The Friends of the Oregon School District group received their second grant in the past month to help fund programming.

FOSD was one of several charities nationwide to receive a grant from TDS during its 50th anniversary year. The “50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative” provides $50,000 to charities across the country, based solely on employee recommendations and votes, according to a TDS news release last month.

The group was nominated by Tom Schaefer, a parent in the school district who said it’s “exciting to see the community come together” for the group’s various fundraisers.

“I have seen firsthand how (FOSD) has positively affected students that attend school with my children in the district,” he said in the news release.

FOSD was founded in 2016 by a group of Oregon School District parents to eliminate barriers to success for students by providing funding to help with food, transportation, extracurricular opportunities, access to technology and mentoring. Last month, the group received a $2,500 Alliant Energy Foundation grant for its food pack initiative that supplies breakfast and lunch items to students during the school breaks.

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