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Lewiston Education Foundation receives a $5,000 grant from the Avista Foundation for STEM programs

March 14, 2012: Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are key, many say, to success in educational achievement. In the central panhandle of Idaho, the Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.) provides resources for implementing these programs, and it has received a $5,000 grant from the Avista Foundation in support of these efforts. This grant will help fund five classroom projects.

“We have identified a need to encourage teachers to develop math and science-related projects that will excite the minds of students, so they will be engaged and interested in STEM,” said Carla Gomez, L.I.F.E. office secretary. “Linking STEM learned in the classroom to pragmatic lifetime skills is of particular interest and importance for students and faculty in our schools.  Elementary projects will deepen younger students' understanding of fundamental math concepts, while junior high and high school projects will focus on engineering designs for efficient use of green, renewable or alternative energy, with attention to real-world applications.”

“Supporting education, particularly in the areas of STEM programs, is an important part of preparing our children to be successful as they grow up. Being able to help focus that interest in areas of energy and using it wisely is of particular interest to us,” said Mike Tatko, Avista regional business manager in the Lewis-Clark area.

For the first quarter of 2012, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $144,700 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, including $62,000 for scholarships at area universities and colleges through the Avista Scholars program. 

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 http://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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