SELCO Credit Union awards 65 Creative Learning Scholarships, 17 to C. Oregon Schools


SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KTVZ) – Thanks to its annual SPARK! The Creative Learning Grants program, SELCO Community Credit Union has awarded more than $ 54,000 to 64 educators in 55 schools in Oregon, including 17 programs in 14 schools in central Oregon.

The program, which funds innovative educational and extracurricular projects, provides grants of up to $ 1,000 to K-12 educators in the 27 counties of Oregon served by SELCO.

SELCO’S SPARK! Creative Learning Grants have a long history of supporting teachers who have creative ideas in the classroom, but lack the funds to launch these projects. This year’s grant funding represents an increase of over $ 11,000 from 2020, when 47 grants were awarded to 38 schools.

This year’s recipients will be celebrated on Friday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m. via SELCO’s virtual grant award ceremony, which will be hosted live on Instagram (@selcoccu).

“The basic principle behind SPARK! is in the name – spark creativity, imagination and learning through programs unique to fundraising, ”said Craig Carpenter, SELCO’s senior vice president of business banking and loans. “As students and teachers return to in-person learning this school year, we felt it was more important than ever for SELCO to be a strong advocate in the classroom. “

Among the many notable highlights of the Central Oregon project are a drone-powered geospatial mapping program, a fishing lure construction and fish conservation project, and a book workshop on engagement through cultural diversity and l ‘equity.

Here are the recipients and projects from Central Oregon:

Oregon Center Heather Johnson Bend Tech Academy Wellness and Fitness Program at Marshall High School Bend
Central Oregon Dillon Mucha Logo Design Bend Tech Academy at Marshall High School Bend
Central Oregon Rayne Cedergreen Operation Brain Break Caldera High School Bend
Central Oregon Pascaline Ocana Amplification of 2D art with the power of a press Desert sky Montessori Bend
Central Oregon Allison Gardner Reader’s Workshop: Engagement Through Cultural Diversity and Equity Elk Meadow Elementary School Bend
Central Oregon Maddi Webb Domo Arigato M. Roboto Juniper Elementary School Bend
Central Oregon Stacia Biancucci Feeding Our Brains To Build Resilience Pacific Crest Middle School Bend
Central Oregon Alisa Jeffries Exploring From Above: Geospatial Mapping Trinity Lutheran School Bend
Central Oregon Ken Thorp Rising Projects La Pine High School La Pine
Central Oregon Cari Fike Expands Work Opportunities La Pine High School La Pine
Central Oregon Christina Connelly Gaga Ball Pit Creation MA Lynch Elementary School Redmond
Central Oregon Gina Dietz First Grade STEM Bins Sage Elementary School Redmond
Central Oregon Ashley McDonough Brain Bags Sage Elementary School Redmond
Central Oregon Natalie Richards National Parks STEAM Partner Project Tom McCall Elementary School Redmond
Central Oregon Artesha Ballard Love for Reading Culver Elementary School Culver
Central Oregon Mark Habliston Lure Building Components Culver Culver College
Central Oregon Carmen Lawson Kindergarten Kindergarten Primary School Madras Madras

The committee’s aim is to fund innovative projects that will have the greatest possible impact on students and the greatest opportunity to leave a lasting impression.

A recent example is Elmira Skenzick’s class at Elmira Elementary School, receiving a grant for her “Squiggle Art for Growth Mindset” program. Skenzick and his grade one class used their SPARK! Grant to create a children’s book called “The Magic Garden,” which enabled each student to become a published author by writing and illustrating what they would plant in their own magic garden. “The past two school years have been particularly difficult for families, students and staff,” said Skenzick. “But this grant has been a silver lining through it all.”

For more information on SPARK from SELCO Community Credit Union! Creative Learning Grants or to track the progress of some of the grant recipients, visit

About SELCO Community Credit Union:

Founded 85 years ago by a group of tax-conscious teachers, Springfield-based SELCO Community Credit Union now has more than 143,000 members as the third largest Oregon-based credit union. A not-for-profit, federally insured, member-run financial cooperative with $ 2.5 billion in assets, SELCO offers its member-owners exceptional rates and low fees on a full range of products and services. financial services, including banking services, mortgages, personal services and business loans, investments and insurance. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in any of the 27 Oregon counties served by SELCO. For more information or to become a member today, visit one of the 14 SELCO branches, visit, or dial 800-445-4483.


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