North Thurston Education Foundation Pays $9,333.60 in Uncollected School Lunch Debt and More!
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Through December 31, 2019, you have an opportunity to give your 2019 tax-deductible donation to North Thurston Education Foundation!
Your year-end gift will help students overcome obstacles to their success in school through Learning Improvement Grants, Student Assistance Grants, and Scholarships. Our Foundation has helped about 17,615 students with their personal and school needs over the years through Student Assistance
Grants and School Food Pantries.
Your gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. A $25 per month donation provides a student with a rented musical instrument, a $50 per month gift provides a family with utility assistance, so the lights and heat stay on and a $100 a month donation provides two families with rental assistance, so they are not evicted.
Our Student Assistance Grants, Learning Improvement Grants, and Scholarships all support our mission of Removing Barriers, Enhancing Learning, and Enriching Lives for Students in Thurston County.
North Thurston Education Foundation Pays $9,333.60 in Uncollected School Lunch Debt
On November 1, the North Thurston Education Foundation (NTEF) paid off school lunch debt for hundreds of North Thurston Public School District (NTPS) families.
A 2018 change in state law requires schools to provide meals to students even if their account is in the red. The law is design to stop what’s called “lunch shaming.”
NTEF donated $9,333.60 to NTPS to clear the balance accrued in uncollected debt for students who qualify for free or reduced meals. The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and offer free and reduced-price meals to qualifying students. Still, many students don’t apply in time to avoid a balance or the program doesn’t cover the full cost of the meal and therefore leaves a balance.
With the help and support of donors’ generous support and contributions, the North Thurston Education Foundation was able to pay the balance of this debt in full. “We are so pleased to be able to assist students in NTPS schools in this way, and to continue in our mission to remove barriers and enhance learning for our students,” said Mike Jones, Executive Director of NTEF.
SAVE THE DATE: LEARNING IMPROVEMENT GRANT SHOWCASE JANUARY 29, 2020
Learning Improvement Grant Showcase
The community is invited to celebrate teachers and staff who have received Learning Improvement Grants to showcase how they used the funds in their classroom at the 2nd Annual LIG Showcase!
“Through post-grant reports, we’ve read about how teachers have used the funds, but now we’ll get a more hands-on perspective of how teachers are using the funds to increase student learning. We believe a showcase approach will improve teacher collaboration and will inspire new ideas for classroom innovation,” said Mike Jones, NTEF Executive Director.
WHAT — North Thurston Education Foundation Learning Improvement Grant Showcase WHEN — January 29, 2020, from 4 p.m. –to 6 p.m. WHERE — Bower Learning Center, 4111 6th Ave NE, Lacey. FOR MORE INFO — Contact Mike Jones, (360) 790-6548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The North Thurston Education Foundation offers scholarships to graduating seniors to assist in financing their post-high school education.
Scholarships are awarded for those who will be attending community colleges, vocational or technical schools or colleges or universities. In addition to graduating from a North Thurston Public School, applicants must have demonstrated:
(1) The skills necessary to succeed in their chosen post-secondary school.
(2) Good citizenship and leadership qualities.
(3) A need for financial assistance to meet their educational goals.
Foundation scholarships vary in amounts awarded but the total value of each scholarship is no less than $2,000. Most scholarships are one-year grants, but some are renewable for either two or four years based on the recipient’s academic progress.
NTEF awarded 38 new and 13 renewable scholarships in 2019 valued at $135,000!
Due Date: Completed applications are to be submitted to the high school counseling or career centers or mailed to NTEF by April 17, 2020.
If you are interested in establishing a named scholarship, call our Executive Director, Michael Jones at 360-790-6548 or e-mail email@example.com.
DID YOU KNOW…Kids that don’t graduate from high school are 347 times more likely to become homeless and eight times more likely to go to prison? Currently, North Thurston Public Schools has 1,237 seniors, and of those, 400 are on the Free or Reduced Lunch Program, and 87 are homeless…and these numbers typically go up as the school year progresses.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Your $150 donation sponsors one senior, or choose to donate a smaller amount for a necessary graduation item for a Senior.
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 www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. A percentage of eligible purchases will be donated to NTEF. Customers still earn the usual reward points and rebates.
I'm Mike Jones, Executive Director of the 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.