These communities receive grants for landscaping, beautification and other projects

The following is a press release from the Idaho Community Foundation.

The Idaho Community Foundation awards grants totaling more than $140,000 for east and southeast Idaho’s educational efforts and for landscaping, beautification and public recreation in the region.

The educational grants are from the Idaho Future Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation and total $98,000. Recipients are:

Challis Public Library (Custer) – $10,000 to offer an after-school Skills Lab program 2-3 days per week for grades K-12.

Island Park Charter School (Fremont) – $20,000 to provide high-quality preschool and kindergarten and offer an after-school program for students in pre-K through 5th grade.

North Gem Education Foundation (Caribou) – $15,000 to update the K-5 science program with hands-on learning kits that will enhance the curriculum.

Oneida County Library (Oneida) – $10,000 to provide a summer reading program for youth ages 0-18 aimed at preventing “summer roller coaster” with free books and a reward party.

Salmon Pioneer Elementary School (Lemhi) – $8,000 to purchase and install playground equipment for the school and purchase a set of soccer standards.

Teton Valley Education Foundation (Teton) – $15,000 to provide in-school Spanish lessons for elementary students, teacher grants and support programs and resources for families with children ages 0-8.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho (Power) – $20,000 to provide preschool scholarships.

Landscaping, beautification and public recreation grants are from the Ifft Foundation Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation. It was established by Nick Ifft, the former publisher of the Idaho State Journal newspaper in Pocatello, and his wife Sara Ifft. Nick died in 2003 and Sara died in 2017. Their foundation has awarded more than $2 million since 2001.

Recipients are:

American Falls School District #381 (Power) – $9,600 to purchase more mature pine trees to surround the American Falls High School football field and replace those that have died. The original trees were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936.
City of Aberdeen (Bingham) – $5,000 to purchase planters, flowers and custom waste bins for the city center of Aberdeen.

Montpelier Community Foundation, Inc. (Bear Lake) – $8,000 to landscape the new Heritage Park and create a space that is welcoming and memorable for community members and visitors.

Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital (Oneida) – $4,500 to improve landscaping around the hospital, including removing overgrown shrubs and improving the memorial garden with new planters, plants and signs.

Portneuf Greenway Foundation, Inc. (bannock) – $10,000 to extend the Brennan Trail between the Portneuf River and the North Main Extension (matching funds for a grant from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation).

Samaria Community Foundation (Oneida) – $6,950 for landscaping to further beautify the grounds by adding shade and privacy and to develop a new pollinator garden area.

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