Please join the North Thurston Education Foundation (NTEF) for our annual inspiring luncheon, “Because of You,” on Friday, October 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lacey Community Center.

The lunch is complimentary, but we do request all guests REGISTER HERE and a $100 minimum donation is encouraged:

Donations raised at the luncheon will help our district’s neediest kids and their families, will fund the Foundation’s scholarship program and support our teachers with Learning Improvement Grants. During the 2018-2019 school year, NTEF distributed $380,000, A NEW RECORD, thanks to your generous support!  

There are sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available. For more information, please contact Mike Jones at (360) 790-6548 or

WHAT: North Thurston Education Foundation Annual Luncheon  
WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2019 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE Lacey, WA 98503  

 Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Contact us for Details! Email Executive Director Mike Jones here.

Learning Improvement Grant Deadlines 

Our Learning Improvement Grants help teachers increase student learning tied to district and state learning goals. You have three opportunities a year to apply for grants, October 1, December 1 and March 1.

The next deadline for submitting a Learning Grant application is Dec 1, 2019!

Click here to apply:

Pictured below: Jessica Kim of Mountain View Elementary School was awarded an $800 grant last year for her project "Creativity and Arts ELC STEM Discovery Day."

Over the coming year, we will share profiles of North Thurston Public Schools' counselors. Every day, the North Thurston Education Foundation partners with school counselors to make sure the immediate needs of our kids are met. We could not do our work without these amazing people!

Meet Heather Berchet, South Bay Elementary School 
 "I can’t imagine doing this very difficult job without having NTEF as a resource.
As heartbreaking as it is to have five-year-olds coming to school wearing shoes held together with duct tape, I’m so grateful to be able to call home and offer new shoes. As resourceful as some of our families are (apparently, dish soap can be used to clean almost everything in a pinch) it feels so good to be able to use NTEF funds to purchase hygiene supplies. We use these funds to buy alarm clocks so students whose parents work all night can wake themselves up to catch the bus for school. When parents call crying because they got sick and missed work and can’t afford food, NTEF helps.
Because I am the person in our building who disseminates NTEF funds, I get to experience the gratitude of parents who can’t afford toilet paper, clothes, or winter coats for their families. Every year NTEF pays for instrument rentals for many of our 5th graders who otherwise wouldn’t be able to play in band or orchestra. I could list hundreds of examples of ways The North Thurston Education Foundation brings hope to our students. I am endlessly appreciative for their help
Thank you, Heather, for your hard work and dedication to the students of North Thurston public schools! 
Board Member Profile - Jerry Long, Owner-Professional Accounting and Tax Service, Inc.  
1.) How did you first get involved in NTEF?
"Blake Knoblauch and Mike Jones were nice enough to approach me last spring and take me out for coffee to talk about NTEF and ask me about being a Board Member. I think the world of both Mike and Blake and when I learned more about the work they were doing for students in the community, I knew I wanted to be involved."  

2.) What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

"Rosemary and I have three dogs and a cat; we're real animal lovers. I also love to ride motorcycles and enjoy taking on do-it-yourself projects around the house."

 3.) How do you believe the community can best support the work of NTEF?

"The Foundation really runs on support from the community, so contributions are always very much appreciated. I was surprised to learn how many students in Thurston County don't have their basic needs met, like food, clothing, books and other supplies. These kids really need assistance in the form of community support to help build a foundation for their futures

Since being on the Board, I realize how passionate, compassionate and dedicated the people working with NTEF are in helping these students and their families. And under Mike's leadership, there's such a commitment to the mission. He's working hard every day for the students of Thurston County and I'm glad to be a part of helping students overcome obstacles to be successful in school."   

Thanks so much, Jerry, for your time and involvement

1. North Thurston Education Foundation is looking for Investment Committee members! If you are interested in serving please contact Executive Director, Mike Jones by email

The investment committee meets four times per year and they are responsible for overseeing the Foundation's investments. We estimate that this is a four-hour per year commitment.

2. We are looking for a North Thurston Education Foundation School Ambassador for South Bay Elementary.

Ambassadors act as the go-between for the Foundation and the school. 
Learn more by emailing NTEF Executive Director, Mike Jones at

Featured in the photo below is School Ambassador for River Ridge High School, Doreen Berg

The NTEF is an approved non-profit in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. Interested donors may sign up for the program by linking their FM Rewards Card to North Thurston Education Foundation. Donors can search by our name or our non-profit number 90809 at A percentage of eligible purchases will be donated to NTEF. Customers still earn the usual reward points and rebates.

School is back in session, and you can support students or get great deals on school supplies, lunch treats
and just about anything!

Here is a great way to "shop for good" right now and support North Thurston Public Schools students.

Visit through the Foundation's Amazon link and stock up. When you do, up to 8% of your purchase price will be donated directly to the Foundation.
I'm Mike Jones, Executive Director of North Thurston Education Foundation. Thanks for reading our latest news! Contact me for sponsorship opportunities, questions, suggestions or to share a personal story about NTEF's impact on your school, family or the community. Thanks for your continued support in removing barriers, enhancing learning and enriching lives for the students of North Thurston Public Schools.
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Lacey, WA 98509

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PO Box 3312
Lacey, WA 98509

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