Madras Elementary School will build an outdoor basketball court this summer with a $10,000 grant from the Portland Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Chris Wyland, the school’s principal, said he was told by the NBA team’s foundation about the grant Feb. 27, and the funding will arrive at the end of March. Jefferson County School District staff will install the court over the summer, he said.

According to Wyland, the school only served students from kindergarten through second grade until two years ago, when it was expanded to K-5. Because of that, the indoor gym’s hoops are only 7 feet. The new outdoor facility will have regulation, 10-foot hoops.

The principal said he was excited about giving the school’s older students more options during recess.

“One of the things we have to do is provide the proper equipment to help them have a really fun time during recess, but also give them as many opportunities as we can to be active,” he said.

The Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo split $100,000 in grants between 14 schools in Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, which paid for projects for each school. Other schools east of the Cascades that received Trail Blazer grants include Burns High School, which got new books and an interactive touchscreen for its library; Gilchrist School, where its 7-12th-grade AVID program received funds for field trips to college campuses and supplies; and Nixya’awii Community School in Pendleton will send 12 high school students on a tour of Oregon colleges.

A representative from the Trail Blazers could not be reached for comment.

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