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Northshore Schools Foundation awards more than $80,000 for local education programs
The more than 9,000 students in the Northshore School District will benefit from thousands of dollars being awarded to their schools and classrooms by the Northshore Schools Foundation (NSF).
During last Tuesday's school board meeting, NSF Director Carmin Dalziel and President Sherry Krainick presented a check for $80,100 to School Board President Julia Lacey and Superintendent Larry Francois.
"The Foundation exists to mobilize and support our students by ensuring they get the education they deserve, our parents expect and the workplace demands," said Dalziel. "We work to build partnerships between parents, community members and businesses that enhance the efforts of the district and that ultimately result in our students having the opportunity to achieve academic support and excellence in their lives."
The funds were raised during the 2011-12 school through numerous activities in events including the Phone-a-thon, Pour for Northshore, Light a Fire for Learning, Milk Money community change drive and other workplace giving and partnership events.
The $80,100 in funds were granted after a district-wide granting process which identified district needs that aligned with NSF's funding initiatives of Literacy; Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners; Teacher Excellence; Science, Technology, Engineering; and Enhancement Programming.
Funds from the grant will be directed to the Career and College readiness programs in the following areas: National Board Teacher Certification, Community Schools, Advanced Math Education and Healthy Youth/McKinney Vento students.
Eighteen thousand dollars of this grant is going directly to classroom teachers who have embarked on enhancing their lesson plans to innovatively incorporate new teaching strategies and projects, while ensuring that students meet required benchmarks for learning.
"The innovative classroom grant process is one our favorite things to fund," Dalziel said. "It gives us an opportunity to support new thinking and creative ways of curriculum delivery. It's exciting to invest in forward thinking."
An additional $2,500 of the grant, from a partnership with the Northshore PTSA, will go towards shelving for emergency preparedness equipment for three Woodinville elementary schools.
For more information, please visit www.NorthshoreSchoolsFoundation.org.