DDEF Grant Program
The DDEF Grant Program was developed to support excellence in the David Douglas School District. By acquiring and distributing resources, the Foundation enhances and supplements programs, provides additional educational opportunities for David Douglas students, and provides an opportunity for teachers to pilot innovative ideas or equipment. Foundation grants are awarded based on how well the request meets Foundation’s goals:
To promote student development through additional educational enrichment activities, grants, recognition of outstanding academic effort, and family learning opportunities.
To encourage excellence in education by supporting unique staff development opportunities for all employees and providing grants for innovative ideas and programs.
To encourage partnerships between schools and the community by serving as a vehicle for individuals and organizations to share resources intended to enhance learning within the schools.
To facilitate cooperative ventures among the Foundation, community groups and the school district to meet human or social service needs.
Our Grant Program supports a variety of requests submitted by School District teachers. In the last two or three years, grants have included:
Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference for 28 high school students
Band Uniforms for Marching Band
Phoenix Camp for Fir Ridge students
Building a Traveling Band Cart – made by students and Woodworking teacher
Salmon Watch Field Trip
Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, New York City - Partial travel expenses for Art student to accept her award
Oregon Music Educational Assn Event
Girls on the Run (Earl Boyles) – Running shoes
Books for Elementary, Middle, and High School classrooms
Fins for Swimming classes
Sensory rocker chairs
Camp Phoenix is a three-day intensive and transformational retreat for high school students. Teens evaluate who they are, their challenges, and redefine where they want to go in life. Students engage in experiential activities including small group discussions, energizing games, storytelling, visual art, and the highlight of the weekend is an afternoon on the challenge course. The challenge course helps students build trust with each other and their small group. For students who have gone to Camp Phoenix in past years, they often name the Phoenix program as one of their most memorable experiences in high school.
Traveling Band Cart
This Traveling band cart was built by High School Woodworking students and teacher to transport guitars among the nine elementary schools in the district so that guitars are easily accessible during music classes. Materials were funded by a DDEF grant. The cart is a useful and attractive addition to the classroom.
Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, New York City
Ester Petukhova, a Junior at David Douglas High School received a National Gold Medal for her painting “Aditi” and 3 National Silver Medals for other entered paintings. This is the first time a David Douglas artist has been honored to receive such an award. The DDEF grant supplemented travel expenses for Ester while attending the National award ceremony.
Girls on the Run
This is a youth development program for girls in grades 3-5 with a mission to inspire girls to be healthy and confident using an experience-based and creative curriculum. The program includes a community service component for the girls to plan and execute and is operated through Earl Boyles’ SUN program. Over 12 weeks, the girls train for a 5K running event. The grant provided running shoes for all participants so they all could have similar running shoes for the program.
Fins for Swimming classes
In our 4th and 5th Grade Elementary PE program, these swim fins have had a tremendous impact on our ability to adapt our teaching style for a more proper swim technique for kids who may have different abilities and skills. This is especially helpful for kids in the deep end of the pool so that they don’t get too tired.
The wheelchair glider that was funded through DDEF in 2015 has made a tremendous impact on the students at Ventura Park Elementary. It has provided students who are wheelchair users with opportunities to move in the classroom. It has helped calm and relieve stress for at least 5 students this year, and it has enhanced range of motion, circulation, and communication for these students. We have even been able to hook up a toggle switch behind the glider that allows a student to activate music through use of the glider.
Sensory Rocker Chairs
Eight medium and large sensory rocker chairs were purchased and are currently being utilized in general education classrooms. The chairs have allowed students with sensory integration difficulties to more fully participate in instruction and learning opportunities provided by staff. The chairs are one of the most commonly accessed accommodation tools that our staff, students, and parents have requested this year.