August 21st, 2018
Foundation Press Releases
Issaquah, Wash. – Aug. 21, 2018: Issaquah Schools Foundation recently announced its All in for Kids annual campaign, which raises funds for programs that support more than 21,000 students in the Issaquah School District’s 24 schools. This year marks the 32nd year that the Foundation has supported students through programs that give them opportunities to explore and cultivate their interests, thrive academically, and graduate with the skills they need for rewarding and productive futures. Donations to All in for Kids are warmly accepted at isfdn.org.
Donations to the Foundation support the communities of Issaquah, Bellevue, Sammamish, Newcastle and Renton. The Foundation funds programs such as:
- STEM, math and robotics clubs
- After-school homework help
- Art instruction
- Social and emotional support
- Food aid, including free breakfast and snack programs
- Band, choir and orchestra—and much more.
“Issaquah Schools Foundation raises funds to help students discover the ‘spark’ that ignites their passion to learn and opens doors to opportunities,” said Liz Swanson, executive director, Issaquah Schools Foundation. “We know that students who are engaged in school—and connected and surrounded by teachers, mentors and classmates who care about them—are more likely to exhibit leadership, value diversity, and seek to resolve conflicts in a positive manner. Through gifts to the Foundation, our community is funding programs that make a difference.”
During the 2017-18 school year, the Foundation provided $1 million in funding to the Issaquah School District through support of more than 35 programs. The Foundation also awarded 12 classroom grants and nine Kateri Brow grants for innovation in education to individual schools. The impacts of donations were experienced in myriad ways, including:
- More than 17,000 free breakfasts, snacks and lunches were provided to elementary and middle school students
- $24,000 in grants were awarded to the Issaquah School District’s four high schools to enrich learning opportunities for students in STEM-related fields
- More than 1,600 ninth grade students had the opportunity to experience residencies with Seattle Shakespeare Company
- More than 800 free backpacks filled with school supplies were provided to families that need financial support
- A $100,000 grant awarded to the Issaquah School District orchestra program funded the purchase of new instruments to allow more students to participate
- More than 400 students were supported by caring volunteer mentors
- Cultural Bridges Family Guide was published in Chinese (Mandarin), English, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese editions to encourage families to become more engaged in schools
- More than 500 volunteer art docents received professional training and/or lesson plans to support their work teaching art in elementary schools
- $55,000 in grants were awarded for innovation in education for programs and equipment ranging from horticulture and healthy living choices to tools for interactive physics classes.
These impacts—and many more—are made possible through donations to the Foundation. To learn more about the work of the Foundation, visit isfdn.org.
About the Issaquah Schools Foundation: Established in 1987, the Issaquah Schools Foundation (an independent 501(c)3 organization) has raised more than $12 million in private fundraising dollars to support the students and educators of the Issaquah School District. The district covers 110 square miles in Issaquah, Bellevue, Sammamish, Newcastle and Renton, and supports more than 22,000 students. Watch how Foundation programs support schools here.