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Schools foundation marks 30 years, raises $1,787


The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools received $1,757 from Avid Cider Co. for a charity give back event held on Sept. 14 to celebrate 30 years of service to the K-12 educational community.

Sam McCoy, owner of Avid Cider and a board member, hosted the community celebration which featured lived music and a kayak raffle that raised additional funds. Since 1988, over $1.5 million has been invested into programs in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver public schools through Education Foundation programs.

The Education Foundation provides financial resources and tools to teachers and schools for innovative STEM, art, music & wellness classroom grants, as well as supporting needs-based middle and high school students to participate in athletics. Scholarships for graduating Latino students and Perseverance Award recipients are also Foundation programs.

The Foundation’s work affects the greater population of 18,375 students and 2000 educators and staff equitably within the Bend-La Pine school district. To donate or find out more about the Education Foundation, contact Michelle Johnson, Executive Director, (541) 355-5660,

About the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools

The Education Foundation, founded in 1988, prepares District students for success and future through exceptional educational and extracurricular activities. The Foundation secures funds to provide tools for teachers to enhance formal learning as well as providing need- based activity fee scholarships to ensure participation in athletics. For more information, contact Michelle Johnson, Executive Director, (541) 355-5660, or email us at

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