About the Crater Foundation
What We Do
To establish a self-perpetuating foundation that will assist District 6 students and schools in the areas of scholarships, extracurricular activities, capital improvements and human needs.
The main emphasis is in the area of scholarship; the goal is that every graduating senior from Crater High School who applies for scholarship assistance receives money for college tuition.
The Crater Foundation is a non profit organization established in 1992 to assist students in School District #6.
The Crater Foundation provides scholarship assistance to every graduating senior from Crater High School who applies for one, provides scholarship assistance to students continuing their education (after completing at least one year of college), provides financial aid to students and families in need, supplies funds to purchase necessary items such as coats, shoes, school supplies, and classroom materials.
Additionally, the Crater Foundation assists the district in funding special building projects and athletic facility improvements.
All funding comes from individuals, families, businesses, organizations, alumni, and district employees.
Finally, the Foundation supports an alumni association and mails a newsletter three times a year to approximately 9000 alumni.
How We Began
In 1991 Laurie Lucas, a 1990 Crater High graduate, died in a tragic non-combat accident while serving in the United States Air Force.
Upon her death, her family donated $4000 to Crater High School for the purpose of establishing a scholarship fund for a graduating Crater High Softball player.
The generous donation inspired a small group of volunteers to create an organization to support District 6 students by securing donations from community members, businesses, and families.
In 1992 these volunteers applied and received Non-Profit status and the Crater Foundation was born.
In 2004, the Crater Foundation changed its bylaws to accommodate the growing demands of the Foundation.
The Crater Foundation finds its home in the halls of Crater High thanks to the efforts of District 6 and Crater High School.
Since its inception, the Crater Foundation has awarded over $5 million in scholarship assistance to more than 4500 Crater High graduates.
The Crater Foundation is governed by an eighteen member Board Of Directors. Each member serves a three year term, with six terms expiring each year.
CRATER FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2019 – 2022
BITTLE, WILLEEN – Retired school secretary – special education assistant
COOPER, WARREN – General Manager Butler Automotive
DIMICK, JOHN – Retired Agriculture teacher – rancher/farmer
HANSON, CARRIE – Executive Director West, Cheney, Arthur R. Dubs Foundation
HAWKINS, MORGAN – Client Relations Manager – Co-Founder/Managing LLC Member
HERNANDEZ, ROB – Retired owner S & B Construction
HIGINBOTHAM, EMMALEE – Clinic director – co-owner Higinbotham Farms
KEETON, JERI – Retired Vice President Washington Federal Bank
MANARY, CANDY – Retired teacher, Principal and School Superintendent
MCCLAIN, MIKE – Retired teacher, Principal and School Superintendent
MEUNIER, MIKE – School District Director of Personnel
SHIPLEY, AMY – Executive Secretary School District
SPEASL, DAN – Retired teacher, coach, Athletic Director – Career Counselor
TONN, HARVEY – Retired teacher, coach and Principal
TUERS, SCOTT – Former teacher, Current Captain with Jackson County Fire District 3
WILSON, ALICIA – Crater graduate – Attorney at Law
ZAGAR, LINDSEY – Marketing manager, Del Rio Vineyards
The Crater Foundation’s role in District 6 has expanded over the years to include an array of support beyond providing scholarships to Crater High graduates.
The Crater Foundation has provided for students and families in District 6 with financial needs, including clothing, school supplies, and food.
The Crater Foundation, the Central Point Rotary Club and the Jackson County New Car Dealers partner together yearly to provide school supplies to every kindergarten student entering School District 6.
Providing Grants to Schools
The Crater Foundation provides funds to each school in the district every year to be used for students. These schools identify students in need and provide them with assistance.
In addition, The Crater Foundation provides assistance to special projects through grant requests for District 6 schools. To date, we have contributed funds to:
- build a computer lab in Hanby Middle School
- install a flag pole at Patrick Elementary
- purchase silk screen equipment to create t-shirts for District 6 special events
- obtain weight equipment for the Crater weight room
- purchase print materials for the production of posters for the Crater School of Business
- purchase of a wrestling mat at Scenic Middle School
- upgrade sound and lighting in the Crater Student Center
- provided partnership in “Threads of Hope” – Students assisting students in a construction of a pantry to provide clothes, essentials, and food for Crater High School students
Support for Athletic Events and Facilities
The Crater Foundation played an instrumental role in coordinating the fundraising efforts to install a new artificial field for Dutch Meyer Stadium. We raised the necessary funds of $850,000 to turn this dream into a reality!
We have also sponsored the radio broadcasts for sporting events.
The Crater Foundation provides a barbecue trailer for fundraising opportunities, team lunches and dinners as well as support for all schools in the district for student reward events.
Crater High School Hall of Fame
After a hiatus of more than twelve years, the Crater Foundation, resurrected the Crater High School Hal of Fame in the spring of 2016. After some discussion the Crater High School Athletic Hall of Fame has been expanded to inlude an Achievement Hall of Fame. Although the Crater Foundation has never been involved with the Hall of Fame selections and/or inductions, our Board of Directors felt strongly enough that they endorsed the Crater Foundation taking ownership of the Crater High School Hall of Fame. The School District Board of Directors and School District Superintendent also endorsed the move by taking action to help with financial support. The first induction ceremony took place in April 2016 and the second took place in October 2016. October is designated as Hall of Fame induction month.
For more information about the criteria for Hall of Fame candidates, as well as those already selected, go to the Alumni Association link on this web site.
The Crater Foundation is in the initial stages of implementing the Mentor Program to assist Crater High School Graduates in their journey into post-secondary education opportunities.
The Crater Foundation is recognized by the State of Oregon as a non-profit organization and has tax–exempt status under IRS section 501(C)(3). The Foundation tax identification number is 93-1076130.