$100,000 donation to support high school activities

Brian Hill
Anne Wenzel

A donation of $100,000 will support the participation of Grand Valley high school students in extracurricular activities.

Mesa County School District 51, School District 51 Foundation and Western Colorado Community Foundation announced the Pat and Tillie Bishop Legacy Fund.

Central, Fruita Monument, Grand Junction, Palisade and R-5 High Schools will all receive support from the fund for music, sports and drama programs as well as academic, agricultural, business, robotics and speaking groups.

“Both Pat and Tillie understand the importance of investing in and supporting the children of our community. And thanks to their generous donation, after-school activities at all five D51 High Schools will thrive in a way that will positively impact many many D51 students for years to come,” said Brian Hill, Superintendent of School District 51.

Angela Christensen, executive director of the School District 51 Foundation, agreed. “This generous gift will have a lasting impact in our community. And for the students who benefit from these funds, it has the potential to change their lives. »

Anne Wenzel, president and CEO of the Western Colorado Community Foundation, said the foundation created the fund as the legacy of the late Pat and Tillie Bishop, who were public school teachers. Tillie Bishop was also a trustee and later trustee of what is now Colorado Mesa University.

“What a fitting philanthropic legacy to fund club and extracurricular activities in our district to benefit our high school students,” Wenzel said. “This funding will support the exploration of different interests and the development of skills to complement their academic learning.

Lanc Selden, principal of Central High School, also welcomed the donation. “These funds are a game changer for so many groups and clubs within a school. Our hope is to increase the opportunities available to all students through increased extracurricular activities and less worry about fundraising for events, supplies, or competition travel.

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