Save the Date for Sacks of Fury: Cornhole Tournament! 
The Sacks of Fury Cornhole Tournament is a new fundraiser for North Thurston Education Foundation (501c3) to raise funds to support students and their families who are homeless or are on the brink of homelessness.

Last year, with the help of your generous contributions, North Thurston Education Foundation assisted at least 37 students’ families with rental and utility assistance, which kept them from losing their housing. Because of your support, these families and their children have been able to stay in their homes and have not become another statistic in the homeless crisis.

Because of your support, there are 37+ students who are not sleeping in a car, shelter, tent or on someone’s sofa.

Last year, the Foundation was able to write 51 checks to cover partial rent payments or utility payments for families to keep them from becoming homeless. In addition, we allocated funds to assist families with sport registration fees, instruments for music classes, clothes and shoes for students in need, and additional supplies and food for both students and families.

We have a HUGE fundraising goal leading up to our August 17 Fundraising Cornhole Tournament, and we know we can do it with your help.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for homeless students and their families in our district. Please consider a donation.

Even a small amount can greatly assist a family and help reduce homelessness and remove education barriers for students.

We hope you’ll consider making a donation or you’ll join a team and compete on August 17. For additional information on making a donation, becoming a sponsor or attending this event, please contact Mike Jones at or (360) 790-6548.


Mike Jones, Executive Director
North Thurston Education Foundation

Blake Knoblauch, Board Chair
North Thurston Education Foundation
Mark your calendar for the Inaugural Sacks of Fury Cornhole Tournament, sponsored by Country Financial and Tart Hard Cider. Teams are $50 each for a team of two people, with a total of 64 potential teams. Proceeds benefit the North Thurston Education Foundation. Food and drink (including alcohol) are available on-site at the tournament location of Charlie’s Safari in Lacey.
There is plenty of free parking in the back. All ages are eligible to compete in the Sacks of Fury Cornhole Tournament. Prizes will include a $100, $50 and $25 gift certificate to Charlie’s Safari, as well as large trophies for the First, Second and Third place winners.
WHO: North Thurston Education Foundation
WHAT: ‘Sacks of Fury’ Corn Hole Tournament. $50 entry fee for a team of two. Teams of all ages. Also, bring school supplies to donate the day of the event.
WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Charlie’s Safari, 1401 Marvin Rd NE #201, Lacey, WA 98516
TICKETS: Click here

$3,000 Provides a one-year student assistance grant to a middle or high school to help many students.
$2,000 Provides a one-year student assistance grant to an elementary school to help many students.
$1,500 Provides a one-year Learning Improvement Grant to help increase student learning.
$500 Provides a Pantry for a school.
$250 Helps 10 children participate in music, drama, and experiences that broaden their horizons.
$100 Rents an instrument for two months for a budding musician.
$125 Covers football.
$100 Provides athletic fee for a high school student to participate in sports.
$87 Covers the cost of an AP Exam for a high school student.
$60 Covers the athletic fee for a middle school student to participate in sports.
$50 Provides a backpack and school supplies needed to be successful in school.
$45 Buys a pair of shoes or a coat to keep out the cold.
$30 Covers the cost of an ASB card for a student.

North Thurston Education Foundation Awards $125,000 in Scholarships to 38 Students 
The North Thurston Education Foundation has awarded scholarships with a total value of $125,000 to 38 graduating seniors from North Thurston Public Schools.

Recipients of the scholarships — which range in value from $2,000 to $12,000 — were selected on the basis of factors that included financial need, academic performance, school and community activities, personal essays and letters of recommendation.

“The committee’s selection process was especially challenging this year due to the many quality applications we received. We are pleased and proud to be able to award scholarships to 38 of these deserving students. It is exciting to help these students begin their post-high school educations,” said Cathy Callahan, who chaired the committee that reviewed applications and selected the scholarship recipients.

Resource Room at Lakes Elementary 
Pam Turlove, School Counselor at Lakes Elementary in Lacey, shared with us some ways in which NTEF funds have helped students at their school by providing toiletries, clothing and other supplies to students in need. 

"Because we have additional classrooms available, we were able to create a student resource area where our pantry will also be located. I used our remaining funds to purchase shoes, clothing and toiletries. Thank you for all you do to run NTEF and all you do for the kids. Have a great summer!" 
Business Donor Spotlight: 
Funeral Alternatives of Washington 
Clair Ferris, Founder, Funeral Alternatives of Washington 
"I was first introduced to NTEF by Mike Jones on our bowling league," says Clair Ferris, Founder of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. "We're both also involved in several community groups including the Lacey Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club. My Rotary Club is very active in local homelessness issues. The need to help youth in those conditions and low-income families resonates with me. We started giving as a company with small leftover dollars from projects that we had already budgeted for. I later attended the annual fundraiser and offered to take photos for the event since I enjoy photography as a hobby. I found that event and witnessing some of the awards given to students very meaningful and began to budget for larger contributions to NTEF for the future." 

"Mike speaks at numerous community functions. A recent presentation included an appeal to support a senior by donating a reasonable amount to help a senior walk at graduation. This is one way of the many ways in which the community can help. Mike is doing a stellar job in getting the word out. I am an active networker in the community, and see him everywhere! Of course, existing donors can be excellent missionaries for the cause as well," says Ferris. 

Thank you to Clair Ferris and Funeral Alternatives of Washington for your ongoing support!  
Learn More about Funeral Alternatives of Washington
Board Member Spotlight:
Blake Knoblauch
Member Services: Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Olympia, WA 
1. How did you first get involved in NTEF?
I was made aware of the Foundation and their mission by a past teacher of mine, Dorn Barr, who is also an NTEF Board Member. After hearing about the work that they were doing, I was elected to serve on the Board. 

  2. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, playing golf and entertaining friends and family. 
3. How do you believe the community can best support the work of NTEF?

The best way the community can support the foundation is by becoming a donor and helping us spread the word of all the amazing work we are doing for this community. 
Thank You to the Very Generous Sponsors of our 2018 Annual Luncheon 
Save the Date for the 17th Annual Luncheon on October 18, 2019! Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Contact us for Details! Email Executive Director Mike Jones here.
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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Lacey, WA 98509

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