The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) Farmworker Education Committee
selected ten recipients this spring to receive grants for their activities
fostering and promoting scholastic success for farmworkers and their families. In total $24,222 was awarded to community
and school programs through the WAEF Farmworker/Ag Worker Education program
The grant selection committee made award decisions focusing on the four key priorities of the program: to reduce high school drop-out rates and improve higher level education achievement rates of at-risk students; to improve long-term learning outcomes through access to effective early education programs; to increase economic self-sufficiency and further generational upward mobility; and to improve cross-cultural communications through English language literacy.
2013 Grant Recipients:
Early Education: Orondo School District's Ready for Kindergarten program received $2150 to support involvement for families in their district with pre-K children. Catholic Family & Child Services Child Care Resource & Referral received $2000 for its Madison House (Yakima) Kaleidoscope Play and Learn program needs. Children's Reading Foundation received $2000 for a pilot summer Ready for Kindergarten program to be conducted in a housing development near Pasco.
At-Risk Youth: Columbia Elementary School received $2500 to support its accelerated reading program. Madison House, a program of the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, was granted $3500 to underwrite needs of its student tutoring curriculum.
Adult ESL: Lake Chelan School District was selected to receive $2672 for its parent empowerment program serving parents in Chelan and Manson school districts.
Friends of Buena Library was granted $2900 for adult ESL classes. La Casa Hogar (Yakima) received $2000 for educational programs and administrative support. Ready by Five received $1500 to purchase headphones for adult learning. Chelan Douglas Community Action Council (Wenatchee) was selected to receive $3000 to support the Literacy Council of Chelan & Douglas Counties.
WAEF partners with others in the community to provide funding for the Farmworker Education Program grants. Thank you to corporate donors Costco Wholesale, Chelan Fresh, Jim Matson Memorial Fund, Oneonta Trading Corporation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Washington Fruit and Produce Company and Wells Fargo for your contributions that make these awards possible.