Northshore Schools Foundation hands down $35,000 grant to district

  • Written by Don Mann
Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, shown above in her flight suit, will be the keynote speaker at the Light A Fire For Learning luncheon. Courtesy photo.
The Northshore Schools Foundation is serious about providing the Northshore School District with financial support for S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and showed it Tuesday when Foundation co-presidents Karissa Webster and Kristin Austin presented NSD board president Julia Lacey with a check for $35,000.

The funds largely came through a generous donation from the Norcliffe Foundation raised during NSF’s annual Calling for Kids campaign in October.

The grant is restricted to the district’s S.T.E.M. program and will be allocated as follows: $15,000 for the restocking of elementary school science kits; $11,000 for PCR machine (known as a Thermal Cycler and used for amplifying DNA) supplies; $2,500 for junior high science lab equipment; $2,000 for junior high science field trips; $1,800 for junior high science textbooks; $1,700 for two hospital beds used in nursing education and $1,000 for special education math curriculum upgrades.

NSF Executive Director Carmin Dalziel said that every student currently enrolled in grades K-7 and hundreds of secondary students will feel the impact of this grant.

“Some students will come into contact with the products funded by the Foundation more than 12 times, depending on their path of study,” she said. “This is the kind of district-wide support we are proud to be a part of.”

Last fall the Foundation introduced S.T.E.M. education as one of five funding priorities. Since then NSF has contributed more than $48,000 towards the S.T.E.M. initiative and nearly $100,000 to the district overall.

“It’s exciting to see what can happen when thousands of community members come together and make an investment in our students,” Dalziel said. “Some people give $25, some give $10,000: it comes together as a collaborative investment and really makes an impact.”

She said long-standing support from local businesses such as Cornerstone General Contractors, Elevation Cellars, Molbak’s, Foundation House of Bothell, Northwest Totem Cellars, The Hollywood School House and corporate sponsors like Microsoft, McKinstry, The Boeing Company, Fred Meyer, Bio-Life Solutions and BECU are also a valued part of the funding equation.

“Even in rough economic times,” Dalziel said, “these companies made it a priority to continue supporting students because they know the impact of having students that are well educated.

“It speaks volumes to their business practice and commitment to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate career and college-ready.”

As a means to support its other funding initiatives, NSF will host its ninth-annual Light A Fire For Learning luncheon on Thursday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, retired NASA astronaut and Washington state native.

Since 1985 Dr. Dunbar has served in five space flights, logging more than 1,200 extraterrestrial hours.

She now serves as director of higher education at The Boeing Company, leading education policy and strategy, integration of colleges and universities’ strategic development and alignment with the company’s initiatives.

Dr. Dunbar has previously served as executive director of Wings Over Washington, president and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and has received the Washington State Medal of Merit.

She, too, started somewhere.

For more information on the event visit or call (425) 408-7680.

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