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Learning Experiences 2018 – 2019

The MNF will allocate over $123,000, which includes over $12,000 for children with special needs, in Learning Experiences for the 2018-2019 School Year and 2019 Summer.  In addition, we expect two students to qualify for the Costa Rica foreign exchange program which is separately funded by an anonymous MNF donor.

The two charts below show the funded Learning Experiences by Category and by School.  Multi-School includes our marque PX-2 three-day camp, 4-H camp, Summer Art Program, the Missoula Children’s Theatre camp, and Forest-to-Sea camp operated by North County Recreational District.

2018 – 2019 Learning Experiences (No. of Participants) 

Elementary Schools
Community Arts Project (170) – School-wide learning about artists and time periods, and the opportunity for students to use their creative skills in creating art through guided art lessons
STEM & Science Fair (170) – School-wide science fair to inspire students with science, technology, engineering, and math activities and stations
Portland Newmark Theatre & Lunch in the Park (64) – 2nd and 3rd graders
Train Ride (Garibaldi to Rockaway train ride) Around our Community (64) – 2nd and 3rdgraders
Exploring the World Around Us (40) – Kindergarteners and 1st graders
Oregon State Capitol (73) – 4th and 5th graders learning how laws are made and state history
Battle of the Books Competition (50) – 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders reading books from list provided by State of Oregon and team competition about their readings
Tillamook Forestry Center (73) – 4th and 5th graders learning about the life cycle of salmon and forests
Oregon Bird Man Assembly (170) – School-wide assembly learning about the habits of wild birds
Restaurant Invasion (195) – Exposure of students at all grade levels to finer dining and new foods as taught by local chefs
Oregon Children’s Theatre Jason and the Argonauts, lunch, buy books at Barnes & Noble (42) – 5th graders
Art Moms (195) –monthly art instruction from local artists for all grade levels
Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem (25) – 1st and 2nd graders
Science Field Trip to OMSI (66) – 3rd and 4th graders
Columbia Maritime Museum & Haystack Rock Awareness Program (25) – 1st and 2ndgraders
Raise Fish Fry (25) – 4th graders raising fish fry in class and releasing them in local streams
Fire Department, Tillamook County Library, Nehalem Bay State Park (45) – Kindergarteners and 1st graders
Middle Schools

• Oregon Children’s Theatre Jason and the Argonauts, Lunch (81) – 7th graders

Oregon State University (65) – 8th graders experiencing campus life and learning about STEM careers
Newport Aquarium (70) – 6th graders
Talented and Gifted Camp (20) – 7th and 8th graders given unique learning experiences by Portland Saturday Academy Group
Trail Blazer Game (25) – students attending pre-season game at Blazer skybox arranged by Bucky Buckwalter and hosted by the Blazers
OMEA District III Band Festival (32)
Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital (20) – giving Honor Society students who have raised money for Doernbecher to see children with dire medical needs
Women in Trades (30) – giving 8th graders exposure to trades traditionally under-served by women
Tech Club Lego League & Mini Maker Faire (20) – supporting after school robotics club’s competition and attending Faire showcasing inventions, creativity, and resourcefulness
High Schools
Future Business Leaders Association State Tournament (30) – participation in the Oregon FBLA State Conference
Robotics (15) – students who have developed robots participating in FIRST Tech Challenge League
Talented and Gifted Camp (8) – exposing students to high-level thinking activities with like-skilled peers
Career Expo in Portland (120) – exposing students to careers and post-secondary options
In-School Music Workshop (30) – guest musicians coming to the school to enhance students’musical instrument abilities
Western Oregon University Anatomy Visit (12) – giving 11th and 12th grade students exposure to a real human cadaver as part of their health science studies
Oregon State and Volleyball Game (25) – NKN girls volleyball team watching OSU match and meeting players and coaches
ASPIRE (70) – series of experiences helping students prepare for post-high school life
Art Literature Partnership (12) – broadening students understanding through visual and written artistic creation
Oregon Music Education Association District III Band Festival (30)
CTE Field Trip (15) – helping students learn about careers in the construction trade and training opportunities
Mock Interviews (230) – providing practice and building confidence in completing job applications and interviewing process
Cezar E. Chavez Leadership Conference (15) – providing cultural awareness, pride, and how to make college an option for Spanish-speaking students
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference (1) – student with leadership skills meetingsimilar gifted students from around the state
Medical Explorers (5) – observing and experiencing careers in the medical field
Outdoor Club (14) – connecting students’ understanding and appreciation of the outdoors to enhance their nature writing skills
Engineering Expo at Oregon State University (5) – seeing senior engineering projects and learning about engineering careers
Fish Hatchery (17) – 11th and 12th grade students augmenting their classroom studies of salmon life cycle and survival by visiting the Nehalem River fish hatchery
Multi-Schools
PX2 Weekend Camp (30) – available to all 7th graders interested in learning the power of positive thinking and ways to open the door to positive thinking and creating an avenue to make and reach goals
4H Camp (30) – week-long summer camp in the Salem area for boys and girls
Missoula Children’s Theatre (60) – open to all children interested in having a week-long theatre experience including auditions, rehearsals, and a final production attended by the community
NKN Youth Athletics (100) – donation to an organization providing structured competitive sports for children from 3rd to 6th grades
Summer Art Camp (65) – three, one-week camp for campers age 5 to 12 with hands-on creative art projects and team building activities
Roland Smith Author (580) – assemblies at the elementary and middle schools providing literacy enrichment in both reading and writing which is followed up by teachers incorporating these learnings into their teaching curriculum
Oregon Writers Festival (30) –
Portland Opera to Go (440) – middle and high school English Language Art classes receiving30 minutes of instruction by the actors prior to the performance of Puccini’s La Boheme at the school
S.H.E. Warriors (20) – girls recreational running group providing training for 5K races and instruction on developing a healthy lifestyle
NCRD Swim Program (200) – donation to support swim instruction for children at NCRD
Forest to Sea Summer Camp (25) – Children ages 7 to 10 learning about the connections between people and the natural world
Gardening and Cooking Day Camp (24) – introducing children to farm-to-table concept, plus hands-on activities, and exploring the science behind food
Emergency Preparedness Camp (15) – giving children the skills to handle emergencies.
Special Needs
Great Big Art Bash (18) – Funded by MNF, Bay City Art Center and volunteers providing acomprehensive art education to youth with special needs, while providing nearly 25 hours of respite care relief for parents
Paddle Boat Trip on Nehalem Bay (12) – giving children experience in paddling kayaks and teaching water safety
Think College Inclusion Oregon (6) – trip to Portland State University to learn about its special program for students with special needs
Newport Aquarium (12)fun outing to enjoy and experience this outstanding aquarium
Gales Camp (1) – children and teenagers with Type 1 diabetes from all over the Pacific Northwest have a blast while connecting with other kids living with the same challenges
Camp Taloali (1)camp for the hearing impaired

With approximately 3,000 opportunities annually for children to participate in life expanding activities, the Mudd Nick Foundation focuses on developing Learning Experiences for children that complement, enhance, and broaden what they learn in the classroom.  We direct our efforts and energies on delivering impactful, stimulating, fun and meaningful experiences.  In close partnership with the North Tillamook County schools, we identify and fund opportunities to which local children would not otherwise have access.

These Learning Experiences focus on providing children:

  • access to the arts and cultural activities both within their local area and beyond
  • opportunities to participate in athletic programs
  • ways to build self-esteem and self-reliance
  • a chance to give back to their community.
Mudd Nick Foundation 2017 – 2018 School Year and 2018 Summer Funded Learning Experiences Totaling $164,871
Learning Experiences No. of Amount
Garibaldi Grade School
Community Arts Project 185 $4,000
Summer Reading Program 75 $800
K/1 Team Animal Habitats, Adaption & Traits 52 $1,514
2/3 Team Gilbert House – Museum in Salem 64 $1,370
4/5 Team Tillamook 70 $846
4/5 Team Fort Clatsop 70 $505
4/5 Battle of the Books 35 $1,352
STEM & Science Fair School Wide 185 $1,223
OMSI Portable Planetarium Disc. Dome School Wide 185 $900
2/3 Team OCT Theater and Lunch in the Park 64 $2,060
Total  985 $14,570
Nehalem Elementary School 
Blazer Game 20 $819
K & K/1 Fire Dept, Tillamook Co. Library & NBSP 40 $100
1st/2nd Gilbert House 23 $550
Romanov 1/2 Oregon Coast Aqua./ OMSI Coastal Disc. 22 $1,273
Grade 3 team – OCT, book and lunch 32 $1,138
DeGandi 4th – Raise fish fry 22 $125
DeGandi 4th – Zoo trip – Learn about habitats/Lunch 22 $662
4/5 Team OCT, book and lunch (Cassius Clay) 45 $2,066
Art Moms – Monthly art instruction 184 $900
Summer Reading Program 75 $800
4/5 Battle of the books 30 $1,101
School Wide Assemblies – OMSI & Opera to Go 184 $1,000
OCCT Artist in Residence 184 $1,500
Total  883 $12,034
NKN Middle School
Washington DC Trip 15 $30,000
8th Grade OSU Trip 50 $1,550
6th Grade Newport Aquarium Trip 78 $1,680
7th Grade Ocean Spit 65 $2,900
Oregon Battle of the Books 5 $245
Tech Club – Lego League, Mini Maker Faire Field Trip 40 $2,000
Tag Camp 20 $1,250
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital 20 $400
Total 293 $40,025
NKN High School
Boeing Engineering Trip (5 workshops at Boeing) 28 $6,016
Boys and Girls State $300 per student (students must apply and be accepted by program) 10 $3,000
Grace Miller / Choir Nationals 1 $500
HS Tech Club (6 to 12 students) 8 $900
FBLA State 35 $5,500
Career Expo (up to 120 students) host at HS 40 $810
Financial Reality Fair (up to 215 students) 15 $350
HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference) 1 $225
TAG Weekend Experience 15 $1,250
ASPIRE 60 $240
Total 178 $18,791
Multi School 
PX2 Two Sessions 30 $24,000
NKN Youth Athletics 100 $5,000
4H Camp 30 $11,000
Missoula Theatre 55 $5,000
Youth Track and Field Meet 100+ $1,000
S.H.E Warriors 20 $725
Summer Art Camp 70 $5,000
Skateboard Exhibit & Workshop 15 $100
Partners of the Americas 2 $5,200
Oregon Writers Festival 30 $2,081
Swim Program 185 $1,000
Forest to Sea Day Camp 25 $1,925
Gardening and Cooking Day Camp 25 $2,800
Total 235 $64,831
Special Needs
GBAM & GBAM Jr. 18 $6,000
Gales Camp 1 $350
Mount Hood Kiwanis Family Camp 2 $1,800
Race of Champions – Special Olympics 27 $1,000
Camp Taloali 1 $400
IFLY (MS trampoline center) 10 $1,070
Sensory Regulation Experience for GGS sensory room 25 $1,250
Extra Special Sensory Equipment for NES sensory room 15 $1,250
Community Exploration (MS/HS) 6 $300
Cooking and Physical Movement (MS/HS) 6 $300
Think College Inclusion Oregon – trip to PSU 8 $900
Total  119 $14,620
Total All Learning Experiences  706 $164,871

On April 25, 2014, fifteen students from Neahkahnie Middle School and two from Neahkahnie High School arrived at the Twin Rocks Camp in Rockaway Beach to participate in a life changing weekend experience sponsored by the Mudd Nick Foundation.  These young adults were about to embark on a two day, two night journey into PX2 – the Path to eXtreme Success, developed by the Pacific Institute.  They would participate in a simple, structured process designed to build their understanding of how the human mind works, how a person thinks and how those thoughts affect how the person acts.  The PX2 tools and techniques help students understand how habits, attitudes and beliefs may stand in the way of recognizing and releasing our inner potential.  The PX2 process teaches goal setting, self-reflection and self-evaluation, leading participants to recognize that all individuals are responsible for their own actions.   By accepting responsibility, participants are better equipped to make sound decisions and better choices in life.  The goal is for each student to leave the PX2 training with knowledge and skills needed to take control over his or her own future by changing old habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations; the motto being – Let the “true you” shine!

The PX2 weekend experience was planned and facilitated by two North Tillamook County teachers, Joan Henderson and Donna Miller, who are trained in the PX2 curriculum.  They carefully developed activities and lessons that encouraged cooperative skills, social bonding and self-reflection that enhanced each of the twelve PX2 lesson sessions.

Event Archives

  • Alejandro Quintana-Rios
  • Ali Duer
  • Angel Honts
  • Animesh Patel
  • Aubre Fagen
  • Ben Holm
  • Brenda Edwards
  • Carol Mahoney
  • Charlene Gernert
  • Chris Bennett
  • Chris Moncrieffe
  • Clayton Hall
  • Crystal Dietrich
  • Daisy Woika
  • Ethan Lee
  • Eve Turner
  • Fred Bayouth
  • Garrick Gordon
  • Heidi Buckmaster
  • Janmarie Nugent
  • Jay Woika
  • Julie Goodell
  • Kara Rummage
  • Kathy Jean Hrywnak
  • Kim Miller
  • Kris Troutman
  • Krissa Hadermann
  • Terry White
  • Kristi Woika
  • Kristina Burdick
  • Lilly Cram
  • Lilly Luquette
  • Lydia Felley
  • Madison Scott
  • Mara Soans
  • Michael Hithe
  • Mychael Kelly
  • Perker Fagen
  • Renae Scalabrin
  • Renee Bennett
  • Rossi Nelson
  • Ruben Bitts
  • Ruth Weston
  • Sasha
  • Shannon Mulcahy
  • Sophie Geiger
  • Stacey Dills
  • Sue Gray
  • Travis Bennett
  • Tyler Ernst
  • Wendy Bakker
  • Owen Nicholson
  • Heather Shurford
  • Bill Nealeigh
  • Dick Bremmer
  • Connie Vanderwaal
  • Art Happens
  • Bahama Mama’s
  • Bistro Restaurant
  • Blaine & Susan McElfish
  • Blue Heron French Cheese Company
  • Joey Brister
  • Bunkhouse Restaurant
  • Deborah Anne Burton
  • Buttercup
  • Ross Chapman
  • Tim Chryst
  • Cloud & Leaf Bookstore
  • Coast Cabins
  • Columbia Bank Manzanita Branch
  • Linda Cook
  • Creative Fabrics
  • Dennis’ 7 Dees Seaside
  • Marta DeVolt
  • Dixie’s Vino
  • Donovan & Micheal Wabs
  • El Trio Loco
  • Elite Car Wash Finnesterre
  • Flamingo Jims
  • Four Paws on the Beach
  • Garibaldi Charters
  • Garibaldi House Inn & Suites
  • Garibaldi Museum
  • Garibaldi Portside Bistro
  • Hal’s Emporium
  • Handy Creek Bakery
  • Highlands Golf Club
  • Irish Table
  • John Isbell
  • Jeffrey Hull Gallery
  • Kathy Shaw Art
  • Kendra’s River Inn
  • Nancy & Richard Kieburtz Kimmel’s Hardware LLC – True Value
  • Dan Kress
  • Left Coast Siesta
  • Lodge at Columbia Point
  • Michael & Joanne Love
  • Lum’s Auto Center
  • MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar
  • Manzanita Clean
  • Manzanita Coffee Company
  • Manzanita Lighthouse Pub and Grub
  • Manzanita News & Espresso Donald & Janice Markle
  • Marzano’s
  • Tim McCarty
  • Katie McRae
  • Mingo West
  • Tom & Andie Moore
  • Mo’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Mother Nature’s Fresh foods
  • Moxie
  • Myrtlewood Factory
  • Nehalem Bay Winery
  • Nehalem Lumber Co.
  • Bill & Kathy Nicholson
  • Doug & Michele Nicholson
  • Eric & Sara Nicholson
  • North County Recreation District
  • North Coast Watchman
  • OffShore Grill & Coffee House
  • Oregon Coast Lavender
  • Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
  • Pacific Seafood
  • Julia Parazin
  • Pelican and Piper LLC
  • Charles & Amanda Perkins
  • Jim Peters
  • Pirates Cove Restaurant
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Dan Rice
  • Elaina and CJ Robinson
  • Recology
  • Roby’s Furniture Rosenbergs
  • Builders Supply
  • Mike & Kathy Rulli
  • Salt & Paper
  • Jorge Salmeron
  • Salmonberry Saloon
  • San Dune Inn
  • Shay Bradshaw-Scharbach
  • Schwietert’s Cones and Candy
  • Sea Glass Virtual Services
  • Sisters and Pete’s Coffee and Treats
  • Skip Rognlien
  • Rob & Angelle Soans
  • Chad & Candace Spencer
  • Bill Stoller
  • Sunset Vacation Rentals
  • Syzygy
  • Tempus Cellars
  • The Ocean Lodge
  • The Roost
  • The Polynesian Resort
  • Tillamook Farmer’s Co-op & Country Store
  • Tradewinds Motel
  • Trillium
  • T-Spot Yarn Gifts & Chocolates
  • Unfurl
  • Vacation Villages of America
  • Lynn & Amy Villemyer
  • Wanda’s Cafe
  • Warehouse 10 Market
  • Lularoe Julee Ward
  • Wheeler Marina
  • Wheeler on the Bay Lodge
  • Melani Mangum-Williams
  • Ken & Anna Wilkes
  • Wisteria Chic
  • Homer & Janet Wood
  • Yoga Roots Studio
  • Yolk Restaurant
  • Alejandro Quintana-Rios
  • Ali Duer
  • Angel Honts
  • Animesh Patel
  • Aubre Fagen
  • Ben Holm
  • Brenda Edwards
  • Carol Mahoney
  • Charlene Gernert
  • Chris Bennett
  • Chris Moncrieffe
  • Clayton Hall
  • Crystal Dietrich
  • Daisy Woika
  • Ethan Lee
  • Eve Turner
  • Fred Bayouth
  • Garrick Gordon
  • Heidi Buckmaster
  • Janmarie Nugent
  • Jay Woika
  • Julie Goodell
  • Kara Rummage
  • Kathy Jean Hrywnak
  • Kim Miller
  • Kris Troutman
  • Krissa Hadermann
  • Kristi Woika
  • Kristina Burdick
  • Lilly Cram
  • Lilly Luquette
  • Lydia Felley
  • Madison Scott
  • Mara Soans
  • Michael Hithe
  • Mychael Kelly
  • Perker Fagen
  • Renae Scalabrin
  • Renee Bennett
  • Rossi Nelson
  • Ruben Bitts
  • Ruth Weston
  • Sasha
  • Shannon Mulcahy
  • Sophie Geiger
  • Stacey Dills
  • Sue Gray
  • Travis Bennett
  • Tyler Ernst
  • Wendy Bakker

Treasurer’s Corner Archives

Thanks to a record number of attendees, audience competition in our $250 Help a Child bidding, bidding on our fantastic silent and live auction donations, and from our many sponsorships, the Mudd Nick Foundation raised $105,790 at our annual Golf Tournament and Charity Dinner in September, which eclipsed our previous event revenue by 5%.  We expect total revenues for calendar year 2019 to set a record at $215,000.  This includes over $17,000 in remembrance donations to our beloved Jim Mudd who died in October 2018.  This bring the total remembrance donations for Jim to $36,000 – a fitting tribute to our co-founder.  The donation sources chart indicates that 49% of our revenue came from our annual Golf Tournament and Charity Event.  It also shows that 11% came from the Kelly’s Brighton Marina Crab Derby, so we hope you will support that event on June 6, 2020.

Given the revenue support we received from our wonderful supporters, we are committing $140,000 to fund Learning Experiences for the 2019-2020 school year and 2020 summer that will cover all students in District 56 in North Tillamook County.  This funding level will enable us to send 15 8th graders to Washington DC, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and a Civil War battlefield during Spring Break in March 2020.  Students who went to Washington DC in 2018 received an unforgettable experience and absorbed US history first-hand.  We are also offering our marque PX2 three-day camp to interested 7th graders.  Funding also includes about $11,000 dedicated to Learning Experiences for children with special needs.

One chart shows the funded, non-special needs Learning Experiences breakdown by category, and the other shows it by school, representing nearly 3,000 children participations in our 57 Learning Experiences for typical children.  Our children with special needs will have four experiences, representing 148 children experiences.  Also listed is a brief description of our Learning Experiences for the 2019-2020 school year and summer.

The week following our 2018 annual Event, Jim was overwhelmed to learn our Event revenues were $83,600.  A tremendous THANK YOU to those who attended and bid on the outstanding assortment of live and silent auction items including the numerous $250 Help a Child donations, bought Blinkies and 50/50 raffle tickets, and from our generous Event sponsors.  Jim wanted to know if I thought we would have a record revenue year.  I told him it was unlikely we would eclipse our 2016 record year of $203,000; but we could now expect a GREAT year, to which he said “WOW, isn’t that wonderful!”  Thanks to the $16,555 the Foundation has received to date in donations to Jim’s Remembrance, our revenues, with year-end In-Kind donations, reached a record 210,000!  Jim would be blown away by the amazing support given to provide live changing experiences to children in North Tillamook County.

Thanks to the numerous volunteer hours donated by our Board and other wonderful people, around 80% of our donations go directly to fund our Learning Experiences and provide a reserve to maintain the quality of life-changing experiences for our children.