(BOISE) – Thanks to a generous contribution from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the help of District 19 Representatives Mat Erpelding and Melissa Wintrow and Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb, seven Boise-area public schools and 122 elementary teachers will share a $10,000 donation.
Also, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Boise High and North Junior High will each receive $500 from the $10,000 donation. AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income minority families. The students are supported by the AVID elective, which is designed to support their accelerated studies.
“Across our great state, Idaho students deserve the best education we can give them. We strongly believe that the Boise Public Schools Foundation and the AVID program are making a difference in the lives of students and we hope their efforts and programs will be bolstered by this donation,” said Chairman Chief Allan of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
“We are very grateful for this contribution,” said Dr. Don Coberly, Boise School District Superintendent. “The AVID program has a proven track record of preparing students to enter and succeed in college. In addition, our elementary teachers will be able to purchase additional supplies that will directly benefit our classrooms and students.”
D19 legislators were instrumental in working with Tribal leaders to gain understanding of the need for funding in their district.
“The Tribe has been a consistent and dedicated advocate for education across Idaho,” said Senator Buckner-Webb. “Their support for teachers, students and education is much appreciated.”
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will make the donation directly to the Boise Public Schools Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the Boise School District for 30 years.
“This is an impressive gift that will benefit thousands of Boise School District students and educators,” said Jennifer Henderson, Executive Director for the Boise Public Schools Foundation. “This is a perfect fit for our Foundation, whose mission is to help teachers implement creative ideas and expand learning experiences in the classroom.”