Pamplin Media Group – Meta announces Community Action Grant recipients

Crook County School District receives several grants as do multiple community nonprofits

Meta’s 2022 Community Action Grant program recently announced its list of Crook County recipients, a list that includes a variety of nonprofits, educational programs and more.

“Through our Data Center Community Action Grants program, Meta provides funding for nonprofits and schools to support the long-term vitality of Prineville,” the social media company stated in the announcement. “We fund projects that help put the power of technology to use for community benefit, connect people online or off and improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.”

The program was first launched in 2011, shortly after Facebook broke ground in Prineville with its first data center. The program has been offered every year since.

Once again, education was a large beneficiary of the program. Crook County School District received a $27,500 grant to expand STEM programs and provide supplies for middle school science classes, and $10,000 to enable a digital recording studio for teachers to create lessons for students participating in distance learning. In addition, the district was awarded a $1,380 grant to support development of a classroom library for second grade readers and $2,000 for Oregon Battle of the Book student participants with traditional and audio books. The district also received another $1,500 to expand Guitars in the Classroom and connect the community through teaching and playing.

“Meta’s generosity and commitment to Crook County School District elevates our schools every year,” said Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson. “This year’s grants will enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at the middle school, support our elementary libraries, purchase guitars for music classes and ensure teachers have the right technology for online learning. These are all tangible investments that will benefit our students in meaningful ways.”

The grant program awarded another $10,000 to Central Oregon STEM Hub to bolster its CTE-STEM Summer Camp 2022 and increase diversity of students in STEM learning, and another $10,000 went to ChickTech to enable STEM access to inspire high school girls and non-binary youth into technology careers through workshops and mentorship. In addition, SmartReading received $5,000 to deliver new books to 185 elementary and preschool students with in-person and online readings. And Crook County 4-H Oregon was awarded $10,000 to enable robotics, coding and free building for young STEAM learners with older student tutors.

Several nonprofits received sizeable grants from the program, including the Crook County Kids Club, an after-school program for young children. The organization received a $20,000 grant to help that is intended to help provide educational after-school activities and experiences that encourage self-confidence. Friends of the Children-Central Oregon, a youth mentoring program was also awarded $20,000 to support partnerships that enable youth STEM activities and staff development. MountainStar Family Relief Nursery was awarded $12,000 to fund STEM materials for its Therapeutic Early Childhood Program and a career station for parents. Family Access Network Foundation was awarded $11,200 that will help enable assistance and access to crucial services for underserved local children in partnership with the Crook County School District, and CASA of Central Oregon is receiving $9,500 to support volunteers and child advocacy for kids in foster care in Crook County.

Bowman Museum received a $9,500 grant that it will use to provide equipment for digitizing the local history for future generations. Other grant recipients include Think Wild Central Oregon ($5,420), HORSES on the Ranch ($5,000), EarthWin ($15,000), HELPERS ($15,000) and Embrace Bend ($10,000).

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