Gold Star Awards – Nominations and Events

Hands in for HighlineHighline Schools Foundation announces “Hands In For Highline Schools” as the 2013 Gold Star Awards theme.

Each year, the Gold Star Awards Breakfast is a much-anticipated awards celebration and fundraiser to benefit the Foundation, which is the only non-profit organization supporting all schools in the Highline School District.

The Foundation directly supports students in our district in areas where state funding cannot, through grants for classroom innovation, funding for arts programming, help for students in need with sports participation fees, a substantial college scholarship program, and more.

In 2012, the Foundation surpassed the $2 million mark in funding to our district. The money we raise goes directly to our district and the students in our community for critical areas of need – classroom enrichment, technology, arts, athletics, college scholarships and outreach to our neediest of students and their families.


Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2013 Gold Star Awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Outstanding Classified or Professional Support Staff
  • Outstanding Administrator
  • Outstanding Alumnus

NOMINATIONS FROM the entire school and surrounding communities—staff, parents, students, business owners, and community members, are welcome and encouraged.  Nominations are being accepted online – the deadline for nominations to be submitted is March 6, 2013.


The annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast is the largest fundraiser supporting the entire Highline School District. At this event, not only do we honor the Gold Star Award winners, we raise critical funds to support the 18,000+ public school students by putting much-needed resources back into Highline Schools.

Date:   Friday, April 19, 2013
Location: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Conference Center
Time: Check in 7:00. Breakfast 7:30 – 9:00 am
Parking: Complimentary
Cost: Free to attend. A minimum donation of $125 is suggested at the event.
Registration: Space is Limited – RSVP today.


Please come help us celebrate the outstanding Teachers, Volunteers, Alumni, Staff and Administrators of Highline Public Schools at our district’s version of the Academy Awards! The Gold Star Awards BASH is a red-carpet style event (21 and over) featuring a night of music, drinks, appetizers and dancing and a LIVE announcement of the Gold Star Award winners. The cost is only $15 to attend.

Date:  Thursday, March 21, 2013
Location:  The Production Shop (an event space in Burien) – 14634 9th Avenue SW. Burien
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $15
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Support from community businesses and corporations is integral to our success. Thank you to Alaska Airlines, Badgley Phelps Investment Managers, Brown & Brown Insurance / Auto Warehousing, Cox Financial, Des Moines Rotary Club, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, Foster Pepper PLLC, Highline Education Association and King County Councilmember Julia Patterson for their early support of the Gold Star Awards Breakfast. Many levels of sponsorship are available, from $10,000 Premier Sponsor to $1,000 Community Sponsor.  Please contact Ashley Fosberg, Executive Director, at [email protected], for more information.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!