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Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program receives $10,000 grant from the Avista Foundation

May 30, 2012: High quality early childhood education opportunities for children have the potential to yield positive benefits in terms of higher graduation rates, better personal health and lower crime. But in north central Idaho and southeast Washington there is a need for more opportunities for low-income children to participate in appropriate and accessible education programming. The Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program has received a grant of $10,000 from the Avista Foundation to assist in the restoration of a facility to provide these opportunities.
 
“This grant from Avista will help us take the first step in the rehabilitation of our new facility, the historic Hurlbut Mansion, by restoring the facility’s roof. Once that is complete, the remaining renovations will result in new classrooms, project areas and meeting spaces where low income children and their parents will experience state-of-the-art learning experiences,” said Dorlan Hergesheimer, executive director, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program. “The new center will provide the space and resources to give the 600-plus children we see each year an excellent foundation for their education and lives ahead.”
 
“We’re very concerned that the children in low income homes may not be experiencing the kinds of learning opportunities that prepare them for success in school and beyond,” said Mike Tatko, Avista regional business manager. “The Lewis-Clark Center offers a wide range of educational programs and support services to children and their families that provide a much-needed safety net as well as a leg up on being ready for school.”
 
Second Quarter 2012 Avista Foundation Grants
Organization
Amount
Purpose
Friends of KSPS, Spokane, Wash.
$20,000
Upgrade and enhance broadcast equipment and facilities
Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, Lewiston, Idaho
$10,000
Renovation of the early childhood education and community center
LaCrosse Community Pride, LaCrosse, Wash.
$5,000
Renovation of the Historic Grocery Store and community center
Tesh, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
$3,000
Summer camp for low income youth
Mediation Works, Medford, Ore.
$2,500
School-based peer mediation program
Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Spokane, Wash.
$2,000
Pediatric vital signs monitor
WSU Museum of Art, Pullman, Wash.
$1,000
Transportation to the museum for K-12 students
 
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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