Willow Public School receives $250,000 grant

Brenden Koch

Willow Public School has been granted $250,000 by the NewSchools Venture Fund.

The Walla Walla charter school was one of 19 schools across the nation to receive money from the California-based philanthropic firm, which uses donations received to support teams of educators and entrepreneurs “who are re-imagining public education to create great results for all students,” according to the NewSchools website.

Willow’s executive director, Dan Calzaretta, said his school was recognized for its efforts to tie personalized learning with a deep commitment to social and emotional learning, along with involving the wider community in designing Willow.

The grant was part of a funding opportunity NewSchools offers every year to spur the growth of innovative schools, said Deborah Veney, director of policy and communications for the organization.

Willow’s grant was part of NewSchools’ “Invent” program, which disperses money for both the planning and launching stages for district and charter schools all around the country, Veney said.