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Northshore Schools Foundation grants its millionth dollar
Since its first grant of $4975 in 1995, the Northshore Schools Foundation has grown its support to the Northshore School District and reached a significant milestone of its millionth dollar granted.
Northshore Schools Foundation Vice President Becky Birch and Executive Director Carmin Dalziel presented a check for nearly $56,000 to Northshore School District Superintendent Larry Francois and School Board President Janet Quinn in support of the District's educational programs at the March 11 school board meeting.
The funds were granted after a district-wide granting process which identified District needs that aligned with Foundation funding initiatives of Literacy; Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners; Teacher Excellence; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; and Enhancement Programming. Funds from the grant will be directed to four key projects over the next school year:
- $28,715 for teacher training and National Board Teacher candidate support
- $13,500 for classroom libraries for new teachers to support the District's elementary literacy curriculum adoption
- $5,000 for Leveled/Hi-Low & Spanish books for readers who are 2 or more years below grade level, books for their age and interest
- $3,900 for Hi-Cap Math, District-wide Math Olympiad competition and to support a partnership between Woodinville elementary schools and Woodinville Heritage Society
"This grant is significant because it represents several community partnerships and takes us beyond the million dollar mark," said Dalziel. "Funds raised are a result of the participation of thousands of community members over the Fall fundraising activities, including money raised as a part of the All in For Kids phone campaign, Pour for Northshore, Molbaks Northshore Holiday Showcase, the Taste of the Holidays event and several local workplace giving campaigns."
Although the Foundation has reached a milestone, it is still holding more than $1million dollars' worth of funding requests from the District.
The 11th annual Light A Fire for Learning Luncheon will be held April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lynnwood Convention Center, with the intention of raising funds to support the District's efforts to insure that all students graduate prepared for the career or college of their choice.