BLACKFOOT â€” The Lillian Vallely School received a large grant to fund a portion of the construction costs on a new building currently underway.
The Lillian Vallely School received $50,000 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund. The fund was established through a generous $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation from Boise philanthropist Gladys Langroise to support the health, education and welfare of children. Langroise died in early 2000, just prior to her 100th birthday.
The award of $50,000 was the third-largest awarded in the state. The Boise Philharmonic and The College of Idaho received the two largest grants of $100,000 each followed by the Childrenâ€™s Home Society, which received $75,000. A total of $600,640 was awarded to non-profits in every region of Idaho.
Lillian Vallely Principal Jeff Nauman said the funds will be used to help fund the construction of a new administration and kitchen/dining building. Construction on the building began in the fall and is expected to be complete in March.
â€śItâ€™s going to make a huge improvement,â€ť Nauman said. â€śWe are extremely grateful for their support.â€ť
The Lillian Vallely School opened in 1998 as a non-profit, private Christian school. In 1999, the school moved to its current location at 350 South 700 West, just off the reservation southwest of Blackfoot. Currently, the school has more than 30 students in grades K-5, and hopes to expand soon to include early childhood education to reach children at an earlier age, Nauman said.
In addition to the school, other Bingham County recipients include the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Health and Human Services, which received $7,640 and Firth Middle School, which received $5,000.
The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide public non-profit organization whose goal is to have a permanent endowment of charitable dollars that will serve Idaho forever. A gift of any size to ICF can support a fund that will provide for a donorâ€™s favorite charity or cause forever. Starting a fund of $25,000 or more allows donors to individually select the recipients.
For more information visit www.idcomfdn.org.