Lane Education Service Board Vacancy: Zone 1

The Lane ESD Board of Directors announced a Board Vacancy for Position 1, Zone 1 at the April 3, 2018 Lane Education Service District Board of Directors Meeting.

The Vacancy Announcement for the Zone 1 Board Member position is available on the Lane ESD website,

  • Zone 1 is located in the Eugene School District, north of 11th Avenue.
  • The Board will accept applications until May 25, 2018. Applications will be collected by the Executive Assistant.
  • Interested parties should be prepared to be interviewed by the Board at the June 5, 2018 Board meeting. The Board will make a selection following interviews and immediately appoint.

Lane ESD is committed to working in partnership with schools, families, and communities to help students succeed. To learn more about Lane ESD, visit

Nature Conservancy Accepting Proposals for School Gardens: Apply by Nov. 3

The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the Gardens program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities.

Whether addressing issues surrounding food deserts, air quality, heat island effect, or storm water collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through garden design and implementation. Nature Works Everywhere gardens are designed to connect students to a global challenge — to protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy.

To that end, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Through the program, young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Public or charter elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible.

Visit the Nature Works Everywhere website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP



Grant Opportunities

GreenWorks Grant
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. Apply by Sept. 30. Learn more and apply here:

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants
Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Toolbox grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. The Fall Grant Cycle is open through September 29, 2017. More info at

Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a K-12 school, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The application period is open September 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017. More info at

Seeds for Education Grant Program
Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15 of the year prior to the grant year. Learn more and apply here:

Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. Apply by Oct. 1. Learn more and apply here:

Elementary School Electronic Recycling Competition is Underway

​During the month of May, Eugene/Springfield elementary schools will compete in a community-wide electronics recycling competition. The results will be weighed and the school with the most pounds of recycled electronics will win.

May 14 to May 19 Collection Sites:
Adams Elementary School
Awbrey Park
Buena Vista Elementary
Camas Ridge Elementary School
Centennial Elementary
Edgewood Community Elementary

May 21 to May 25 Collection Sites:
Bertha Holt
Chavez Elementary
Edison Elementary
Ridgeline Montessori
River Road
Village School
Yujin Gakuen Elementary

Items can also be dropped off at NextStep, 2101 W 10th Ave, M-Sat, 8:30-5pm. Ask that the donation be credited to the participating school of your choice.

This effort helps to divert electronic devices from our landfill, keep reusable electronics available to our community and promote waste reduction activities in schools. Thank you for your participation!


During the month of May, Eugene/Springfield elementary schools will compete in a community-wide electronics recycling competition. The results will be weighed and the school with the most pounds of recycled electronics will win.

Anyone can participate. Drop off any anything with a cord to NextStep and ask that the donation be credited to the participating school of your choice.

This effort helps to divert electronic devices from our landfill, keep reusable electronics available to our community and promote waste reduction activities in schools.

DROP OFF LOCATION: NextStep, 2101 W 10th Ave, M-Sat, 8:30-5pm

There is FREE PICK-UP for large electronic equipment or accessories for local business and government donations. Call 541-686-2366 to schedule a pick-up date.

Participating schools will offer ON-SITE COLLECTION for one week during this effort. Contact Joshua at for details.

Learn More

Secret Life of a Smart Phone
Geared towards 6th to 8th graders, this educational poster shows the life cycle of a cell phone from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. It explains the importance of life cycle management and encourages reuse and recycling. The poster also contains games and activities. Available in both English and Spanish.

FAQs on E-waste
This list of frequently asked questions provides answers to common questions about e-waste management, such as how much e-waste is in the waste stream and what are the benefits of electronics recycling.

Lane County Recycling
It is against state law to dispose of TVs, computers, monitors, and laptops in the garbage. Lane County participates in the statewide collection program E-Cycles, offering free recycling at six Lane County transfer sites.

Open Grant Opportunities

At Camas Ridge, we are thankful for parent Katie Laughlin, who compiled this awesome list of open grant opportunities for staff to review. Grants can be an excellent source of funding for parent groups to support.

OPEN Grant Opportunities (in order of due date):

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge and is a teacher/project specific opportunity for matching funding for projects that take STEM education outside of school and the classroom. There is a good example of a project on the link. It seems $2,000 must be raised from donors and the remainder will be matched by the challenge. This is meant to be a local fundraiser, so it would need to be discussed with PTO. Open until March 24

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met. Open January 15 – April 15

ASM Materials Education Foundation

The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize teacher creativity.

The ASM Materials Education Foundation sponsors 20 annual grants for teachers. Each grant has a value of $500. The purpose of these grants is to enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials scientists play in society. With a network of local Chapters across North America, ASM members are willing to work closely with local teachers to develop and implement these lessons. View a list of Student Chapters in your area and feel free to share this information with other teachers in your district, as cooperative proposals are welcome. Open until May 25

Kids in Need Foundation: Listing of Teacher Grants of $100-$500

More than one funding source described. I.E. Joann’s Fabrics, Elmer’s Glue, etc… Open July 15 – September 30

Toshiba America Foundation

  • Do you teach in an elementary school classroom?
  • Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom?
  • Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?
  • What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students?

K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.

With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Open until October 1 each year.

The James F. and Marion Miller Foundation

The James F. and Marion Miller Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for efforts of K-12 organizations working to strengthen or lift the level of student achievement and success.

Priority will be given to organizations whose basic mission is focused on the arts or education, as opposed to projects that are related to arts or education from organizations whose primary mission is focused on other fields. Open until July 10, October 2nd, 2017.

The NEA Foundation

the foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides grants to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

The grant amounts are $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All applications for the $5,000 group grants must include partner information.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades pre-K–12; a public school education support professional; or a faculty or staff member at a public higher education institution. The foundation encourages education support professionals to apply. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. Open until February 15, June 15, and October 15 each year.

CLOSED Grant Opportunities:

OCF Haiku Poetry Contest
Open August 30 – September 1

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation
Supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. Deadline September 26. Accepting 1500 applications. Once received, application window will be closed.

Target K-12 Field Trip Grants
Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to introduce, through field trips, K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations. Grants are intended to fund field trips to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career- enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from school. Grants of up to $700 will be awarded in January 2017.  Grants are available to applicants from the U.S. for field trips taking place between February and December 2017. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Open August 1 – October 1

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