May 21, 2004
To raise the athletic and academic performance of Jordan High School students, the Weyerhauser Company Foundation this week awarded a $20,000 grant to establish an academic tutoring program, to provide nutritious team training meals and to buy and upgrade equipment.
Jordan varsity football coach Scott Meyer wrote a letter to the foundation in February requesting a donation of $1,000 to upgrade equipment and improve the academic achievement of 150 athletes. The foundation was impressed and responded by inviting him to ask for more through a formal grant process. This month the forest products company foundation awarded the larger grant.
"Weyerhauser is helping more Jordan students excel academically and athletically," said Meyer. "They will become stronger, better students and athletes because of this grant."
The project supports the goals of helping students to be good citizens in the community, effective role models on campus and outstanding competitors on the field. It is designed to increase their opportunity for success after they leave Jordan as graduates.
Meyer plans to provide the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football team players with a tutorial program that will teach important study skills and test-taking skills. In addition, tutors will help students with homework and special assignments. This additional support should help meet the team goal of at least a 2.75 GPA while encouraging life-long learning skills.
Thanks to the grant, players will sit down to nutritious team meals between intensive summer practice sessions and before each game. Meyer will improve the nutritional content of what his players eat and help them make wise food choices.
The Weyerhauser Foundation funds will also provide new game jerseys, practice pants, footballs and safety equipment and some upgrading of the school's weight training room.