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.
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.
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.
March 22, 2011
It’s grant season for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
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.
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.
May 14, 2010
UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. May 14, 2010
The Issaquah Community Center was busting at the seams with education supporters Thursday afternoon as the Issaquah Schools Foundation hosted its annual luncheon.
More than 770 residents, teachers, educators and legislators attended the foundation’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon. Donations of more than $5,000 each poured in during the event. The estimated final total reached $406,000 — a new record, foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan said.
“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. “We owe a special thanks to our Golden Apple Sponsors, Swedish Medical Center and Microsoft for underwriting the event which allows most of the donations from yesterday to go directly to the students we serve.”
April 27, 2010
The Issaquah Schools Foundation is hosting its 12th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 13 at the Issaquah Community Center.
The luncheon benefits the Issaquah School District, its students and schools by providing crucial funding for after-school programs, classroom grants, teacher scholarships to pursue National Board Certification, funding for textbooks (such as a financial literacy program for eighth-graders), high school and middle school robotics teams, and many other programs.
This year, foundation officials are hoping to raise more than $150,000 to help fulfill their pledge to help update the high school chemistry curriculum, as well as provide money to help purchase an elementary school science curriculum in 2011-12.
This year’s Golden Apple sponsors are Swedish Medical Center of Issaquah and Microsoft. Jointly, the companies are underwriting the luncheon’s expenses.
Local celebrity and comedian Pat Cashman returns to host the event as master of ceremonies and will help honor the foundation’s Academic Enrichment Grant recipients.
Seats are still available. A minimum donation of $150 is requested. Reserve your seat by calling 416-2045. Learn more here.
October 14, 2008
On Oct. 16, community members, teachers and Issaquah School District officials will fill the community center in hopes of raising more than $400,000 for education.