North Thurston Education Foundation invites you 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!

"Written post-grant reports are useful, but we have found it to be powerful, collaborative, and inspirational when staff, the school board, donors, and community members can actually see how NTEF funds have been used to increase student learning. The showcase format (similar to a science fair) allows recipients the opportunity to display what learning has been accomplished utilizing LIG funds through photos, videos, work samples, and testimonials from those who participated. Jennifer Carrougher, our new NTPS Grants Analyst, will also attend and be available for questions," says Nancy Cutlip, Family Engagement Liaison for North Thurston Public Schools. 

The North Thurston Education Foundation (NTEF) has a robust Learning Improvement Grant (LIG) program that provides funds to teachers and staff in North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) for classroom use. The LIG Committee selects recipients through a competitive application process. Funds help teachers increase student learning tied to district and state learning goals. 

This event will not only include a grant showcase of what learning has been achieved through NTEF grant funds, but also information on the grant process itself, and will highlight all the work NTEF does for our district including Learning Improvement Grants, Student Assistance Grants as well as support of the McKinney Vento program and scholarships for graduating seniors.

"We believe this Learning Improvement Grant showcase approach will improve teacher collaboration and will inspire new ideas for classroom innovation,” said Mike Jones, NTEF Executive Director.

Educators use grant funds in a variety of ways; past uses include sending students to an educational writing conference, educational field trips, and the purchase of cameras for a Science/Art Club.   

Join us to see the creative and innovative ways educators
have utilized these grants! 

EVENT — North Thurston Education Foundation Learning Improvement Grant Showcase
DATE — January 29, 2020
TIME — 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 pm (heavy refreshments provided, set-up begins at 3:30 p.m.)
LOCATION — NTPS District Office, Board Room (John Gott Administrative Building), 305 College St. NE, Lacey, WA 
INFORMATION — Contact Nancy Cutlip (360) 412-4904 or Mike Jones (360) 790-6548 or

McKinney-Vento Student Navigator NTHS/SSHS
1). Can you tell us a bit about your role as the McKinney Vento student navigator at North Thurston High School and South Sound High School and how the program aims to help students there?

"My role as a McKinney Vento student navigator is to support students who qualify for McKinney Vento services due to housing instability. I try to relieve barriers that can keep students from coming to school and that inhibit learning.  Support can look like a lot of different things and can vary with every individual student based on circumstances. Some students who are facing housing instability are able to maintain school attendance and manage schoolwork, while others could be facing larger barriers like hunger, not having appropriate clothing, shoes or bedding for sleep, lack of transportation, school supplies, or academic support at home. I strive to build trusting relationships with these students to support attendance, graduation, and a post-high school plan. I also connect students and families to local, state and federal resources that may help them out of housing instability one day." 

2). Do you have any personal experiences/examples of ways NTEF has helped with the needs of students in your schools? 
"A recent example was a student who faces housing instability, is deficient in school credits, and dreams of serving our country in the military one day. She was accepted into The Washington Youth Academy where she will earn 8 school credits when she returns to North Thurston Public Schools. This will help her graduate next year and will give her experience to increase her opportunities for her future military career. NTEF provided running shoes, her required interview attire, cadet attire and more so that this student could attend her personal interview, physical and this program. This would not have been possible without the support from NTEF."
"Another example is a 12th-grade student who is unaccompanied, facing housing instability, works side jobs for cash and is on track to graduate from North Thurston Public Schools. His parents have been in and out of his life and through all of his living transitions, he lost or never had his birth certificate, social security number, or identification card. NTEF helped him purchase these important documents so that he could apply for health insurance, food assistance, FAFSA, and pay for college applications. When he successfully completes all of his graduation requirements this year, NTEF will sponsor him to receive a cap and gown for graduation and a yearbook, something he would not have the funds to participate in otherwise. With support from NTEF, this student’s future is looking bright and promising. Thank you NTEF!" 
Thank you so much, Lorin for your dedication and commitment to students of North Thurston Public Schools! 

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


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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. 

Click on the button below to donate. 

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.

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 percent of your purchase price will be donated directly to the Foundation.
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.
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