Wells Fargo donates $1,000 each to 10 elementary schools in Central Oregon, including one in Crook County School District
PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Wells Fargo donated $1,000 each to 10 elementary schools in Central Oregon, including Ochoco Elementary in the Crook County School District.
Wells Fargo announced the gifts at a special gathering of principals and superintendents it hosted Sept. 24 at one of its Bend offices.
It will be up to each principal to determine how to use the unrestricted funds. Some said they will use it to upgrade their school’s technology for students, while others plan to allocate the money for reading programs.
“This is a wonderful, out-of-the-blue thing for us. Sometimes I feel like I need some help, and I just got some,” said Ochoco Principal Dave Robinson.
Robinson said he plans to buy iPads for his school’s Second Grade teachers who want to introduce technology into their classrooms.
“Technology integration is one of our focuses the last few years so this grant will come in handy,” he said.
The other schools were Madras Primary and Metolius Elementary in Madras; Bear Creek Elementary and Ensworth Elementary in Bend; Rosland Elementary and La Pine Elementary in La Pine; M.A. Lynch Elementary and Vern Patrick Elementary in Redmond; and Culver Elementary in Culver.
All of the recipients Wells Fargo selected are Title 1 schools, which means they have a high number or percentage of students from low-income families.
Wells Fargo Community Bank District Manager James Weber hosted the event, along with local Wells Fargo bank managers and other company executives.
Weber told the educators that Wells Fargo was donating the funds to the schools because of the company’s commitment to supporting its customers and communities.
“We believe when those two groups succeed, our company will also,” Weber said. “We realize one of the best ways to support our community’s success is to help our children succeed in school. Like you, we believe that quality education is the most important investment we can make for our future generations.”
Public education is one of the major focus areas of the company’s corporate philanthropy in Oregon. Nationally, Wells Fargo donated $275.5 million to 18,500 nonprofits and schools in 2013 and was the second most generous firm in America, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine. Wells Fargo was also the most generous bank in Oregon in 2013.
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