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Five Elementary Schools to Receive Construction Grants
$25,000 given to schools for achievement; students determine how to spend money

OLYMPIA — October 22, 2010 — Students in five Washington public elementary schools each will decide how to spend $25,000, State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced today.

Given annually, the Apple Award Construction Achievement Grants honor schools based on a variety of factors, including academic improvement from 2008-09 to 2009-10, school size and geographic location.

The schools receiving grants this year are:

  • Yale Elementary (Woodland School District)
  • Sumas Elementary (Nooksack Valley)
  • Orchard Center Elementary (West Valley)
  • Olympic View Elementary (Oak Harbor)
  • McKinley Elementary (Yakima)

The $25,000 grants must used for capital construction projects on school grounds or on other public property in the community, city, or county in which the district is located. The students themselves will determine how to spend the money.

Students from the awarded schools will select the project idea. When the idea is approved by the district and the Office of Superintendent of Instruction, the district will then develop a project plan for implementation which is submitted for approval. When the project plan is approved, the project work will begin.

Past projects include new playground equipment, a traverse wall, a greenhouse kit and a jungle gym.

OSPI will provide administrative oversight. The grants were made possible through funding provided by the Legislature during the 2010 session


About OSPI

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.

Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

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