All for Kids Campaign helps ensure great schools

October 29, 2013

By Contributor

Great schools and great communities go hand in hand. It is likely that one or both of these influenced your decision to live in the Issaquah School District. When you join the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, you help ensure that both remain great.

You may be surprised to learn that our district is among the worst funded in the state. Of 295 Washington school districts we land at 292nd in terms of per pupil funding. Yet, despite being near the bottom in funding, our schools are consistently ranked among the top for performance.

How can the district do so much with so little?

One: By expertly managing their resources.

Two: With the support of a strong community — parents and residents who refuse to let the economic challenges of today impact our young minds of tomorrow.

For the past 27 years, our community has partnered with the Issaquah Schools Foundation to connect much needed resources to student and district needs. In doing so, they have made it possible for the district to elevate education from basic to best.

Last year our community contributed more than $1.5 million in support of programs that benefit every student at every one of the district’s 24 schools. From investments as varied as a $100,000 Annual Dedicated Fine Arts Fund, professional development for a new elementary writing curriculum adoption and Academic Enrichment Grants to computer science classes, special needs and highly capable program grants, basic student needs funding and STEM enrichment programs — donors have made a tangible difference in the opportunities afforded to our students.

Now for another surprising fact: Only 20 percent of district families are responsible for making possible these critical investments in our children’s education. If the families who aren’t currently donating joined the foundation with the average donation of $309 a year, they would generate an additional $3 million for our students and schools. Imagine the possibilities!

To those families who know of and support the Foundation — thank you! Please continue to help by sharing your knowledge and passion for education with your friends and neighbors.

If you have not yet donated this year, please do so today at www.isfdn.org or when our wonderful and energetic high school volunteers contact you during our All in for Kids calling nights on Nov. 12 and 14. Answer your phone, listen to their request and consider the lives you can change. Whether you can give $5/month (a venti latte?) or the average family donation of $309 — every gift matters.

Great education comes from great schools, and great schools are part of great communities. We are proud to be part of both.

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