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June 2018 Spotlight on Success

Issaquah Schools Foundation
Thank you for your support!
Nourish Every Mind Events Raise More than $734,000
Thank you for your generosity in supporting our Nourish Every Mind fundraisers! Together, we raised more than $734,000 to fuel success for every student in every school. Funds raised at the luncheon and breakfast events will support more than 21,000 Issaquah School District students in Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Bellevue and Renton.
Foundation programs impact 24 schools in our growing District, with a focus on building academic foundations, exploring limitless opportunities and launching students successfully into their futures. STEM clubs, art instruction, robotics, teacher professional development, mentoring, homework support, art instruction, orchestra and band, and food aid programs are among the programs funded by the Foundation. These programs, and many others, help students find their spark - a connection to their education and their schools. We're thrilled to share our Find that Spark video with you.
Helping Kids Find that Spark
Helping Kids Find that Spark: Issaquah Schools Foundation
Tools4School: Register and Donate
Does your family need support with backpacks and school supplies? Tools4Schools is here to help!
Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District students who need financial support.
To register to receive free backpacks and school supplies, click HERE.
Would you like to donate to Tools4School? To learn more about donating school supplies to Tools4School, click HEREWith your support, hundreds of students will be able to start school ready to learn with the core supplies requested by their teachers. July 28 is the last day to donate. Thank you!
Programs That Make a Difference 
WEB: Where Everyone Belongs
"We might not feel as comfortable in our middle school surroundings as we do now without WEB Leaders." - Regan
"WEB Leaders spread kindness and help you." - Sidd
It's been a great year for WEB at Pine Lake Middle School! WEB - Where Everyone Belongs - is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes all sixth graders, plus new seventh graders, with a full-day orientation before the first day of school, as well as fun activities during the school year. WEB is designed to help new students feel welcome and comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. It's sponsored by PTSAs and the Foundation at Pine Lake, as well as Beaver Lake, Issaquah, Maywood and Pacific Cascade middle schools. 
"WEB has changed the community of our school. There are fewer students in the office for discipline, sixth graders feel more connected to our community, and eighth graders have greater buy-in. . . . I love WEB and am excited to see this wonderful program evolve." - Michelle Caponigro, Pine Lake Middle School
It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Divides by Zero
Congratulations to the Maywood Middle School Math Club on receiving a Kateri Brow Grant from Issaquah Schools Foundation! The will grant support 40 students in an after-school math club, allowing them to attend six different math competitions during the 2018-19 school year. 
The math club, which titled its application "It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Divides by Zero," stokes enthusiasm in math while building upon the competencies students learn in the classroom. Coordinated by parent volunteers, the math club offers an opportunity for students of any level of math to improve their problem solving skills in a welcoming environment.
Fine Arts Funding in Action
Since 2012, the Foundation's Dedicated Fine Arts Fund has supported drama, visual arts, vocal music, orchestra, and band in schools throughout the District. At Skyline High School, for example, the Fine Arts Fund supports the choir program, which recently gave a splendid end-of-year concert. Highlights of the year include the choir retreat with more than 90 students participating, Winter Fest performances at Seattle Center, and outstanding work by more than 40 soloists and ensembles at the regional Eastshore Vocal Solo/Ensemble Festival. Special kudos to choir member Robert Yan, who recently competed in the Washington State Solo Competition in Ellensburg and won first place!
High School STEM Club Grants
Did you know that Foundation STEM Club grants awarded to high schools support rocketry, math, biology and engineering clubs? Thanks to generous donors, students have access to materials and activities that give them hands-on experiences. Each year, STEM funding provides $6,000 to each high school in the District to further enrich clubs and classes that provide valuable learning opportunities for students in STEM-related fields. 
VOICE Mentor Volunteer Opportunities
Kudos to all mentors and mentees participating in the Foundation's VOICE Mentor Program. During the 2017-18 school year, VOICE Mentors supported 400 students at all grade levels and at all schools in the District. There are currently more than 300 mentors who are trained and committed to volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of a student. 
For the 2018-19 school year, VOICE needs the community's help to support more students. There are 130 students on the wait list for a mentor. If you are interested in volunteering with children and youth, please consider being a VOICE Mentor.Click HERE to learn more.
Thank you, Habit Burger Grill!
Thank you to the new Habit Burger Grill in Issaquah Highlands, which donated 100 percent of proceeds from its pre-opening dinner event to Issaquah Schools Foundation! 
The two-hour event raised more than $2,330. Thanks to everyone who dined with us to support our schools and kudos to the team at Habit Burger Grill Issaquah.

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