(Burien, WA) The Highline Schools Foundation announced that it will again offer $10,000 to one school or program in Highline Public Schools this fall through their 2nd annual Impact Grant—created as an effort to make a meaningful difference in a specific program that aligns with the Highline Public Schools Strategic Plan. The $10,000 grant is in addition to the Foundation’s Excel Grant program—through which they will award multiple grants of up to $1,000 this year.
Global Connections High School was the winner of the Foundation’s first Impact Grant in 2013. The $10,000 Impact Grant funded the creation, training, and implementation of a student leader group at Global Connections, called the Positive Behavior Student Advisory Council, which adopted a peer-to-peer program that supports and intervenes with students with behavior issues that are keeping them from learning. “This program increases student voice, provides leadership opportunities and opportunities for critical thinking,” said Scott Gifford, last year’s Highline Schools Foundation board president.
- In this first year, the Positive Student Advisory Council trained and engaged 41 individual students as leaders in their school, with regularly empowering and meaningful responsibilities. This represents more than 10% of the on-campus student population making a significant commitment to improving their school culture.
- The peer mediation team ended up handling 26 cases, with 23 of those cases arriving at mutual restorative agreements between parties. More than half of these cases were handled in May-June, when the teams were at their most efficient capacity–a positive sign for next year’s work.
- The Positive Behavior Student Advisory Council will certainly continue in 2014-2015, with the benefit of starting from the very beginning of the school year – this year with a club designation and the accompanying small funding.
The 2014 Impact Grant is made possible by funding from Alaska Airlines. “Thanks to our partners, we can continue to make a more significant impact than ever before. We are continuing our popular Excel Grants to support specific classroom needs—but the Impact Grant offers resources on a larger scale—something we hope to do more of in the future,” said Ashley Fosberg, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
The 2014 Impact Grant application will be available on the Highline Schools Foundation website Monday, August 25. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The grant winner will be announced at the District’s “State of Our Schools” event on October 23, 2014. Grant funds will be distributed by December 1, 2014.