Issaquah Schools Foundation fundraiser lunch tops $617,000

June 4, 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.

Newcastle resident Ashton Herrild described how the foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative helped him redefine himself in his recovery from drug addiction and find his calling as a filmmaker. Through the Influence the Choice video contest, a program of the Healthy Youth Initiative’s Drug Free Community Coalition, Ashton has produced several videos aimed at reducing youth substance abuse.

Clark Elementary School educator Shaun Cornwall and fifth-grade students Cole Pak and Ajay Santiago told attendees about Scratch Programming Clubs, introducing elementary students to computer science through a simple, web-based programming language. Read more

Editorial — Give an hour a week to help a local child

April 2, 2015

Children of all ages are one of our most valuable resources. They’re the ones who will grow up and inherit this planet. They will also be the ones to try to repair problems that people before them have created or not been able to fix.

So it’s crucial that they have good teachers. And good teaching doesn’t always happen in the classroom. In the Issaquah and Renton school districts, hundreds of people are giving valuable time.

Don’t have time, you say? It takes an hour a week. One hour.

Thanks to volunteer mentors, the future is brighter for more than 300 elementary, middle and high school students who are finding joy, confidence and opportunity through the VOICE Mentor Program, according to the Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Read more

Issaquah Schools Foundation to host fundraiser breakfast, lunch

April 28, 2014

NEW — 5 p.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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Chamber hosts director of Issaquah Schools Foundation at Aug. 14 luncheon

August 10, 2013

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 10, 2013

Robin Callahan

Robin Callahan

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, at its Aug. 14 luncheon.

Callahan will discuss the power of small business investment in public education.

“I think it’s important that local communities learn about the many ways we see business invest in our schools, and the successful partnerships that result,” she said.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that drives resources to help students achieve the promise of their academic potential. Read more

Issaquah Schools Foundation prepares for 15th annual luncheon

May 2, 2013

With an eye on arts funding and book rooms, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is preparing to host its annual Nourish Every Mind luncheon on May 9.

Development Director Lynn Juniel was eager to share information about the upcoming event, but did not want to show every card in the foundation’s hand. One tidbit she happily shared was the name of the host. After filling in at the last minute in 2012, KIRO news anchor Dave Ross will return as the master of ceremonies.

“He’s a great guy,” Juniel said. “He cares a lot about the arts and it’s great to have that connection with him.”

He will not carry the hosting duties alone, however. Juniel said that he will share the stage with Issaquah High School sophomore Alaya Carr. Juniel praised Carr’s enthusiasm for arts funding, citing her performing background with Village Theatre.  Read more

Dine and give at the Issaquah Schools Foundation annual fundraiser

May 3, 2012

NEW — 12:55 p.m. May 2, 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 district classrooms.

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Issaquah bond would finance new fields for middle schools

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 28,2012

There are several themes that come up over and over as backers and school officials talk about the prospect of placing artificial turf on the fields of each of the five Issaquah School District middle schools, including Maywood Middle School.

The upcoming bond package would provide the middle schools with rubberized outdoor running tracks if voters decide to approve the $219 million capital improvement plan on April 17.

District officials hope to install the turf and tracks at a cost of $1.5 million per school, not counting fields that could go in at a transplanted Issaquah Middle School.

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District sees increase in PSAT participation

December 1, 2011

In the past four years, the Issaquah School District has seen a dramatic increase in students preparing to take the PSAT, the most widely used college admission exam in the country.

Participation for students taking the PSAT in the past four years has gone from 30 percent of sophomores and juniors taking the test to 89 percent, or 2,290 students, taking the exam.

The main driver of the increase is that the district’s high schools now offer the PSAT during the school day once every October.

The PSAT helps students prepare for the SAT college-admission exam, gives feedback about academic strengths and weaknesses, and is a gatekeeper for National Merit Scholarships.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation provided financial assistance for students to take the test.