I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind fundraising breakfast recently. (I live in the Renton School District and have supported the Friends of Renton Schools over the years.)
If you’re not familiar with these foundations, here is the Issaquah Schools Foundation mission statement:
“The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that drives resources to help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. We do this by bridging the gap between funds the state provides for basic education and the dollars our schools need to prepare students for success in school and life.”
The programs that these foundations fund can be truly life-changing for students, teachers and parents. For instance, the fundraising breakfast showcased the following programs that have been funded by the Issaquah Schools Foundation:
- a new writing curriculum that has been implemented in the District’s elementary schools that has helped students improve and enjoy their writing
- robotics programs funded in the middle schools that attract and engage students that would otherwise not be interested or actively participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles, and provide a positive outlet for those that are
- a Start Strong program that provides students entering high school with the skills to enjoy a positive and successful high school experience
We’re not exposed to the personal success stories of the students, teachers and parents who participate in foundation-funded programs often enough. The bottom line is that the efforts of the foundation staff, our fellow community member volunteers, businesses and school district personnel involved in these foundations result in more successful citizens who in turn strengthen our communities. The foundations have earned and deserve our support and thanks.