Wildhorse grants to benefit area students

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Area children will benefit from the latest grant awards of the Wildhorse Foundation, given to 27 recipients for the second quarter in 2007 for a total of $175,200.

The quarter’s largest grant went to Umatilla Morrow County Head Start to help fund the construction of a 5,000-square-foot building in Milton-Freewater. The building will house both the Head Start preschool services and the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, according to a news release.

McLoughlin High School was among the grant recipients, securing $5,000 for staffing and supplies for a homework club at the school.

Weston Middle School in the Athena-Weston School District also received $5,500 for the purchase of new athletic uniforms and to replace protective mats.

Umatilla Morrow County Head Start Inc, based in Hermiston, will receive $20,000 for a 5,000 square foot, single story building and improvements of the Head Start and WIC program.

Head Start is a child development program serving children 3-5 years old and their families. The federal program has an overall goal of increasing the school readiness of children in low-income families.

WIC is a nutritional program geared to support the health and well-being of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5. Through the program, participants receive information on healthy eating, nutritious foods, and referrals to health care.

The Wildhorse Foundation is a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

The foundation has awarded a total of $396,000 in grants so far this year.

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