Northshore School District students will benefit more than 39,000 times from thousands of dollars being awarded to their schools and classrooms by the Northshore Schools Foundation (NSF).
Executive Director Carmin Dalziel and President Sherry Krainick presented a check for $103,800 to School Board President Julia Lacey and Superintendent Larry Francois at the school board meeting September 24, 2013.
Funds were raised during the 2012-13 school year through numerous programs presented by the Foundation including the Phone-a-thon, The Pour for Northshore, Light A Fire for Learning Luncheon, retired NSD Staff brunch, Milk Money community change drive, designated workplace giving and several other partnership events.
Parents, families and businesses have all made charitable contributions in support of our Northshore students providing access to the resources they need to pursue academic success and excellence in their school years and beyond.
"We are grateful to the parents, staff and community members whose donations to the Northshore Schools Foundation help provide support for important academic programs, support for students and professional development," said School Board President Julia Lacey.
• Making School Accessible by supporting McKinney Vento Students, Community Schools, Natural Leaders and the District Prevention Team.
• Encouraging Junior High Special Education students with Mid-Level Novels
• Providing Career and Technical Education Programs district-wide
• Supporting students who are excelling with college level textbooks and programs to support highly capable elementary math students.
Twenty-six 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.
Twenty four thousand will be invested in New Elementary Teachers Professional Development – and National Board Teacher certification.
Additionally, $2,500 of this fall’s grant is a result of a partnership with the Northshore PTSA which has supported emergency preparedness in schools for the past decade. Thanks to this partnership and Puget Sound Energy Foundation, four elementary schools and one junior high will receive shelves for their new emergency containers ensuring that supplies stay accessible and usable longer.
This granting process is one of three ways the Foundation provides funding support for the Northshore School District.
In the 2012-13 school year, the Foundation granted more than $140,000 to support district-wide programs.
Having addressed many of the other priorities, the Foundation is now turning its attention to raising funds to promote literacy by providing classroom libraries, support for National Board Teacher certification and for students who have the opportunity to compete in regional and national academic competitions.
Teacher and Student Excellence have been identified as the focus of its upcoming All in for Kids Campaign. This campaign begins now and runs throughout the month of October, engaging parents and community members to invest in the value of an excellent public education.
For more information, please visit www.NorthshoreSchools Foundation.org.