The Hood River County Education Foundation invites you to attend an evening of dinner, fun, and an auction to benefit Field Trip and Impact Teaching Grants for Hood River County Schools. The Gala is always a fun-filled evening featuring student music performances, a three-course dinner, wine wall, and terrific live auction items. Join us Saturday, February 10, at the Hood River Best Western Inn — reserve your tickets today!
Doors open at 5:30 for cocktails & social hour
Dinner and live performances at 6:30
Entertainment and live auction to follow
About the HRCEF Field Trip and Impact Teaching Grants Programs
HRCEF Field Trip Grants fund adventures off campus or help teachers bring fresh experiences into the classroom. This program aims to enrich learning for all elementary and middle school students in Hood River County through hands-on experience and good old-fashioned fun. Impact field trip grants are available for all Hood River County elementary and middle schools from October – June every year.
Field Trips have benefits for students beyond education and fun. In the words of one Parkdale Elementary School teacher:
The best part about taking Parkdale kids to Portland and the zoo is that for SO many students it’s their first time seeing the city and going to the zoo. It is a trip that they talk about years later. It’s one of the best field trips that I’ve organized. … This trip connects with our Mystery Science unit on Animals. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about habitat, conservation, and up close learning with amazing animals.
The HRCEF Impact Teaching Grants program awards funding to Hood River County School District teachers and staff who want to enhance the learning experience for their students. Grants fund everything from science experiments to music supplies, books, games, art projects, and accessibility tools. Previous grant recipients include:
- Augmentative and alternative communication boards for all elementary and middle school playgrounds, ensuring students can communicate with friends and teachers while playing
- Materials for a food forest lab project at HRVHS, a collaborative effort for students from 6 different classes to design, build, and grow a functional, perennial food forest
- Electric keyboard for all elementary schools and baby guitars for Hood River Middle School, to introduce students to new instruments and basic music theory
- Books to start a student library at the Hood River Options Academy and Spanish books to augment the library at Mid Valley Elementary
- Art supplies for ceramic/glass fusing projects at HRVHS and a gallery featuring student art at Hood River Options Academy
Left: a student at HRMS measures local air quality after designing and building an air quality monitoring device. Center: Students at Mid Valley Elementary enjoy their new Spanish books. Right: art students at HRVHS designed and sewed their own experimental quilts.
HRCEF Impact Teaching and Field Trip Grants are 100% funded by our community, and the Reach For Excellence Gala is our primary fundraiser these programs. Help us support Hood River County Students and educators, join us at the Reach For Excellence Gala on Saturday, February 10. We hope to see you there!