By Jill Richardson
Idaho Power awarded 31 grants to organizations from Eastern Oregon to Pocatello in honor of the 2013 Powering Tomorrow Grant. Canyon Counties Parks and Southwest Idaho Resource, Conservation and Development Council received $1000 of that grant money for their Bus Scholarship Fund to help schools with the cost of transportation to continue to participate in outdoor education at Celebration Park in Melba and Wilson Springs in Nampa.
Dan Smith, Idaho Power Customer Representative, and Andie Falconburg, Community Education Representative for Idaho Power, presented to award plaque and check to Canyon County Deputy Director Kathy Kershner and Canyon County Parks Manager Brittany Jones on Friday morning April 12 at Celebration Park.
The Bus Scholarship Fund will assist 10 schools with $100 each, which should cover the cost of operating one bus to transport students to the park. For years Celebration Park has provided field trip opportunities that meet Idaho State Standards Curriculum.
“Not only is this an opportunity to reinforce curriculum they are learning in school, because all our programs are put together with Idaho State Standards in mind, but it gets the students outdoors also,” said Kershner.
Celebration Park will host thousands of students from over 100 schools in spring and early fall each year. They rotate groups between four sites, Atlatl range, petroglyphs, Indian Life Ways presentation and the historic Guffey Bridge.
Kershner says that money helps keep PTO’s and teachers motivated and excited to keep raising money for opportunities for programs like this.
“We would like to convey our thanks to Idaho Power,” said Kershner. “Everybody that we have been in contact with at Idaho Power has been wonderful. We really appreciate this.”
“Some schools would not be able to make the trip in these times with budget cuts without this money,” said Kershner.