Guest Column — Great schools, great communities and you

August 26, 2014

By Contributor

Issaquah schools are great — there’s no doubt about it. Our district is consistently ranked as one of the top in the state and our students’ test scores are among the best in the nation. Ask any real estate agent and he or she will regale you with tales of parents who relocated just so their kids can get an Issaquah education.

What is less apparent is how our schools continue to be world-class centers for learning. Much credit goes to our teaching staff and fiscally savvy administration. An equal measure belongs to the community — parents, residents and businesses who donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, join our PTSAs and volunteer in our schools.

Their support makes the difference between students receiving the basic education funded by the state and the comprehensive education they need to succeed.

Private support from the community is the reason our public school students have access to mentoring programs; timely curriculum adoptions; STEM programs at elementary, middle and high school; free after-school homework labs; ELL translation services; free Pre-K Summer School; and teachers who have been able to continue their education through National Board Certification scholarships. And partnerships with businesses large and small enable students to connect classroom work to real world application through computer science classes, a financial literacy curriculum and internships.

Great schools don’t happen by accident. They depend on you. As you make your 2014-2015 plans, please remember to add volunteerism and philanthropy to your list. Sign up to become a VOICE mentor and donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids annual fundraiser. You’ll support great students, great schools and a great community.

Robin Callahan 

Executive director

Issaquah Schools Foundation


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