The Future Is Being Created Today. Last school year we asked a few W.F. West seniors and science teachers to share their thoughts and experiences having worked with the STEM programs and equipment made available by the Chehalis Foundation. In their words, you will hear the impact that the Beyond K-12 Student Achievement Initiative has made.

Chehalis Foundation began investing in the Chehalis Student Achievement Initiative 5 years ago. Because the Foundation’s investments over the past five years have been so successful, we have committed to fund the expansion of these programs to offer more to all Chehalis students. We will be providing key leadership and fundraising to make the Beyond K-12 Student Achievement Initiative even more successful. Take a look at what the school district is doing to help our students succeed.

Since 2003, we have completed over twenty successful projects that have renovated public parks and recreational facilities, supported civic improvements and have enhanced educational excellence in Chehalis Schools. We do these projects in partnership with the city, Chehalis School District and our community. We all share the belief  that a vibrant community is a healthy community and while these projects will help our hometown for generations to come, we know there is still much more to do.

There is a reason people give to the Chehalis Foundation. People and businesses give to the Chehalis Foundation because they believe in the work they are doing for the community. For over a decade the Foundation has been supporting improvements in the city, renovating parks and more recently they have been investing in educational programs in our schools.

In 2003, Chehalis City Councilor Dr. Isaac Pope, saw a need to provide opportunities for the community without using taxpayer dollars. With the support and help of former Lewis County Commissioner Joanne Schwartz, they recruited like-minded leaders who shared this vision and who would dedicate time and resources to enhance the community. As a result, the Chehalis Foundation was born. This is what Orin Smith refers to as “Inspired Thinking”.

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