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The Corvallis Schools Foundation is hosting its "March Madness Fundraiser" on Tuesday, March 6.

Harlene Marks is a member of the foundation board that provides additional and inventive opportunities to Corvallis students.

“The Corvallis Schools Foundation makes grants to the Corvallis staff so they can do innovative projects with the kids in their classroom and beyond,” Marks said. “It is not to supplement the budget but it is to do additional technical or extra-curricular activities with the children.”

Marks said the foundation provides innovative enrichment and educational opportunities.

“For example, for outdoor education projects that we sponsor they can learn new things through hands-on projects, special trips like the Science Olympiad and Special Ed is going to be doing a coffee cart where the kids will be learning about communication skills, money and responsibility,” she said. “We do a wide variety of projects.”

The Corvallis Schools Foundation was formed in 1998 as a non-profit tax exempt foundation to augments the education of Corvallis students. Currently, Ray Dunbar is the president and Tonia Bloom is the vice-president.

The Corvallis Schools Foundation’s new website, www.csfmontana.com, lists past projects, board members, future goals and how to apply for a grant or get involved with the foundation.

Recent high school grants awarded include handheld and wireless microphones, a tenor saxophone for the band program, gazebo seating, support for the F1 competition, equipment for science, math, engineering, art and math, and funding toward the trip to the National Speech Tournament.

Marks said the foundation is dependent on community donations and invites everyone to the "March Madness Fundraiser" 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Wild Mare in Corvallis.

“We are having appetizers, sliders, sides, desserts and games like the March Madness hundred squares where one can win depending on which team wins the championship in the NCAA finals,” Marks said. “We have a live and silent auction - all of that is going on in one evening.”

The March Madness live auctioneer is Doug Mason. The CFS board members have gathered valuable live auction items including two season tickets for Montana Grizzly Football – seats in the north end zone, “The Yellowstone Cabin Experience” for three nights in a three-bedroom cabin close to the north east entrance to the park; a fly fishing float trip for two on the Bitterroot River; a two-person one-hour scenic flight over the Bitterroot Valley by 40-year pilot Denise Mowat; and a round of golf at the Stock Farm Golf Club.

The silent auction has over 30 items donated by the community including a dinner at Spice of Life and concert tickets to the Performing Arts Center, lift tickets to Lost Trail Powder Mountain, massage, yoga, food, beverages, basket items and sports equipment.

For the March Madness event, the Wild Mare is providing the main buffet and CSF is providing appetizers and desserts. The Boxxe Shoppe is providing a platter of their gourmet cheeses as appetizers.

“Our goal is to inspire the staff for their ideas and their growth of education for kids and to help make that happen,” Marks said. “At the event we will be giving an innovation award to the grant given last year that was the most innovative.”

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on line www.cfsmontana.com or in Corvallis at the Corvallis School District Office, Corvallis Physical Therapy, and First Security Bank, or in Hamilton at The Boxxe Shoppe and Farmers State Bank.

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