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Help Maple Elementary win $5,000 to beautify the school!

Maple Elementary is one of nine finalists in the running to receive up to $5,000 Community Builder grant from OnPoint Community Credit Union. The funding would be used to beautify the school grounds with hundreds of colorful flowers – but they need community votes to win!

Schools from across the state submitted their proposals for projects that would inspire creativity and foster community at their schools. Four schools, selected by the OnPoint Prize Committee will receive a $2,000 prize, while one lucky school, determined by online community votes, will receive a $5,000 prize. Voting is open through Tuesday, May 4 and Community Builder winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 11.

What's the project all about?

If awarded the money, Maple staff would purchase a number of flower bulbs to plant in the front of the school, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and camas, a flower highly valued by the local Kalapuya tribe. The front of the school is currently void of any plants or flowers.

The beautification efforts aim to bring staff together to complete a common (and fun!) goal, but also serves as a project that will benefit the surrounding community as funds would also be used to purchase enough gardening supplies for community members to take part in the project.

Should the school win, area families would be invited to participate in the planting and beautification of the school grounds in the fall and the community will be able to appreciate the efforts for years to come as the bulbs will bloom annually.

“After being separated for so much of this school year, we want to make this a community-building event that takes place in the fall and that we get to enjoy in the spring,” said Sara Starlin, a speech pathologist at the school who was in charge of submitting the application for the grant.

“It represents the process of long-term effort,” Starlin said. “You don’t always see the benefit of your work immediately – we don’t always get that immediate gratification. This is a great example of that."

Additionally, due to the pandemic, accessible outdoor learning spaces are critical. Teachers and students would use these garden spaces for science units, inspiration for art projects and creative writing as well as a calm space where students can take a break, Starlin said. After a year spent online, these hands-on learning opportunities will be integral to students’ education.

Learn more + vote!

To learn more about the project proposal, visit this link (and scroll to about halfway down the page) 

To vote for Maple, click here!