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The Northshore Schools Foundation is serious about providing district-wide financial support for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The Northshore Schools Foundation annual Light a Fire for Learning luncheon held April 26th, raised more than $118, 000 to support STEM education and other district-wide initiatives. The event, featuring Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, highlighted a variety of programs funded by the Northshore Schools Foundation and demonstrated the organization’s commitment to insuring students have access to the resources they need as they prepare to enter the workforce of our future. Canyon Creek Elementary Marimba Band created an atmosphere of joy and energy as more than three hundred business owners, industry professionals, parents and school district staff gathered to celebrate the contributions made by the Foundation. Teachers John Schmied from Skyview Junior High, Lydia Booker from Woodmoor Elementary and Kathleen Dearborn from the Career and College Readiness program celebrated how grants from the Foundation have made an everyday contribution to their students and enhanced the educational opportunities that the Northshore School District already provides.
Dr. Dunbar shared her inspiring story from farm to space, and cited how dedicated teachers helped direct her way. She noted that the jobs of the future will require STEM skills, and that knowledge of STEM subjects is the key to discovering how the world works. Event emcee, Andy Wappler, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Puget Sound Energy, brought the program together with his usual charm, insight and humor. He pointed out how corporate partners and sponsors are investing in the workforce of their future, by supporting students now.
The event was sponsored by more than 56 local and regional companies. Title Sponsor for the event was:Cornerstone General Contractors, who was also honored with the Foundation Support Award.Molbaks was honored as a Premiere Sponsor.
Major Sponsors included:
Foundation House of Bothell,Northwest Totem Cellars, BioLife Solutions, Hollywood Schoolhouse, and the Windermere Foundation. Microsoft, McKinstry, Boeing, Fred Meyer and the Friends of the Foundation provided more than $40,000 of challenge match funds for people making gifts of more than $200 at the event. Other Sponsors included: Banner Bank; BarrageCellars; BECU; Brent Planning Solutions; Dykeman Architects, Inc.; Elevation Cellars; Fairwinds-Brittany Park; Kiwanis of Northshore; HR Kinnections; Obelisco Estates; Patterson Cellars; PBS Engineering; Project V Distillery; Puget Sound Energy; School Employees Credit Union; Studio Meng Strazaara, Architects; Symmetry Electronics; Yakima Fruit Market; Advanced European Auto; James Todd Cochrane, Author; Bothell Music Festival; Coughlin Porter Lundeen; Fey & Grey Orthodontics; Educational Data Services; Evergreen Karate; Intrigue Chocolates; Italianissimo Ristorante; Law Firm of Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Kolouskova; Knight Visions Gallery; NAC Architects; NSEA; New Ventures Group; Clover Leaf Rebekah Lodge 54; 425Media; Rely Local, Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland; Rick Knotts, Musician; Russell’s; Snapdoodle Toys; Statefarm–Barry Glenn; Travis, Fitzmaurice & Associates, Inc.; Woodinville Weekly; Susan Fyall Property Management; and Twin Brook Creamery.
2011 Luncheon results
You were there for Students: $105,000 raised at Light A Fire for Learning Luncheon
The Northshore Schools Foundation held its 8th Annual Light a Fire for Learning Luncheon on April 26th. An audience of more than 200 Foundation supporters raised over $105,000 to support Foundation initiatives to enhance learning opportunities for all students in the Northshore School District.
The luncheon entertainment consisted of the Leota Junior High School Orchestra (under the direction of Instructor and Northshore Alumni, Darren Meucci) and; the Third grade dual language class of Woodin Elementary under the direction of teacher Heather Arnold. Both programs have benefitted from donations from the Foundation in the past so their performance was a delightful addition to the program.
Dale Amundsen, immediate past chair of the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce. emceed the event. The Torchbearer’s Award was presented to B-Z Davis, former Foundation Board member and strong Foundation supporter, for her commitment to children and her service on the Levy committee. Executive Director, Carmin Dalziel also spoke briefly on the mission of the Foundation.
The keynote speaker for the event was Andy Wappler of Puget Sound Energy who spoke about how much the world had changed in the last 10 years, and how much we had to support our youth in being ready for what the world will require from them in 12 years as they enter the work force.
The highlight of the event was Inglemoor senior, Claire Mortimore who shared her story of overcoming a learning disability to become and AP student. Mortimore shared how foundation dollars impacted her throughout her tenure as a student, from heart monitors to Robotics class, making it clear that grants funded by the Foundation have a long lasting impact on her and other students. Click here to see Claire’s speech.
The event was sponsored by more than 35 local and regional companies. Title Sponsor for the event was McKinstry Company, Premier Sponsor Cornerstone General Contractors, and Fred Meyer and Boeing served as Premium Sponsors. Major Sponsors included Foundation House of Bothell and Molbak’s. Elevation Cellars and Microsoft provided more than $28,000 of challenge match funds for people making gifts of more than $200 at the event. Other event sponsors included Boeing Employees Credit Union, Banner Bank, Advanced Classroom technologies, Brent Planning Solutions, Dykeman Architects, Puget Sound Energy, Northwest Totem Cellars, Leisure Care Brittany Park, Educational Data Systems, Fey & Grey Orthodontics, High Point Flooring, Northshore Education Association, Swerve Drivers traning, Northshore Kiwanis, Photo Essense, Snapdoodle toys, Yakima Fruit Stand, Photo Essense, DeMarle at Home, Staples, Katie’s Place Framing, QFC, Office Max, Lynnwood Convention center and Woodinville Weekly.
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