Letters to the Editor

October 4, 2010

By Contributor

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Help support the Issaquah Schools Foundation in its support of students

Our kids have unlimited potential, but their future is impacted by the education we provide them. The Issaquah Schools Foundation helps unlock the possibilities for success.

The foundation does so much to support the schools in the Issaquah School District that would otherwise be unavailable to our students — targeted, specific programs that allow them to succeed. I know children who struggle that find hope with the After-School Homework Labs funded by the foundation. I’ve been touched by struggling students sharing their stories of how their VOICE mentor helped not only with their academic growth, but also with their self confidence and problem solving, genuinely impacting their everyday lives.

This year the foundation is looking to help fund an update to our K through fifth-grade science curriculum, purchase new physics and chemistry books for our high schools, sponsoring robotics clubs at our middle and high schools and provide eighth-graders with an opportunity to learn through Jr. Achievement.

During the Calling for Kids Annual Fund, our district’s own high school students will calling homes in our area, inviting you to give to the foundation. This is a great opportunity to impact our students. Every part of your donation goes directly to programs that benefit our kids, touching on math, technology, science, the arts and so much more.

Please give generously to the foundation when you receive your phone call.

Marnie Maraldo

Newcastle

Schools foundation can’t pay for science curriculum update alone

When you donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, you see the impact of your donation in our community.

At curriculum night, I saw the biology textbook that my son, along with other 10th-graders, will be using because of support from the foundation. This year, the foundation wants to help with the district’s adoption of new K through fifth-grade science curriculum, which will provide a more comprehensive curriculum for our students — a much-needed update.

I applaud the foundation for being willing to continue to improve curriculum in the face of severe budget cuts. But, it can’t do it alone and it is looking to the foundation for help. So, please answer your phone, donate to the foundation’s Calling for Kids campaign and make a difference in a student’s life.

Betsy Pendleton

Newcastle

Lack of space for Boy Scout troop is understandable

The decision by Hazelwood Elementary School that space is not available for our local Scout troop, Troop No. 499, was dismaying to the families in the troop and to many members of our community.

However, following a very good meeting with Principal Cindy Farnsworth, I am convinced that the decision was made after careful consideration for the students and families of Hazelwood and the after-hours space for their needs and programs. Mrs. Farnsworth, the mother of an Eagle Scout, truly understands the value of the troop to the our city and, following our discussion, the troop’s history of more than 40 years in the Newcastle community.

After contact from more than a few members of our community she is also well aware of the passion and dedication many in the community feel toward the troop and the many community service hours the Scouts complete in Newcastle and the surrounding area.

I would ask for everyone to please understand that Mrs. Farnsworth is dedicated to educating our children and we are fortunate to have her at Hazelwood. I am confident that she will further review the scheduling at Hazelwood.

For now, the troop has meeting space at Kennydale Elementary School and that hopefully some time in the future Troop 499 will return home to Hazelwood Elementary. The primary focus and commitment of the young men in the troop will always be to the Newcastle community.

Bill Burris, Newcastle

Troop 499 Scoutmaster

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