School supporters donate $406,000

May 18, 2010

More than 770 people attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon May 13.

In some cases, luncheon goers donated up to $5,000 to set a new estimated fundraising record of $406,000, said ISF Executive Director Robin Callahan.

“This luncheon is an event the entire community can take pride in, because it is a culmination of the combined efforts of hundreds of volunteers,” Callahan said.

“Awesome! That is what I have to say about today, in one word, just awesome,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said after lunch. The foundation “really connects our community in a different way to our kids, to our teachers and to our school communities.”

Proceeds benefit Issaquah School District students and schools by providing funding for after school programs, classroom grants, teacher scholarships to pursue National Board Certification, textbooks, the high school and middle school robotics teams, and many other essentials.

Local comedian Pat Cashman donated his time for the seventh year to be master of ceremonies for the luncheon. He tossed out punch lines while honoring many of the district’s most inspirational teachers.

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Teachers receive schools foundation grants

April 20, 2010

Issaquah School District educators have received grants to help students achieve big ideas next year.

Issaquah Schools Foundation officials released more than $73,000 in Academic Enrichment Grants to more than 30 educators March 18.

The funding helps bolster programs in classes throughout the district, amid a year when district officials aren’t sure whether state cutbacks will affect their budget.

“School district resources are in short supply for even the basics like new curriculum, much less the extras that help learning really come alive for students,” foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan wrote in an e-mail. “In addition to supporting teachers looking for those enriched learning opportunities for their students, these grants seed innovative programs that often become districtwide initiatives.”

There are two types of grants foundation officials give out, the Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grant and the Classroom Enrichment Grant. Both enable teachers to fulfill educational goals in classrooms throughout the district.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation awards more than $64,000

April 28, 2009

Twenty-three teachers have been presented with more than $64,000 in grant money to help fulfill educational goals in classrooms throughout the Issaquah School District.

The teachers applied through the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grants or Classroom Enrichment Grants. Read more

Students develop the skills to make a feast

December 22, 2008

Joyce Mininger’s Issaquah Middle School classroom. Families dish up their pre-Thanksgiving feast (left) in the Cooking Creates Community project in the Skills Enhancement Program class. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Joyce Mininger’s Issaquah Middle School classroom. Families dish up their pre-Thanksgiving feast (left) in the Cooking Creates Community project in the Skills Enhancement Program class. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The smells coming from the portable classroom at Issaquah Middle School were more like those coming from the kitchen at a top restaurant.

Seven students turned their classroom into a restaurant for a pre-Thanksgiving feast for their family and friends Nov. 26.

“He’s been really excited,” said Mindi Bacon, the mother of Khayman Bacon, a 13-year-old in the class. “The fact they are doing this at school for their parents is great, but it’s also an opportunity for parents to meet other parents and to meet the other students.”

The feast was the culmination of a class project started in September, called Cooking Creates Community.

“The program gives the boys a couple of things,” said teacher Joyce Mininger. “One, it builds community and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Two, it gives them lifelong entertaining skills that can also translate into job skills. And three, it is an opportunity for community members to come together and participate at the school and in our program.” Read more

Students develop the skills to make a feast

December 8, 2008

 Families dish up their pre-Thanksgiving feast in the Cooking Creates Community project in the Skills Enhancement Program class. Photo by Greg Farrar.Families dish up their pre-Thanksgiving feast in the Cooking Creates Community project in the Skills Enhancement Program class. Photo by Greg Farrar.    

The smells coming from the portable classroom at Issaquah Middle School were more like those coming from the kitchen at a top restaurant. 

Seven students turned their classroom into a restaurant for a pre-Thanksgiving feast for their family and friends Nov. 26.

“He’s been really excited,” said Mindi Bacon, the mother of Khayman Bacon, a 13-year-old in the class. “The fact they are doing this at school for their parents is great, but it’s also an opportunity for parents to meet other parents and to meet the other students.” 

The feast was the culmination of a class project started in September, called Cooking Creates Community. Read more

Schools foundation luncheon raises $323,000

October 22, 2008

Community members donated $323,000 to the Issaquah Schools Foundation at its Nourish Every Mind Luncheon Oct. 16.

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