Priority 1

Better education for a better community.

In June 2016, our founding Board members concluded that based on research, Centralia’s underfunded public schools were an absolute priority. That research showed there is a steep decline in poverty rates as educational levels increase. And a 2016 American Community Survey showed only 14% of those living in Centralia have a college degree, lagging U.S. rates (30%), Washington state (33%), greater Seattle (37%), and even nearby Chehalis (21%).

Therefore, education is at the top of our agenda. Through opportunities in education we can enhance the outcomes for the 75% of our impoverished students who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to go on to college or become prepared for a rewarding career. We are partnering with the Centralia School District, Centralia College, and Advisors and Mentors. Together we will create a highly ranked educational system.

The desire and energy exist within our citizens, our teachers, and our administrators. Supporting education will benefit the whole community because highly ranked schools will attract people and businesses to move here. This combination provides a quality of life that everyone can enjoy.

Through philanthropic investment, we are working together for a better future.