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Peninsula Educational Grants


2015 Applications Are Now Closed

The Peninsula Education Grant Program (PEG) offers charitable grants to fund programs, materials, and related resource needs for educators to assist in providing learning and growing opportunities for their students.

Grants are available to educators in all primary or secondary classes for both public and accredited private schools within Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam and Grays Harbor Counties. The grant amounts will be awarded between $300.00 - $500.00 for implementation of new programs, continuation of existing programs, materials, equipment, or supplies. Applications have been made available to school districts as well as in our branches.

All applicants are encouraged to be individual members of Peninsula Credit Union (with their own member number), but it is NOT a requirement. Grant applications must be submitted or postmarked by April 17, 2015. Grant recipients will be notified and funds will be distributed to the respective School Districts for allocation to the grant winners.

For more information and a copy of the application, please click the link below:

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Previous Grant Recipients

Teacher School Location Grades  Project Description Award
Michele L. Evans Bordeaux Elementary Shelton K-5th grades Tumble Into Books $400
Michael J. Siptroth Belfair Elementary Belfair 1st -5th grades Environmental Studies  $500
Michele L. Jennings Grapeview Elementary Shelton K - 8th grades PE Equipment $495
Ronald P. Grinnell Choice High School Shelton 10th-12th Hands-on Biology $473
Amanda L. Shelton Hidden Creek Elementary Port Orchard 3rd-6th grades Giving Autism a Voice $500
Carol DeFeo Sand Hill Elementary Belfair 3rd grade Nature Trail Enrichment $500
Lisa Olin Olympic Middle School Shelton 6th & 7th grades Math Intervention Support $500
Katheryn L. Roller Bordeaux Elementary Shelton 5th  grade 5th grade outdoor school $500
Melanie L. Eacrett Mary M. Knight Elem. Shelton 1st grade First Grade Needs Technol. $500
Melissa D. Speigle Evergreen Elementary Shelton 5th grade Recording for Reading $500
Jeanne E. Korver Evergreen Elementary Shelton Kindergarten Books for Book Bags $472
Victoria L. Larson Shelton High School Shelton 10th-12th grades Positive Behavior $500
Adele C. Berg-Layton Sand Hill Elementary Belfair K-5th grades Purchase musical instruments $500

2010 Grant Recipients

Teacher School Location Grades  Project Description
Tom Churchill Hood Canal School Mason Co. 1st - 8th Basketballs for reading
Ellen Thomas Chimicum Creek Jefferson Co K -2nd Peaceful playground activities
Susan Harris Evergreen Elem. Shelton 1st  Learning to read in 2 languages
Michele Evans Bordeaux Elem. Shelton K-5th Technology grant
Kelly Lester Bordeaux Elem. Shelton K-2nd Technology grant
Marcia Stewart Swan School Port Townsend Pre-6th Library stock purchase
David Ketter Sequim HS Sequim 9th-12th School habitat project
Suzanne Mullen Belfair Elem Belfair Pre K-K Book bag exchange
Barbara Boad Sand Hill Elem Belfair K -5th Student magazine
Susan Park Greywolf Elem Sequim 3rd-5th Camp I Can
Ronald Grinnell Choice HS Shelton 9th-12th Solar powered car
Mark Jensen Shelton HS Shelton 10th-12th Replace PE equipment
Lisa Deen Pt Townsend HS Port Townsend 6th-12th Special needs program



Project Description:  We purchased basketballs to be distributed to students who met a reading goal of 100 points earned in our Accelerated Reading program.  They earn points for reading books and taking comprehension tests regarding the book.

Project Outcomes:  We were able to purchase 65 basketballs from Baden Sports in Federal Way at a discounted price.  They have college logos on them and are outdoor quality.  To date, we have given away 23 of them to students who have reached the standard of earning 100 points.  This is an excellent incentive for students at our school.

Thank you for your support of this program.  Basketballs are such a great incentive for kids.  They are reading more as a result.

Tom Churchill
Hood Canal School District




Project Description:  Peaceful Playgrounds is a school-based physical activity program with the goals and research support that has shown to increase children’s activity level, decrease bullying and decrease playground injuries. 

Project Outcomes:  Chimacum Elementary started advocating for the program and got the backing fro the staff.  School counselor, Ellen Thomas wrote and received a $500 grant through Peninsula Credit Union’s Education Grant Program.  The PTA group as well as the school itself contributed support for implementing the program.  In August, a group of volunteers painted a variety of colorful games and activities on the blacktop of the playground.  Games included alphabet and number grids, a multi-use circle, a counting track, a tic-tac-toe bean bag toss, a hit-the-stick game and a freeze-out court.  It took almost two weeks to complete the project.  The kids were ready to play on it when they returned to school this past fall.  “Being able to play cooperatively in an outside structured environment empowers children, and teaches them to work cooperatively in the classroom as well,” said Thomas.  “It also instills responsibility and conflict resolution skills that transcend from playground to the classroom, the home and the community.”  It is an easy, inexpensive program and has been nationally rated as best in class.  According to Thomas, it has been reported by principals to reduce playground injuries by 67%, bullying incidents by 66%, and it helps kids be 87% more physically active.

According to Thomas, “There are so many new play options now, and they have noticed a crop in the number of altercations that normally occur during recess.  Students are learning to work together and play fair, and are really enjoying leaning new games and skills.  It has been so rewarding to watch the whole program unfold!”

Ellen Thomas
Chimacum Creek Primary Counselor




I am writing on behalf of myself and the staff at Bordeaux Elementary to thank you for the funds granted to my class for our Tumble Books Project.  I am excited to have this program up and running in our school and out to use by many of the students and staff here at Bordeaux.

The TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they love.  This program gives our entire school access to the TumbleBookLibrary, which allows students to listen to and read along with virtual books at their level.  All books are animated and model fluent reading skills.  The students at Bordeaux use this program daily and are riveted any time it is in use!  They love it!

Thank you so much for your generosity in awarding me this grant which had made this possible for our 2010-2011 school year.

Michele Evans
2nd Grade Teacher
Bordeaux Elementary, Shelton




Project Description: Book bags were assembled and distributed to parents/families through the child’s classroom teachers.  Once a book bag was returned, another bag could be checked out.  This provided a constant source for reading at home.

Project Outcomes:  Books for the bags were purchased and put into bags.  Each bag was designed to have books covering a variety of topics.  The CAR reading strategy method was printed on cards, laminated and secured to each book bag.  Parents were introduced to the CAR method of reading to their children.

Book bags are dispersed and checked out through the classroom teachers.  Families are able to keep the bags for as long as they like.  However, parents are also encouraged to return them in a timely manner so that new book bags can be sent home.

Book bags have been sent home and are rotating to all families in the Early Childhood Special Education program.

Surveys will be completed and the effectiveness as well as comments and concerns will be addressed during parent/teacher conferences at the end of March.

Parental feedback has been positive and children have shared stories at school.

Suzanne Mullen
Belfair Elementary School



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