Foundation News

Great Things are Happening!

Multipurpose Building Addition
We are hard at work planning for the addition of a stage, music and art classrooms, and storage area to the multipurpose building (gym/cafeteria). Board members have been visiting other schools for ideas, working with contractors on draft plans, and starting the grant application process. Imbler schools are very fortunate to have such a supportive community. Thanks to you, we have more than $150,000 set aside to help with this project. This puts us in a great position to receive additional grant funds for the remainder of the necessary budget.

Don’t you miss the old stage in the former elementary school? A new stage would not only be used for music programs but also for FFA and FBLA activities, student-of-the-month presentations, senior banquets, and many other school and community events. Please consider making a donation to this extremely worthwhile project (Donation-Membership Form).

The Foundation also needs your written letters of support to submit with grant applications. Please take the time to write a few lines about how this addition will benefit our community and send them to the Imbler Education Foundation at
P.O. Box 95, Imbler, OR 97841. If you have grant writing experience, we would love to benefit from your expertise as well.

Benches for Brick Display

The Foundation coordinated the building of a series of concrete benches near the elementary school and has begun facing them with bricks from the old school building (Red Building), which was torn down and replaced in 2012. Rather than throw the bricks away, many volunteers worked hard to salvage and clean the bricks so that we could sell them to make money for the Foundation and display them to preserve the history of the school. You can purchase a pre-engraved or custom engraved brick for $50 to display on the benches. Contact a board member for details or print out and submit the Brick Order Form.

Fundraising Efforts

The Foundation has organized many activities and thanks each of you for supporting our fundraising efforts by attending the annual spaghetti feed, purchasing raffle tickets, buying
bricks from the old Red Building, and visiting the food room during sporting events. Our advertising sign project has also been a great success.  We've sold and/or installed more than 20 business signs in the high school gym, which brings in more than $6000 per year to the Foundation.

The Foundation board is always looking for fundraising ideas. If you have one, please contact a board member (names and phone numbers are listed on the Board of Directors page) or join us at one of our meetings the 2nd Monday of the month at 
7:00 p.m. in room 1 of the high school. See the Calendar page for a complete list of meeting dates.

Board of Directors Officer Needed

The Foundation is seeking to fill the presidency position on the Foundation Board of Directors following the death of Walt Sullivan. Walt's wife, Liz, has graciously stepped in to help us as interim president, but we need to install a president at our annual meeting in September. This is a 3-year assignment for someone in the Imbler School District. If you are interested, please fill out the candidate information sheet using the link below and return it to the Foundation.

Candidate Information Sheet

Foundation Money at Work

With your donations and the grants we have received, the Foundation has been able to support our schools with several projects. The list continues to grow, but here are some highlights.

2009: Assigned memorial donations designated to fund the 3rd grade class Camp Hancock Field Trip, Math Facts software purchased for 1st-7th grades.

2010: Replaced water-damaged library books.

2011: Purchased security cameras for the high school (senior project)

2012: Purchased choral risers for the new Multipurpose Building, granted money to the PAC Boosters for new playground equipment.

2013: In partnership with Soroptomist of La Grande, purchased software for the Agricultural Program that supports their Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (C.A.S.E.) studies.

2014: Helped to purchase a laser cutting/engraving system for the Agricultural  Program through a $20,000 Wildhorse Foundation grant.

2016: Helped to purchase books for the newly established junior high and high school book clubs and items for the Accelerated Reader store in the elementary school.

2016: Successfully secured a Wildhorse Foundation grant to help with the purchase of LEGO Robotics Kits for the junior high.