August Back to School Fairs – Des Moines and SeaTac

Backpacks

Backpacks – all ready for school … just add kids! Photo courtesy of B-Town Blog

(Burien, WA) The Highline Schools Foundation is proud to play a part in these two successful back to school events:

  • On Thursday, August 14, the SeaTac Community held their annual Back to School Fair (BTSF), which provides SeaTac families with a fun, safe, and supportive environment to ensure their children receive the proper vision, nutrition, medical, dental, and academic resources they need to be ready for school. Over 2,500 students were served with backpacks filled with school supplies, a free meal, shoes, back to school haircuts, and other necessary resources to help their families.

The SeaTac Back to School Fair has become a high-profile community event because service providers have learned that when it comes to delivering services, it no longer pays to do it alone. Local organizations, agencies, and businesses have come together to leverage resources, reduce family anxiety, and build community support for the greater good of our families. Following SeaTac’s example, local organizations and nonprofits in the Des Moines area came together and created their own back to school fair for their community.

  • On Thursday, August 7, the Des Moines community held their first Back to School Fair and over 500 backpacks were distributed. Principals from Des Moines, Parkside and North Hill were all there, and were so pleased we were able to serve the families of their schools. The City of Des Moines was a huge partner in this – especially Des Moines Parks, Recreation & Senior Services and the Senior Center.
Comcast Internet Essentials Tent (Photo courtesy of B-Town Blog)

Comcast Internet Essentials Tent (Photo courtesy of B-Town Blog)

Thanks to funding from Comcast in partnership with Highline Schools Foundation, an internet tent was available at each Back to School Fair complete with laptops, free internet service, and volunteers to help families navigate district resources online. Steve Kipp, VP of Communications for Comcast’s Washington Region, had this to say: “At Comcast, we are proud to support the Highline Schools Foundation and the Highline School District with their efforts to remove barriers to reliable, high-speed broadband access through our financial support of the back to school resource fair and with our Internet Essentials low-cost broadband adoption program, available to students enrolled in the National Free and Reduced Lunch program. Since its inception in three years ago, nearly 20,000 families across the state, including hundreds in the Highline School District have signed up for the service.”

Back to School Fair

Thanks to funding from Comcast in partnership with Highline Schools Foundation, an internet tent was available at each Back to School Fair complete with laptops, free internet service, and volunteers to help families navigate district resources online.

Both groups were thrilled about the successful Back to School Fairs and everyone involved is truly thankful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and fair participants who made the 8th Annual BTSF and the 1st annual Des Moines BTSF a huge success. The committees hope to continue growing the fairs while remaining faithful to the vision of ensuring all students are ready to start to school year off right. Given the success of this year’s fairs, they are certain the 2014/15 school year is going to be a good one for our students.

Comcast Internet Essentials Tent

Comcast Internet Essentials Tent

SeaTac Back to School Fair (3) - courtesy of B-Town Blog

Photo courtesy of B-Town Blog

 

SeaTac Back to School Fair (2) - courtesy of B-Town Blog

Photo courtesy of B-Town Blog

Des Moines Back to School Fair (3) - courtesy of B-Town Blog

Photo courtesy of the B-Town Blog

Des Moines Back to School Fair - courtesy of B-Town Blog

Local organizations (like King County Library), agencies, and businesses have come together to leverage resources, reduce family anxiety, and build community support for the greater good of our families.

2014 Back to School Fair Sponsors – Des Moines:

  • Corporate: Franciscan Highline Medical Center, HealthPoint, Puget Sound Energy, Recology/CleanScapes
  • Foundation: The Grainger Foundation, Highline Schools Foundation, South King Firefighters Foundation
  • Non-Profit Collaborators: Des Moines Area Food Bank
  • Civic: City of Des Moines, Des Moines Police Department, Highline Public Schools, South King Fire & Rescue
  • Service Clubs: Rotary Club of Des Moines

 

2014 Back to School Fair Sponsors – SeaTac:

  • Corporate:Comcast, Swedish Medical Center, Alaska Airlines, Matt Griffin YMCA, Coldwell Banker-Danforth & Associates, Recology/Cleanscapes, Molina Healthcare, Coordinated Care, United Heatlhcare-Community Plan, Community Health Plan of Washington, Gene Juarez, Graham Trucking, Rontra Freight, International Truck Leasing & Rental
  • Foundation:Windermere Foundation, Highline Schools Foundation
  • Non-Profit Collaborators:Angle Lake Neighborhood Church, Lutheran Community Service NW, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, SOAR, World Vision, Smile Partners, Project Feast
  • Civic:City of SeaTac, SeaTac Police Department, Firefighters Local 2919, Highline School District, King County Library, Sound Transit
  • Service Clubs:Rotary Club of SeaTac, Exchange Club of Highline

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!

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