Whatever happened to...? A new greenhouse is under way at Tenino High thanks to donation

lpemberton@theolympian.comDecember 31, 2013 

A donor sent the district a check for $200,000 earmarked for music and vocational ed programs. District officials also were informed that the donor, who is a Tenino High School alumnus, had set aside an additional $1 million for the school upon his death.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TENINO SCHOOL DISTRICT.

Tenino School District officials say they’re following the wishes of a benefactor: They’re still keeping his name a secret, and have begun investing his donation into vocational and music education programs at Tenino High School. 

“I can tell you to date we have spent $22,530.81 for new musical instruments and $70,246.52 for various voc projects, most significantly the new greenhouse is about 50 percent complete at this time,” Tenino superintendent Russ Pickett said.  

This spring, a donor sent the district a check for $200,000 earmarked for music and vocational ed programs. District officials also were informed that the donor, who is a Tenino High School alumnus, had set aside an additional $1 million for the school upon his death. 

“He just had real fond memories of the community and the school district and wanted to give back,” Pickett said in an earlier interview. 

More recently Pickett said that he wants to honor the donor’s request by not repeating some of the earlier specifics that were given out when the donation was announced in May. He said the donor was uncomfortable that some of that information that could possibly reveal his identity. 

“We think it’s wonderful to receive such a great gift, but I get the impression that his anonymity is paramount,” Pickett said.  

One of the district’s first purchases were a set of chimes, some large instruments and new drums to replace ones that were more than a decade old for the school’s award-winning drum line.

“Students love the new instruments –- it’s like Christmas,” band director Andrew Bowerly said in the spring. “When you have the opportunity to play on drums not held together by duct tape, it gives students a great sense of pride.”  

The district also is considering using some of the money to construct a pole barn for the high school’s agriculture program.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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