School district partners with InvestEd to remove barriers for students

  • Written by Madeline Coats

Thanks to an initial anonymous donation and the support of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, Northshore Schools Foundation has budgeted more than $43,000 for a new partnership with InvestEd. 

InvestEd is a local nonprofit focused on providing aid to secondary students in immediate need. The foundation, serving students and teachers in Northshore School District, aims to keep low-income students in school by ensuring their needs are being met.

“We envision a district where all students can thrive, regardless of their family’s financial situation,” said Anthony Moran, president of Northshore Schools Foundation. 

This statewide program allows trained school staff members to directly access a school-specific fund to cover basic needs. These funds provide clothing, lunches, class fees, field trip fees, textbooks, ASB cards or other necessary expenses that families cannot afford for their student. 

Schools can record how and when funds were used during the year, making the reporting process quick and easy to use. Since the funds are accessed directly, administrative time will be reduced and privacy for low-income students will be respected.   

“We raise funds to support student and teacher excellence, but we don’t do this work alone,” Moran said. “Partnerships are vital, and our newest partnership with InvestEd allows our schools to be more nimble when help is needed.”

According to the foundation, more than 200 Northshore students experience homelessness each year. Tired, hungry and worried children struggle to learn and succeed in school when larger problems are on their minds. 

The foundation and the Woodinville Chamber both support students in the community through generous donations. “Removing Barriers,” one of the foundation’s top priorities, provides funding for student needs that cannot otherwise be funded by public dollars. The chamber helps by raising money and building partnerships to achieve the school district’s priorities. 

InvestED funding comes from individual donors, foundations, corporations, events and local fundraisers. In the 2018-19 school year, 23,664 students from 635 schools benefitted from the program.

Twelve schools are participating in this program, including Skyview, Leota, Timbercrest, Kenmore, Canyon Park and Northshore middle schools and Woodinville, Bothell, Inglemoor and North Creek high schools. The Secondary Academy for Success and Northshore Networks are also taking part in the district’s partnership.

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