The Kettle Falls School District is in the process of a STEM classroom renovation project, made possible by a $1.6 million grant.
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit that advances science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
In partnership with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington STEM awarded $4 million in grants statewide to schools, school districts, educational service districts and other higher education institutions to support computer science education.
Grant recipients were required to partner with private organizations and individuals to receive a 1:1 match, effectively doubling the state’s investment.
Less than a year ago, Superintendent Thaynan Knowlton and former Kettle Falls High School Principal Jim Hill went to local businesses pitching the idea of the Washington STEM grant. For the match, they needed to raise $100,000.
Thanks to the support of local industry, Kettle Falls School District was one of six educational organizations in the state to receive this highly competitive grant.