CFPD powers Division through grants
The Portage la Prairie School Board heard about all the grants provided to schools throughout the Portage la Prairie School Division at Tuesday's meeting in Portage. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
The Community Foundation of Portage and District (CFPD) was a big help to the Portage la Prairie School Division this year as the local organization granted $66,930 to four different schools for projects or courses offered around the division.
“I want to recognize the CFPD and their granting system and how they support the school division and the programs within it,” says assistant superintendent, Pam Garnham. “It’s really important to us that the community recognize the support the foundation gives to our students and the community.”
Grants were awarded throughout the year to Ecole Crescentview School (ECVS), Fort La Reine School (FLR), La Verendrye School (LVS), and Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI). ECVS received $12,700 for their iPad Project including iPads, cases, storage and app costs applied. The school also received $5,100 toward their breakfast program. Fort la Reine was awarded $9,824 to help out with a kitchen and supplies for the school’s breakfast program. La Verendrye School received an incredible $32,000 grant to help with the construction of a new family room.
“It’s going to be an incredibly beautiful family room that's really needed at LVS,” says Garnham. “PCI was supported in the programs by the CFPD. The breakfast program, the Angling club – which is a fishing club where students create lures and learn about fishing – and the fitness centre."
The totalled amount granted to PCI was $7,306.00. Each school has to apply for the grant individually, which is a thorough process in itself, and then request a letter of support from the School Division office.
“The schools have to show a need for the grant and how the partnership will work, and how it’s going to be engaging the students,” adds Garnham. “The CFPD really spreads their grants out, and in the end, they will be used by everyone in the division.”