The 2014/15 Impact Grant Winner!
(L to R) Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield with Foundation President Kristen Kerns, Royce Badley (Impact Grant Winner), and Foundation Trustees Aileen Cronin and Erin Ambrozic
The Impact Grant program, now in its second year, is partially funded by Alaska Airlines. The grant is a tool in which the Foundation awards $10,000 to one school or program in the district for an opportunity that aligns with the Highline Public Schools strategic plan in a way that impacts a large number of students.
This year’s Impact Grant winner, announced at the State of our Schools event on 11/23/14, is a grant called "Making an Impact: Building Bright Futures for Young Women in Computer Science". It was written by Royce Badley, Assistant Director of Career & College Pathways, and Julie Burr, Career Access Manager, for Highline Public Schools.
This grant provides funds to help increase the number of high school females in computer science classes, to spark their interest in technology related careers, and to help them graduate prepared for a future in the computer science field. This Impact Grant funds educational, recruitment, retention and support programs on all four high school campuses – all related to computer science and information technology. This grant includes funding for: An after school “apps” club; career exploration field trips; a district-wide event called “apps day”; a luncheon with women role models in the computer science field; and hand held devices or programmable robots on which students can learn and practice coding.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer Highline’s female students the opportunity to learn about and be supported in pursuing careers in the high tech industry. We live in an amazing place surrounded by a thriving high tech industry which offers high-wage, high-demand jobs. Unfortunately, young women are not preparing for these careers. These funds will help our program will change that – by enabling our female students to envision a future in this industry – and in turn find meaning and purpose in their current classes," said Impact Grant winner Royce Badley.
Every dollar counts ...
A gift to Highline Schools Foundation is something much bigger than one donation – it signifies that you believe in a future where all students reach their highest potential, where all teachers can provide enriched learning experiences and where all graduates are college or career ready – and that such a future is worth fighting for.
GOLD STAR AWARD NOMINATIONS
Each year since 2001, the Highline Schools Foundation has solicited nominations from community members, district employees and parents for their prestigious Gold Star Awards.
Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2015 Gold Star Awards in the following categories:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding Volunteer
- Outstanding Classified or Professional Support Staff
- Outstanding Administrator
- Outstanding Alumnus
Click HERE to nominate your Gold Star Today!
A BIG THANK YOU! to everyone who helped make both the Burien Brat Trot and Oktoberfest Auction such great successes!
Whether you were a volunteer, attendee, sponsor or donor - your support is always integral to our success! And because of events like the Brat Trot and Oktoberfest, the Foundation has the honor to help support our teachers and schools with the annual Excel Grants!
Every year, the Highline Schools Foundation grants teachers the funds they need to support unique and innovative programs in their classrooms that their schools budget's can't provide through Excel Grants.
The 2014 receipts will be announced in early December on our website - so check back here or you can follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all of our happenings.
In 2013, The Highline Schools Foundation awarded $48,675 through 77 classroom grants at 35 different schools in Highline Public Schools and this year we hope to do more! >>You can read more about last year's grant recipients here.
Kristen Kerns, Highline Schools Foundation President, was recently interviewed for Comcast Newsmakers. In the interview, Kristen talks about the Foundation, our goals, our plans and how our community can get involved in the exciting work that we are doing.
In the News:
|10/23/14: Highline Schools Foundation to award over $60,000 in grants this fall! With two of our largest public fundraisers, the Burien Brat Trot and the Oktoberfest Auction, recently completed, the Highline Schools Foundation is now making plans to distribute the funds the organization raised directly to schools through its two grant programs: the Highline Schools Foundation Impact Grant, and Highline Schools Foundation Excel Grants. Read more on our blog.