founders believe that the most impactful way to achieve that goal is to support community-based initiatives that empower people themselves to identify their needs and collectively own the process of change.
2012 First Fruits Grantees:
11. Community Health Assessment Task Force (CHAT) – $500
10. College Spark Program - $5,000
9.Walla Walla Symphony, Rock n’Roll Camp – $5,000
8. Trilogy Recovery Community – $7,500
7. Children’s Home Society Family Support – $10,000
6. Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Children’s Resilience Initiative – $10,000
5. Columbia School District General Support – $10,000
4. Blue Mountain Action Council Skill Steps – $10,000
3. Student Health Options – $10,000
2. Lincoln High School – $20,000
1. stay tuned….