Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s ‘guardian angel’ wins state award

July 1, 2014

Suzie Kuflik receives $500 check from WEA

Suzie Kuflik received statewide recognition May 30 from the Washington Education Association Minority Affairs and Human Rights Committee, for bringing the Angel Program to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The award came with a $500 check, which Kuflik donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, where she frequently volunteers.

Among her efforts to better the Issaquah community, Kuflik created the Angel Program to pair students in need with “adopted families.”

Those families are given the age, size and gender of their child to provide basic necessities, though many donate additional gifts. The Angel Program’s work has inspired other schools in the Issaquah School District to adapt the program to help more students.

By Rachel Osgood Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

By Rachel Osgood
Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Angel Program helps struggling students adjust to high school

August 13, 2013

During the awkward adolescent phase that is high school, many teens just want to feel normal. That can be even more challenging for students whose families struggle to make ends meet.

That is why the Issaquah High School PTSA created the Angel Program a year ago, helping such students with donations of gift cards, school supplies and clothes to students in need, said Laurie Foreman, an Issaquah High School parent and co-chairwoman of the program.

“Maybe they just don’t feel like every other kid because they might not have a new pair of shoes or a backpack,” she said. “That’s where we step in.”

What began as a relatively simple effort to provide students with gift cards to Target and Safeway expanded to a more holistic approach, giving students anything that was identified as a need.

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