Facebook’s Prineville, Ore., Data Center Announces 2014 Local Community Action Grants

PrinevilleDataCenterCoverImage650Facebook will donate more than $105,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations in Crook County, Ore., as part of the Local Community Action Grants program via its data center in Prineville, Ore.

The social network outlined the grants in a note on the Prineville Data Center page, inviting recipients to a reception and tour at the facility Friday, April 4.

The Local Community Action Grants program was launched in 2011, and Facebook’s donations via the program now total $415,000.

The 2014 recipients are:

  • Advantage Smiles for Kids, $3,000: To provide orthodontic treatment for low-income, at-risk children in Crook County. Brace Place of Central Oregon will match the award as in-kind treatment.
  • Central Oregon Community College Prineville Campus and Crook County High School, $10,000: To provide a new, 12-week Comp TIA A+ Certification course, the starting point for those seeking careers in IT, in partnership with Crook County High School.
  • Children’s Vision Foundation, $5,500: To provide community vision screenings and reports to all Crook County elementary schools and families.
  • Christmas in the Pines, $5,000: To provide ice skating rink, bazaars, community crafters, and local vendors.
  • Crook County Foundation, $5,000: Funding local high-school bands and family activities for the Picnic in the Park kickoff celebration.
  • Crook County High School and Middle School Track and Field, $1,500: To provide a laptop and Hy-Tek for the high-school and middle-school track teams to run larger and more efficient track meets, bringing more teams and business to Prineville.
  • Crook County High School Computer Science Department, $8,000: To provide essential tools and supplies to provide student training in programming, video production, and electronics.
  • Crook County High School Science Department, $8,000: To further outfit the physics and chemistry lab and life science lab. Purchases include 12 Lab Quest Minis, 12 blood-pressure sensors, 12 EKG sensors, six oxygen sensors, and three Lab Quest 2 Interfaces.
  • Crook County High School Senior All Night Party 2014, $2,500: To pay for a venue for the alcohol- and drug-free, senior all-night graduation party. Students and parents raise all funds for this celebration.
  • Crook County High School Youth Transition Program, $3,500: To purchase the computer, software, and associated hardware for point-of-sale training in the YTP program and the special education department.
  • Crook County Kids Inc., $3,400: To purchase and implement Kidtrax, a Web-based management system to safely account for youth members during club hours and organize and secure sensitive family information.
  • Crook County Middle School Science Department KidWind Project, $10,000: To fund the second Prineville KidWind Challenge, a student-driven, wind-turbine design competition, and to further science, technology, engineering, math, and sustainability education.
  • Crook County School District Torches n’ Pitchforks Literary Journal, $4,000: To purchase two laptop computers with high-end graphics capabilities plus two software accounts to the Adobe creative cloud, in order to transform Torches n’ Pitchforks into a student-directed endeavor under teacher advisement.
  • Crook County School District Dual Language Program, $1,800: To purchase 20 additional hand-held computerized learning devices for disadvantaged youth attending Ochoco Elementary School, to improve letter and sound recognition and phonemic awareness for preschool and kindergarten students.
  • Crook County School District Kindergarten Classes, $4,800: To purchase 30 Leap Frog TAG reading pens for four kindergarten classes in the Crook County School District.
  • Crook County Speech Language Pathology Department, $1,500: To supply iPads to two speech-language pathology assistants who serve grades K-12, directly impacting 152 students receiving special education services for communication, and extend to children served through the Response to Intervention Model, co-teaching environments, and consultation.
  • Crooked River Roundup, $5,000: To provide funding for national-level rodeo acts and athletes.
  • Healthy Beginnings, $1,500: To support a health and developmental community-screening clinic in Prineville, allowing Healthy Beginnings to continue offering this critical service to young children in Crook County.
  • Heart of Oregon Corps, $9,000: To help fund three crews of local youth for eight weeks of summer employment. In the field, youth gain skills while building trails, preventing wildfires, and connecting with their public lands.
  • Humane Society of the Ochocos, $5,000: To promote microchip application throughout Crook County by documenting and registering each pet equipped with a microchip.
  • Pioneer High School, $7,000: To purchase 25 laptop computers, providing each classroom with the tools needed for daily research and product development required for students’ online independent study courses, proficiency-based courses, and writing courses.

Facebook said applications for its 2015 Local Community Action Grants open Oct. 1.

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