Cash, lumber and guitars: community donates to schools

Many community members in the Hood River County continue to support the school district through donations. Listed below are the donations, grouped by school, that were received from Jan. 25 through March 14.

Businesses, organizations, families and individuals donated a total of $38,609.79.

May Street

Elementary

n $20 from Tamiko and Eric Ruhlen

n $8,500 in coffee sale revenues through the May Street Elementary School PTO from Brian and Jennifer Graves

n $1,000 from the Happy Human Ornament Sale through the May Street Elementary PTO from CJ and Erika Rench

n $5,000 from William and Jennifer Vaglienti

n $265 in library books from David and Kimberly Maddy

n $672.70 from Pizzicato Restaurant through the May Street Elementary School Dough for Dollars event

n $45 worth of salsa from Veronica’s Salsa to May Street Elementary School for the Hispanic Parents Night

n $45 in food donations from Guadalajara Market to May Street Elementary School Hispanic Parents Night

n $15.50 in chips from Juanita’s Tortillas to May Street Elementary School Hispanic Parents Night

Westside Elementary

n $700 worth of school supplies from Staples

Parkdale Elementary

n Two iPods valued at $380 from Kelly Dittmar

Cascade Locks School

n $150 worth of books from Mary Hanrahan

n $1005. in memory of Robert Foley from The Friends and Family of Robert Foley

Hood River

Middle School

n $5,000 from Bill and Jenny Vaglienti

n An M-Audio Black Box Guitar Amp and strings valued at $300 from David Klein

n A Yamaha Electric Piano keyboard valued at $250 from Chris and Jennifer Johnston

n An Alvarez Guitar valued at $250 from David Schmenger

n An antique banjo valued at $150 from Chris Brown

n A pistel valued at $25 from Mary Jensen

n $500 from Guy and Kristi Fenner and the Fenner Foundation

n $500 from Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fenner and the Fenner Foundation l

Wy’east Middle School

n $200 in tortilla chips to the Wy’east Middle School Fall Eagle Fest from Juanita’s Fine Foods

n $750 in school supplies, office supplies and a computer printer from Victor Pavlenko

n $636 in books from Rebecca Swartzentruber

n $15 worth of cups from Dutch Brothers Coffee

n $400 toward the purchase of a new kiln from Jenny Copper

n 52 board feet of lumber valued at $200 from Larry Visser

Hood River Valley

High School

n $25 to the Hood River Valley High School Ski Team from Nate DeVol and Dog River Coffee

n $100 from Hood River Supply to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $50 from Jodi Jones and 5th Element Salon to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $175 from Elaine Udelius to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $50 from All Women’s Health to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $400 from Sagetech Industries to the Hood River Valley High School robotics team

n $200 from West Side Fire Department to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $100 from Stadelman Fruit to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $50 from Columbia State Bank to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $132 from Gorge Delight to the Hood River Valley High School Hi Point Sponsorship

n $250 from Waste Watch Inc. to Hood River Valley High School ski team

n $250 from Juanita’s Marketa to Hood River Valley High School robotics team

n $2,800 worth of books from Jenny Copper

n $25 from Duane Lee Nelson Poetry to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $50 from G.S. Long of Oregon to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $175 from Hidden Meadow Farm and Bob and Sue Maddy to the Hood River Valley High School equestrian team

n $1,000 from Donald and Bonnie Benton and the D&B Family Scholarship

n $5,503.59 in grant money from the Hood River Education Foundation

n $250 from Juanita’s Fine Foods to the Hood River Valley High School robotics team

n $50 worth of softball equipment from Sherry Tenhet to the Hood River Valley High School softball program

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