Community gives more than $95,000 to schools
April 30, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
Local students got more than a $95,000 boost when the Issaquah School Board approved a slew of donations during its April 24 meeting.
The Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA gave $5,707 for curriculum enrichment at the school. Students at Creekside Elementary School also received a gift from their PTSA, which gave $5,000 to offset the costs of the Fifth Grade Environmental Camp.
The bulk of the money, $85,271, came from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. It awarded 10 Kateri Brow Grants, worth $1,000 to $10,000, for a total of $77,540. Tiger Mountain Community High School received two of those grants, one to form a teen center, which will help at-risk teens earn credits for graduation while preparing for careers. The other will provide Kindles for reluctant readers. Echo Glen School also got two grants. The first for a Web-based math program and the second for the Vocational Veterinarian Program, which offers students an inside look into various medical fields.
Another grant will be used to buy graphing calculators for Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools. Liberty also got money to buy textbooks and lab supplies for a new Forensic Science course. Issaquah High received funds for student-use technology, lab equipment and other curriculum materials.
Elementary schools also received help from the foundation. Cascade Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools got a grant for unlimited online universal access to books, particularly nonfiction, that support the Common Core Reading and Writing Standards. Maple Hills Elementary School received money to create a “Numeracy Rich Classroom,” which surrounds students with numbers, problem solving and mathematics. Grand Ridge Elementary School received an iPads Igniting Math Learning, Engagement and Understanding grant for math video tutorials.
The foundation also gave out nine Classroom Enrichment grants, which are worth up to $1,000 each and totaled $7,731. The bulk of those were awarded to elementary schools. Discovery Elementary School received money for the Issaquah Community Little Free Library exchange program. Cougar Ridge was given funds for Scanner Pens, which can be used as reading aids. Both Cascade Ridge’s and Newcastle’s libraries got updates for their collection of instructional DVDs. Newcastle also got money for a mobile teaching station complete with a camera, computer and other media. Apollo Elementary School received money to give low-income students books to read over the summer break.
Maywood Middle School received a grant for spectrascopes to explore light energy, gas in the Earth’s atmosphere and stars. Issaquah Middle School was given a Math Diversity, Student Support and Enrichment grant.
Students at Liberty also received funds to take part in the national History Day completion.