2015 Grants Available to Highline Public School Teachers and Programs

More grants available this year to Highline Public School teachers!

The Foundation will again offer $10,000 to one school or program in Highline Public Schools through the Impact Grant – which is funded in part by Alaska Airlines. The Foundation continues to support classroom innovation in the district, and provide teachers resources they need to help our students be successful through the annual Excel Grant program; and we recently partnered with Highline’s Department of Technology Services (DoTS) to offer Technology Grants specifically designed for all K-12 Highline Public School teachers.

Hackathon 2014

Around 100 middle and high school female students met at Mount Rainier High School to participate in the district’s first-ever hackathon, where the girls practiced computer coding skills. The hackathon was held to encourage girls to explore computer science careers, a field that is currently male-dominated. It kicked off with female technology leaders speaking about the tech industry, their personal education and career journeys, and why the tech industry needs more female leaders. (Impact Grant 2014)

The Impact Grant for $10,000 was created as a way to make a meaningful difference in a specific program in Highline Public Schools. The 2014 Impact Grant winner was “Making an Impact: Building Bright Futures for Young Women in Computer Science” submitted by Highline’s Career Access Department. This grant provided 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.

“Students need and deserve to know about high wage/high demand careers they can begin preparing for but likely won’t without early awareness and encouragement. The average salary for a computer programmer is $95,000 and employers in our region can’t hire fast enough,” said Julie Burr, Highline’s Career Access Manager. With funding from the Highline Schools Foundation, 126 young women, underrepresented in the field, came from all middle and high schools in the district to participate in a fun “Hackathon” where they heard from inspirational professionals and learned how to code.

6th Grade Student Compositions

Students were able to write about ways music is used to communicate, brainstorm ways they could use music to communicate, create a song, perform it, record it, and share with their classmates. (Bianca Smith – Cedarhurst Elementary School/2013 Excel Grant)

Excel Grants became a staple program of the Foundation in February 2002.  In 2014, the Foundation awarded $76,206 to 89 classroom grants throughout all schools in Highline Public Schools. Teachers are encouraged to submit grants each year, for a maximum amount of $1,000 each.

New in 2015 and in support of the District’s Strategic Plan where every student in the class of 2026 will graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate, and in support of all academic goals, the Department of Technology Services the Department of Technology Services (DoTS) is offering Technology Grants. Technology grants are open to all K-12 HPS teachers for projects which advance student achievement through the use of technology. The goals of this new grant are:  to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching; to fund the use of technology in innovative or additional programs that might not otherwise be possible within the current district budget priorities; and to expand upon current curriculum with innovative teaching strategies.

All grant applications are available on the Highline Schools Foundation website:

Focused Fitness

This grant helped support the Yoga program at HHS tremendously. Students practiced yoga on mats for the first time since the program began. Students were inspired to create a better learning environment, and created a Yoga studio-vibe in their run-down room. (Jasmine Kettler – Highline High School/2014 Excel Grant)

The ABC's of Reading

The generous $500 grant allowed me to purchase about 50 Level A books for our earliest readers. (Colleen Grady – Midway Elementary School/2014 Excel Grant)

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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