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The next deadline for submitting a Learning Grant application is Dec 1, 2019!
Committee Member Spotlight: Laurie Maughan, School Ambassador program
Three Questions with Committee Member Laurie Maughan About NTEF and Our School Ambassador Program!
How did you first hear about and become involved with NTEF?
I was first introduced to the NTEF by my sister, Linda Morey, who taught at Mountain View Elementary for 35 years. She invited me to attend the 2018 NTEF Annual Luncheon. A couple of months before the luncheon, I had retired to Lacey from Bellevue, where I'd worked for over twenty years as an administrator in the Independent school system. Seeking a way to connect to the Olympia/Lacey community, I had been exploring various volunteer opportunities. After the luncheon presentation, I was so impressed with the Foundation’s work that I checked the volunteer box on the donation envelope. Mike Jones, Executive Director, contacted me a few weeks later and I joined the School Visitation Committee.
2. What is the School Ambassador Program and why is it important to the students of North Thurston Public Schools?
The School Visitation Committee (SVC) currently consists of 10 volunteer School Ambassadors who engage in outreach with the 22 schools in the North Thurston School District. Through personal contact with the administrators and educators, our goal is to support students and families by removing barriers, enhancing learning and enriching their life experiences. This is accomplished by sharing information about the three major NTEF programs:
1) Scholarships fund graduates who will attend post-secondary schools. Scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition as well as other types of support such as covering the cost of college applications and Advanced Placement exams.
2) Learning Improvement Grants (LIGs) are given to educators for classroom use to increase student learning tied to district and state learning goals. Examples include Literature in Math, Adaptive Tools, High-Interest Books, STEM Bots and Handwriting without Tears.
3) Student Assistant Grants (SAGs) help students overcome obstacles to their success in school by providing them with personal and school needs. Examples include school supplies, fees, food, clothing, toiletries, ASB cards, physicals, rental of musical instruments, transit bus passes and more.
The School Ambassador serves as the personal contact person who is there to support administrators and educators as needs arise. As a non-profit organization, NTEF is able to move quickly to assist students, families and educators by offering a streamlined system to address and respond to a wide range of requests.
3. How do you think the community can best support the work of NTEF and how does someone get in touch to get involved with the School Ambassador Program?
There are several ways that community members can support the work of NTEF. The most basic level is awareness building within the greater community. Simply discussing the fact that NTEF exists and sharing our mission is helpful. If a neighbor or friend is aware that a student and/or a family is struggling and there’s a possibility that NTEF could assist, please contact us.
As with most non-profits, NTEF is funded by individual donations, bequests, and endowments.
When the Foundation was founded 30 years ago, the annual budget was $100,000. Today’s budget is over $400,000. As needs increase, the Foundation’s goal is to increase our funding to support those who will benefit from our services. The most important point regarding donating is that no amount is too small. For example, consider a $10 monthly donation which is the equivalent of a couple of lattes. Every penny will be put to good use to provide financial assistance to students in the North Thurston Public Schools.
The NTEF consists of an all-volunteer Board of Trustees and volunteer committee members. If one is interested in volunteering as a School Ambassador or in another capacity, or for more information about all of our programs, visit www.ntef.org or please contact Mike Jones, NTEF Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Laurie, for your hard work and dedication to the students of North Thurston public schools!
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 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.