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Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation Grant

Gladys Valley (ne-Leibbrand) graduated from Mac-Hi in 1925 and married Wayne Valley and in 1977 formed the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation in the Bay Area. The Foundation’s mission is to provide grant support to organizations and projects which strive for excellence and carry out their programs in a well-managed and cost-efficient manner, with clearly defined and achievable goals. The Valley Foundation was instrumental in the construction of the new library in the early 2000’s.   In 2003 the Foundation voted to sunset with a target date of September 2018 to allow enough time to exhaust the Foundation assets; the grant awarded to Milton-Freewater Unified School District is part of this wind-down process. 

Over the last seven months the District has been in contact and negotiations with the Valley Foundation about a grant to build a new facility.  This process was started late last spring when the Valley Foundation visited Milton-Freewater to look over Library project.  In discussion with Doug Henrichs, who was the Library Board chairman at the time the Library was built, Tammy Valley (daughter of Wayne and Gladys) posed the question “Is there was anything else the Valley Foundation could do for Milton-Freewater?”  The discussion moved to a new elementary school and Mr. Henrich formed a committee and worked with Architects West to draw out the possibilities. 

On October 29, 2015, the District received word the Valley Foundation had awarded the Milton-Freewater Unified School District a $15 million dollar grant to build a new elementary school.  This grant is contingent on the school district and community passing a matching grant of at least $12.5 million dollars.  What an opportunity for our community!

You can read more about the grant here.

In 2001 the Foundation generously offered a $1.25 million grant to Milton-Freewater to build a new library and in 2003, the completed library was named in honor or of Gladys Leibbrand Valley. 

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