Fifth Grade Camp Spaghetti Feed a Success!

Congratulations to 2018 Spaghetti Feed, hosted this year by Jefferson Elementary School, that raised nearly $12,000 to support Fifth Grade Camp.  This annual Pullman Education Foundation fundraiser is coordinated on a rotating basis by Pullman Elementary Schools.  PEF would like to thank the community for their support of this long time tradition of bringing elementary school students together at camp before their transition to middle school.  Special thanks to food donations from SouthFork Public House and Pullman Firefighter Union 1892 and committee chair Meg Gollnick.  

Pullman Education Foundation recently provided a grant for the purchase of 4 wall tents and 44 cots to expand the housing options at Camp Wooten. 

Pullman Education Foundation recently provided a grant for the purchase of 4 wall tents and 44 cots to expand the housing options at Camp Wooten. 

2017 Teacher Grant Awards

2017 recipients of the Teacher Grant Program are:

Franklin Elementary School
Nancy Nelson, Ann Lee, Scott Randall  (2nd Grade) – Book Club Collection Books
Heather Lohrmeyer (4th Grade) – Alternative Student Seating Resources
Sunnyside Elementary School
Salina King, Meghan McKeirnan, Shelley Opgenorth (5th Grade) - Everyday Counts Math Calendar
Lincoln Middle School
Amy Ripley (6th Grade English) - Lit Circle Collection
Madison Dissmore, Elizabeth Powell (6th Grade Math) - Math Manipulatives/Support Materials
Marla Haugen (7th Grade) – Outdoor Education Measurement Tools
Pullman High School
Dan Bromley (French 2)- World War I Cheese Tasting
District Libraries
Julie Udy (All Levels) – Books and DVDs

Pullman Education Foundation Supports Innovation 

Innovation is a key component of engaging students in the classroom today. Amy Bumpus, teacher at Lincoln Middle School, has found a way to do just that. And her work was recognized this school year by the Pullman Education Foundation.

The Pullman Education Foundation, committed to supporting the Pullman School District, awarded the inaugural Innovation Grant to Bumpus in August, 2017. The $10,000 award was used to purchase Chromebooks which are used to collaboratively teach English to all Pullman middle school students.

“I knew that it would be an awesome thing to have a class set of Chromebooks, but I don’t think I fully grasped just how incredible and important it would be until now. It has been fantastic,” Bumpus reported this past fall semester. Collaborations have begun not only across science classrooms, but also subjects. There is work being done with the teaching team in social studies as well. Bumpus went on to write, “Having access to Chromebooks any time we want them allowed us to do a fairly involved project the first week of school.”

The Innovation Grant has a goal of supporting projects and programming that will allow teachers, teams, or buildings to implement innovative learning initiatives that not currently in the District budget. Projects must be approved and endorsed by the District, building leadership, and any other teachers involved in the concept.


Focusing on meeting students where they are individually through learning and educational experience is a side benefit Bumpus didn’t necessarily build in to her proposal, but has grown from the project.

“Another way that learning has been enhanced in my classroom is through the use of Google Classroom and the way that platform form allows me to differentiate instruction. Here you can see a portion of my classroom stream – in it you can see 4 separate assignments, tailored to individual needs that I’ve given to small groups of students,” Bumpus wrote in a December update.

Funding for this type of award is made possible through private support from community members who give to the unrestricted fund at the PEF. Annual appeals for this tax-deductible support will be sent in early 2018.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Innovation Grant are available now through the Pullman School District with a deadline of March 1, 2018. Funding will be available to the selected grant winner in August 2018.

The Foundation (PEF) was established in 1994 to improve the quality of education within the Pullman School District by providing resources for programs for which federal, state and local funding is inadequate and to further improve the quality of education and enhance community support for public education.

For more information about the Innovation Grant, or about the Pullman Education Foundation, please contact Board President Sandra Albers at or visit Innovation Grant Overview.

2017 College Scholarship Recipients 

Congratulations to the Pullman High School Class of 2017!

Noah Stephen Francis Evermann Humanitarian Award $2500:  Jake Cillay

Corinne Simasko $1700:  Ivy Woltering

Jessica Clark $1000:  Makenzie Druffel

Karin Myklebust $1000:  Carolena Sears

Mary Paznokas $500:  Kelsey Zweigle

Ryan Brindamour $1000:  Emmanuel Jaiyola

Class of 1948 $1000:  Victora Heinlen

Class of 1956 $750:  Brandon Libey

Class of 1960 $1000:  Joe Tingstad

Chapter S PEO $1500:  Sydney Atchison