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“Reactor Nation” Anti-bullying Program Receives Grant from Avista Foundation
Third quarter 2013 foundation grants total $8,500 to organizations in Washington and Idaho

Sept. 4, 2013: Once considered a rite of passage, today bullying in our schools has become a tidal wave of epic proportions, according to Operation Healthy Family. The Spokane-based non-profit has received a grant of $1,500 from the Avista Foundation to expand the “Reactor Nation” program into Garry and Chase Middle Schools. The anti-bullying program is in place in Lewis and Clark High School, Shaw Middle School and Adams Elementary School in the Spokane Public School District.
 
“There is an emergent need for this program in all Spokane Public Schools, especially in the middle schools,” said Tommy Williams, executive director of Operation Health Family. “Reactor Nation” brings students together to confront bullying behavior as it occurs, to report it to authorities and to stand up for one another. We’ve seen how effective this is in schools where the program has been implemented.”  
 
“It’s important that all students have a safe and nurturing environment at school to achieve educational success,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Avista Foundation. “Reactor Nation” is a proven program with talented and dedicated leadership. The students and staff of the school district are to be commended for taking a proactive role in addressing bullying as a problem that affects students and families alike.”
 
For the third quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $8,500 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory.
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
Hydro Research Foundation
Evergreen Colorado
Hydro Fellowship Program – WSU student
$4,500
Operation Healthy Family
Spokane, Wash.
 
Reactor Nation – Anti-bullying Program
$ 1,500
Fresh Start
Coeur d’Alene, ID.
 
Emergency Overnight Warming Center
 
$ 1,500
Palouse Audubon Society
Moscow, Idaho
Wetland Boardwalk Project
$1,000
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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