Northwest NEWS

November 23, 1998

School

Wells Fargo grant benefits disadvantaged students

Wells Fargo is donating $5,000 to the Northshore Public Education Foundation, which will use the funds to support its Innovative Teaching Grant Program for economically disadvantaged students.

   The foundation collects donations and uses the money to sponsor classroom projects designed by teachers and parents in the 31 King and Snohomish County schools that make up the Northshore School District.

   The Innovative Teaching Grant Program selects proposals from teachers that best encourage innovative teaching and creative learning, expand learning opportunities, increase academic achievement, and promote community involvement. One example is the two-week camp the program sponsored last summer to build the reading skills of economically disadvantaged students in grades one to three.

   "The goals of the Northshore Public Education foundation fit Wells Fargo's community support goals," said Teresa Cain, manager of Wells Fargo's branch at 12010 Main St. in Bothell. "Both organizations believe that a quality education is a critical factor in determining the future success of our children and our community."

   Local residents formed the Northshore Public Education Foundation in May 1995 to increase student performance through sustained community participation. They have collaborated with the Northshore School District to promote creative teaching and expanded opportunities that are beyond the district's financial limits.