Coming soon: Issaquah schools’ alumni directory
July 28, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
Issaquah School District officials want to know where you are.Past students can expect phone calls and e-mails from a group called Harris Connect, who district officials and the Issaquah Schools Foundation have chosen to help them update their directory.
The listing will compile generations of Issaquah graduates and connect them with fellow alumni throughout the nation and the world.
“This is so we can have a connection to our alumni, our recent graduates all the way to those that graduated decades and decades ago. This will build a web and unite our alumni,” said Sara Niegowski, district director of communications. “If they choose to be listed, this book is published so that alumni from near and far can find information in there and connect or reconnect.”
The directory will give district officials a chance to make connections to alumni who may have an interest in district news and events.
All graduates from Issaquah will be contacted in the next week or two to determine whether they would like to be included in the directory and to confirm whether the information officials have is correct.
The directory is free to the district and to the foundation. Harris Connect will sell the directory to alumni and keep the proceeds.
“Basically, this directory will help us reach out to alumni that have had great memories and experiences in the Issaquah School District,” said Lynn Juniel, director of programming for the foundation. “We also hope that it will remind them, as alumni, that they have a great opportunity to support our schools and enable them to endow today’s kids with the same outstanding education that they received, by honoring past friends or teachers with a gift to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.”
The information will not be sold to outside vendors or solicitors, she said.
“If anybody is afraid that this is just a phishing scam, it isn’t,” she said. “We legitimately partnered with them for use of the information in a specific way and the information will only be used for that. This is not a company doing something independently.”
If you are an alumnus and would like to proactively confirm your preference and information you can call the Issaquah School District line at Harris Connect at 800-366-6249.
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