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Northshore Schools Foundation awards more than $103,800 for education programs
Northshore School District students will benefit more than 39,000 times from thousands of dollars being awarded to their schools and classrooms by the Northshore Schools Foundation.
Northshore Schools Foundation Executive Director Carmin Dalziel and President Sherry Krainick presented a check for $103,800 to school board President Julia Lacey and Superintendent Larry Francois at the Sept. 24 school board meeting.
Funds were raised during the 2012-13 school year through numerous programs presented by the Foundation, including the Phone-a-thon, The Pour for Northshore, Light A Fire for Learning Luncheon, retired NSD Staff brunch, Milk Money community change drive, designated workplace giving and several other partnership events.
“We are grateful to the parents, staff and community members whose donations to the Northshore Schools Foundation help provide support for important academic programs, supports for students and professional development,” said Lacey.
A district-wide granting process identified what the needs of the NSD were and aligned those needs with Foundation funding initiatives. Funds from the grant will be directed to these key projects over the next school year:
• Making school accessible by supporting McKinney Vento students, community schools, natural leaders and the District Prevention Team.
• Encouraging junior high special education students with mid-level novels
• Providing career and technical education programs district-wide
• Supporting students who are excelling with college level textbooks and programs to support highly capable elementary math students.
The grant allows $26,000 for classroom teachers who are enhancing their lesson plans to incorporate new teaching strategies and projects while insuring that students meet required benchmarks for learning.
New elementary teachers professional development – and National Board teacher certification - will receive $24,000 of the grant.
Additionally, $2,500 is a result of a partnership with the Northshore PTSA, which has supported emergency preparedness in schools for the past decade. That partnership, along with the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, will allow four elementary schools and one junior high to receive shelves for their new emergency containers, insuring that supplies stay accessible and usable longer.
This granting process is one of three ways the Foundation provides funding support for the Northshore School District. In the 2012-13 school year, the Foundation awarded more than $140,000 in grants to support district-wide programs.
The Foundation is now turning its attention to raise funds to promote literacy by providing classroom libraries, support for teachers to obtain National Board certification and to give students the opportunity to compete in regional and national academic competitions.
Teacher and student excellence have been identified as the focus of its upcoming All in for Kids Campaign. This campaign runs throughout the month of October, engaging parents and community members to invest in the value of an excellent public education.
For more information, visit the Northshore Schools Foundation website.