FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Plum Creek Supplies Whiteboards
Grant Provides New Boards for Classrooms
Bill Frings, Oregon Unit Resource Manager for Plum Creek, presents the check to Birth To Three's Immediate Past President Donna Moore and Executive Director Minalee Saks
A grant from Plum Creek Foundation will enable Birth To Three to upgrade its Eugene, Ore., facility. The $1,600 grant will be used to purchase new whiteboards for the classrooms.
Birth To Three offers a range of programs to parents of young children, from newborns through 8 years old. The agency helps single parents, working parents, highly stressed parents, teen-age parents and Spanish-speaking parents, regardless of their ability to pay.
“Research clearly shows that healthy parent-child attachment is a key factor in abuse avoidance and the success of children in school and throughout the rest of their lives,” says Executive Director Minalee Saks. “All of Birth To Three’s programs are built on universal principals and respect for parents and children, giving our programs broad appeal to families from a wide spectrum of socio-economic, educational, cultural and geographic conditions.”
The agency’s classrooms are used both for group-based parent education and for staff training, which means that whiteboards in each room receive heavy use. The boards installed when Birth To Three purchased and renovated the building have worn out and are unusable. The new whiteboards mean groups and meetings will have space for notes again.
Founded in 1978, Birth To Three has served more than 89,000 parents and children in Lane County, and its programs are now successfully used in 218 communities in Oregon as well as 46 other states and 17 countries.
Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation with approximately 6.8 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. In Oregon, Plum Creek practices sustainable forestry on all of its 430,000 acres in the western part of the state.