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NSIF Commits Funds to Hillsboro

Beaverton, Ore. (August 8, 2011) – The Nike School Innovation Fund (NSIF) today announced it is awarding a $96,476 grant to the Hillsboro school district to support its 2011 Early Learning Summer Academy. This announcement comes on the heels of NSIF’s grant of $159,000 on August 4 to Beaverton public schools in support of a similar program, and marks the fifth consecutive year that NSIF has supported both districts’ summer early intervention programs. Over the past five years, NSIF has contributed $471,500 to the Hillsboro program and has served 1,577 children in need of extra academic assistance.

The announcement was made this morning by Lori Emerick, NIKE Director of Global Leadership & Management Development, at the Hillsboro summer academy site at Rosedale Elementary School at a visit with State Representative Katie Eyre Brewer and Hillsboro School Assistant Superintendent Steve Larson to the school’s Early Learning Summer Program.

“Hillsboro’s innovative summer academy, with its targeted intervention and strong literacy program, is just what at-risk students need to get to the next academic level and NSIF is proud to support it for a fifth year,” said Emerick. “These hard-working kids will be entering the 2011 school year in just a few weeks with new skills and a new confidence about their academic abilities that is invaluable.”

The grant supports 400 students entering second and third grade this fall who are at risk of not meeting the end-of-year benchmark (approximately one year below grade level). During the four-week summer program, targeted, supplemental instruction has been focused on reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.

Said Hillsboro Schools Assistant Superintendant Steve Larson, “Students operating at below grade level are at increased risk of experiencing a ‘summer slide’ in their skills. Through our summer academy’s specifically designed program, they won’t lose as many of their basic reading skills and can have the momentum they need in the fall to keep building this base and to increase the probability of meeting the end of the year benchmark goal. We are very appreciative of NSIF and their ongoing support of this critical program.”

Classes in Hillsboro began July 18 and run through August 11, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rosedale Elementary School. Hillsboro students were eligible through screening and teacher recommendation.

About NSIF: The Nike School Innovation Fund is a $9-million, five-year commitment begun in 2007 to support public education in Beaverton, Hillsboro and Portland, Oregon school districts. NSIF’s goal is to support innovation in education and leadership to improve student achievement. NSIF does that by lending support, expertise, and dollars in two primary areas: Early Learner Grants and School Leadership Grants. The NSIF is an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, a 501c (3) corporation. An Advisory Board that includes representatives of the Beaverton, Hillsboro and Portland Public School districts, NIKE and national education and business leaders advise the NSIF.

View the NSIF video here.

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