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NSD approves contract with teachers

  • Written by Don Mann
Northshore School District (NSD) Board of Directors approved the two-year contract with the Northshore Education Association (NSA), including the 2011-12 school calendar, at its June 28 meeting. The 2011-12 calendar follows the same format as last year with the first day of school before Labor Day on August 31 and finishing on June 18. As usual, emergency make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

In other news, the district will continue implementation of its Community Schools initiative at the junior high level thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Seattle Foundation, the largest education grant the foundation awarded in June. The project started at Kenmore, Northshore and Skyview junior high schools during the 2010-11 school year and will expand to Canyon Park Junior High next school year.

The Seattle Foundation initially awarded the district a $100,000 planning grant in 2010 to develop community partnerships and engagement opportunities to help break down barriers to student achievement at the junior high level.

The Seattle Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations, was founded in 1946 and today makes more than 1,600 grants to nonprofit organizations annually. Community foundations provide a structure for donors to establish philanthropic funds according to their interests and preferred involvement.

In fact, in what’s being called the biggest single day of charitable giving in King County history, more than 18,800 donations totaling more than $3.5 million were made to nonprofit organizations on June 23 during The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge.

A "stretch pool" of an additional $500,000 was provided by GiveBIG partners, bringing the total amount raised to more than $4 million.

The stretch pool will be distributed among all of the approximately 900 nonprofits that received donations during GiveBIG. Each nonprofit will receive a portion of the stretch pool according to the percentage it received of the total amount GiveBIG donations.

"GiveBIG proved that King County residents are both generous and dedicated to improving their communities," said Norman Rice, president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation. "This event represents the democratization of philanthropy, in which everyone can make a difference in the world around them."

The Seattle Public Library Foundation received the most donations by a single nonprofit organization, totaling $75,143 from 713 donors. 21 Acres of Woodinville received $5,930.85 in donations, according to spokesperson Brenda Vanderloop.

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