Impact Grant

The Foundation’s Impact Grant 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.

Thanks to our partners, including major funding from Alaska Airlines, this grant allows the Foundation to make a more significant impact than ever before. Our popular Excel Grants support specific classroom needs — but the Impact Grant offers resources on a larger scale — something we hope to do more of in the future.

Grant requests are accepted each fall and we announce the program on our website, Facebook and Twitter.



Impact Grant Presentation at Chinook Middle School

Wednesday morning at Chinook Middle School (pictured left right) Chinook Principal Karin Jones, Foundation Trustee Patti Gifford, Elizabeth Nelson, CTE Teacher, Foundation Trustee Aileen Cronin, Carlos Zendejas, Alaska Airlines Captain. (not pictured) Sydni Neves, Instructional Coach.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Impact Grant recipient Chinook Middle School for the proposal “Bots Build Brains” submitted by Sydni Neves and Elizabeth Nelson!

Foundation Trustee and Alaska Airlines employee Aileen Cronin presented the check to Elizabeth this morning along with Alaska Airlines Captain Carlos Zendejas and Foundation Trustee Patti Gifford. “Syndi & Elizabeth submitted a grant application that literally spoke to us. They proudly described their kids accomplishments, despite the fact the kids were using broken robot parts, as remarkable. Their BOTS BUILD BRAINS effort is and will change the lives and futures for their students. The Foundation, in partnership with Alaska Airlines, is proud to help make their dreams a reality.” said Aileen after the presentation.

Thanks to funding through the Impact Grant, students at Chinook Middle School will learn programming through robotics, a skill that is highly sought after in the business world. In addition to offering robotics units through their design & engineering classes, they have partnered with students from the Skunk Works Robotics Team at Raisbeck Aviation High School to create an after school club and build a team ready to compete in robotics competitions through FLL (First Lego League) next fall.

“We have a great opportunity to engage some brains and grow critical thinkers by capturing our students’ interest in and excitement about robotics. With Bots Build Brains, we will be able to provide opportunities for students to work together to ask, imagine, plan, create and improve as they complete challenges with their robots. We will introduce students to programming through robotics.” said Sydni Neves.

Bots Build Brains Final Report


2015 Impact Grant Winner - Design and Engineering

(L to R) Foundation Executive Director Ashley Fosberg, Foundation Trustees Scott Lautman and Aileen Cronin, Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield, Sandy Gady, Design and Engineering Teacher at Pacific Middle School (Impact Grant Winner), and Brad Tilden, President CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group

The 2015 Impact Grant winner, announced at the Highline Schools’ State of our Schools event on November 2, is “Design and Engineering” submitted by Sandy Gady, Design and Engineering Teacher at Pacific Middle School.

Pacific Middle School will receive $10,000 to implement Sandy’s vision: “Maker Faires” are a growing phenomenon that launched in the Bay area in 2006. Maker Faires are “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth.” Initially designed to be forward-looking showcases for makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies, the Faire is not just for technical fields, rather it features “innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.”

Design & Engineering Final Report


Making an Impact-Building Bright Futures for Young Women in Computer Science

(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 2014 Impact Grant winner was “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 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.

This Impact Grant funded educational, recruitment, retention and support programs on all four high school campuses – all related to computer science and information technology. This grant included 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.


Impact-Grant - Global Connections HS

Pictured left to right: Scott Gifford, Highline Schools Foundation President; Dr. Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools Superintendent; Rick Harwood, Global Connections High School Principal; Ashley Fosberg, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director

Global Connections High School’s new “Positive Behavior Student Advisory Council” program was the winner of Highline Schools Foundation’s first annual 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 will adopt a peer-to-peer program that supports and intervenes with students who with behavior issues that are keeping them from learning.

Read about the 2013 Impact Grant winner on our blog