All in for Kids campaign sets record for donations to schools

November 20, 2013

By Staff

NEW — noon Nov. 20, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, with the aid of 256 high school student volunteers, called more than 9,800 families Nov. 12 and 14.

After 180 minutes of calling, the students had helped net $92,400 in pledges. Their proceeds, combined with donations collected over the past three and a half months brought the foundation’s campaign total to its highest total ever — $412,000.

“Response to the campaign is an affirmation of the community’s generosity and commitment to educational excellence,” said Robin Callahan, foundation executive director. “Our families place a high value on education and understand that when you live in a state that ranks 43rd in per-pupil funding and a district that falls 292nd of 295 in state funding — personal investment is critical. Their private support makes it possible to provide our students the dynamic education they deserve and the global society demands.”

Proceeds from the campaign will support foundation programs like the VOICE Mentor Program, Free After-School Homework Labs, Robotics Clubs, financial literacy for all eighth-graders, computer science classes at all high schools, districtwide curriculum upgrades, a Basic Student Needs Fund and National Board Certification scholarships for teachers.

Donations can still be here. The foundation is seeking to raise an additional $28,000 by December.

“Take a look at the website, view our videos and see what your donation can do for our students,” Callahan said. “Whether you can give $5 a month, the average family donation of $309 or $1,000, you’ll make a difference.”

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