Chief justice, Hazen grad to headline fundraiser breakfast

April 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barbara Madsen is no longer headlining the annual breakfast. Instead, Seahawks digital media host, and Newcastle resident, Tony Ventrella will headline the April 27 breakfast.

The Friends of Renton Schools will host its sixth annual benefit breakfast, headlined by speaker Barbara Madsen, the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court, on April 27.

Madsen, a 1970 graduate of Hazen High School, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington before going on to Gonzaga University School of Law.

After earning her law degree, Madsen worked as a public defender in King and Snohomish counties. She was first appointed to a bench in 1988, when then-Seattle Mayor Charles Royer added her to the Seattle Municipal Court, where she served as presiding judge.

Voters elected her the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and re-elected her in 1998, 2004 and 2010. She began her second term as the 55th chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court after colleagues unanimously elected her Oct. 31, 2012. Read more

Renton school honors Pam Teal

July 2, 2014

The Renton School District honored Friends of Renton Schools Foundation Chairwoman Pam Teal with its 2014 Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator’s Association’s regional awards ceremony.

Teal is also a Renton School Board director (her District 5 includes Newcastle) and chairwoman of the Renton Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

Learn more about the Friends of Renton Schools at www.friendsofrentonschools.org.

 

Friends of Renton Schools fundraiser set for April 28

April 24, 2014

NEW — 10:50 a.m. April 24, 2014

The Friends of Renton Schools will host its fifth annual benefit breakfast, headlined by speaker Randy Gardiner, on April 28.

Gardiner is the president, CEO and chairman of the locally based Red Dot Corp., the leading manufacturer of heaters and air conditioners for commercial and military vehicles.

The benefit is the main fundraiser for the school foundation that provides supplemental funding to support the Renton School District. This year, donations will go toward the new funding priorities in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The breakfast is free, although there is an opportunity to donate. Donations to the organization are 100 percent tax deductible. Read more

Renton Schools receive $24,000 gift

April 3, 2014

Walker’s Renton Subaru and Subaru of America donated $24,041 to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation in March.

The money will be used to support funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for schools through the Renton School District.

Contributed Dr. Merri Rieger, Renton School District superintendent (third from left), and Pam Teal, chairwoman of the Friends of Renton School Foundation (fourth from left), receive a check for more than $24,000 from Walker’s Renton Subaru representatives.

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Dr. Merri Rieger, Renton School District superintendent (third from left), and Pam Teal, chairwoman of the Friends of Renton School Foundation (fourth from left), receive a check for more than $24,000 from Walker’s Renton Subaru representatives.

“Providing these funds to our local schools is something that I and my team here at Walker’s Renton Subaru believe in,” said Walker’s Renton Subaru owner Dale Walker. “A high quality school system benefits our entire community.”

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March is music month for Renton Schools

March 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. March 12, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a practice last year.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a practice last year.

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $10,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible. Read more