Schools fundraiser sets donation record
October 27, 2009
The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s annual Calling for Kids fundraiser raised more than $235,200 this year.Foundation officials hoped to raise more than $1.4 million by having 100 percent participation from the school district’s families during this year’s two-day phone-a-thon Oct. 20 and 21.
They fell short on both goals, but made the most they ever had and had the most participation.
About 1,900 donors gave to the campaign of the possible 12,000 school district families. Last year, 1,500 families participated.
“Overall, we’re happy and we’re trending in the right direction,” said Lynn Juniel, development manager for the foundation. “It’s more than we’ve ever made before, so more dollars and more donors.
“The message this year was everybody,” she added. “We think the message is starting to get across and we are happy to see new donors.”
Calling for Kids raises money for programs and items the foundation helps provide for the school district.
Those include Academic Achievement Grants for teachers and classrooms; after school homework labs and clubs at every middle and high school; scholarships for teachers to pursue their National Board Certification; sponsorship for eighth-grade classes to go through the Junior Achievement Program; match volunteer mentors with elementary, middle and high school students; and help sponsor curricula updates.
How to help
Donate at www.issaquahschoolsfoundation.org