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Mediation Works receives $2,500 grant from the Avista Foundation

May 30, 2012: Student conflicts, like bullying, are critical issues in our schools today. According to national statistics, the number of incidents are increasing exponentially and escalating in severity. Mediation Works, A Community Dispute Resolution Center in Medford, Ore., has received a $2,500 grant from the Avista Foundation to support the ChoicePoint and Peer Mediation programs in the schools in Jackson County, Ore. The programs are designed to model and teach effective conflict management skills.
 
“The ChoicePoint and Peer Mediation programs give students tools to address the problems of social aggression, isolation and bullying. By bringing the programs into the schools, and after-school and summer programs, we provide opportunities for students to understand the role and choices that peers and by-standers have when they encounter bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer conflict,” said Anne Golden, executive director for Mediation Works. “We appreciate this grant from Avista that will support these important programs which help students develop critical skills for constructive conflict management.”
 
“A safe learning environment is essential to success in school. We are pleased to support the programs that Mediation Works brings into our county schools. They are as important as the curriculum and the teachers, because they give students communication and problem-solving tools that will last them throughout their lives,” said Steve Vincent, Avista regional business manager.
 
 
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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