Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 20, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 16, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. May 16, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Nourish Every Mind continues next week with the second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20 at Eastridge Church. Proceeds of both events will fund programs that benefit students throughout the district.

Reserve your seat or learn more by calling the foundation at 391-8557 or emailing becky@isfdn.org.

Issaquah Schools Foundation hosts fundraisers May 14 and 20

May 12, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites the public to participate in two Nourish Every Mind fundraising events in the coming week.

The foundation will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center, and a breakfast from 7-8:45 a.m. May 20 at Eastridge Church.

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Nourish Every Mind banquets highlight donor-funded school programs

April 28, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon and second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast will celebrate the foundation’s role in creating its motto of “Great Schools and Great Communities.”

The luncheon is from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center. The breakfast is from 7-8:45 a.m. May 20 at Eastridge Church.

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Apply by April 13 for ISF scholarship

March 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 28, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has created a new scholarship to help Issaquah School District juniors and graduating seniors continue their educational journey.

The foundation’s new Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays about the ways foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.

The Impact Scholarship will be awarded in two categories. Entries to the Written category will be judged on answers to two essay questions. Students who enter under the Presentation category will be judged on a five-minute oral presentation of their written essays.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation to host fundraiser breakfast, lunch

April 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is hosting two events in May to raise money for local schools.

The foundation’s Nourish Every Mind lunch and breakfast events will feature inspirational stories from students and staff members in the Issaquah School District about why community-based financial support is needed, in addition to education dollars the district gets from the state.

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Welcome back from Issaquah Schools Foundation

August 21, 2012

Filling in the gaps where state funding ends

So many things are right about Issaquah schools: bright kids, supportive families, inspiring teachers and strong administrators. While Issaquah schools deliver quality education, deficient state funding limits educational opportunities for our students.

We are all familiar with the school funding figures. Issaquah is 277th out of 295 school districts in per-pupil funding in a state that falls 44th in education support. We must ask ourselves, “How can we secure the resources to ensure all students have the tools they need to be successful in school, college and career?” There are two answers. Wait for a legislative fix or empower ourselves to make a change.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is dedicated to the latter. Our mission is to raise funds to help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. Each year, we work in partnership with the Issaquah School District to assess our students’ greatest needs. We then collaborate with the community to generate resources to fund strategic programs and initiatives that will advance academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation sets record at annual luncheon

May 15, 2012

More than 1,000  people turned out, donated $650,000

With a sold-out event at the Issaquah Community Center, the Issaquah Schools Foundation set a record of $650,000 in donations at this year’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 10.

More than 1,000 people were at the event, the 14th annual luncheon foundation officials have held. This year is the 25th anniversary of the foundation.

Because of interest in the foundation’s largest fundraiser, next year’s attendees might see two events instead of one, according to Robin Callahan, executive director of the foundation. That could be a breakfast type event and a luncheon, she said.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation hosts annual fundraiser May 10

May 1, 2012

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is inviting the community to lunch.

The 14th annual Nourish Every Mind Benefit Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. May 10 with a program that aims to teach how community investment is elevating education for all Issaquah School District students.

Last year, the event raised a record $593,000. The foundation used that money to fund education projects in the district, including robotics clubs and the expansion of the Microsoft TEALS program to every high school. The money was also used to help purchase science curriculum materials for Issaquah classrooms.

This year, the luncheon will take place at the Issaquah Community Center and open with a silent auction of a variety of items for all budgets. The program starts at noon with John Curley leading as the master of ceremonies. Testimonials from students and teachers who have benefitted from the foundation are also planned.

Call 391-8557 to learn more.

Schools foundation awards grants big and small

March 22, 2011

It’s grant season for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Skyline High School teacher Courtney Bede holds a copy of ‘Classical Mythology,’ a book she plans to purchase for her students after receiving an Issaquah Schools Foundation grant. By Laura Geggel

This past February, dozens of teachers across the Issaquah School District applied for grants big and small — either for a classroom enrichment grant, worth up to $1,000, or a Kateri Brow big idea grant, valued at $10,000.

Ten teachers from seven schools won a 2011 classroom enrichment grant March 11, including Clark Elementary School Principal May Pelto, who wrote a grant request titled “Preparing all kindergarten students for academic success.”

With her grant, Pelto and Clark staff members will help teach incoming kindergarten students about letters, numbers, shapes and colors.

“Our students who did not know letters or numbers will receive a letter and sounds book, as well as number and adding puzzles, hopefully helping these students be more ready for kindergarten,” Pelto wrote in an email.

The grant will also pay for teachers to spend time in August placing students and planning instruction based on the students’ levels.

Pelto said she was grateful when she learned she received the grant.

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