Back to School Resource Fairs

Des Moines Back to School Resource FairHighline Schools Foundation is proud to play a part in these back to school fairs – wonderful events that helps get students and families the resources they need to start the school year.

Our goal is to build community ownership for student success by bringing critical resources and supports to low income students and families. If you are a parent or guardian with a student attending a Highline school, please watch for an email this summer for more information about an upcoming fair in your area.

Conducted in partnership with local businesses, organizations, school programs and community members, back to school resource fairs are designed to relieve some of the stress as parents gear up to get their children ready for a new year of classes. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of resources and supports available to them such as after-school programs, schedules for immunizations and sports exams, affordable childcare and health care providers, and basic assistance programs.

The Back to School Fairs have become high profile community events 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 our resources, reduce family anxiety and build community support for the greater good of our families.

  • If you are a business or community organization and you would like to become a sponsor or sign up for a booth for any of these fairs, please contact the person listed as “contact” for each location for more information.

Des Moines Back to School Resource Fair

Serving families from Des Moines, Midway, North Hill, and Parkside Elementary plus Pacific Middle School and Mount Rainier High School

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Steven J. Underwood Park, 21800 20th Avenue S., Des Moines
Contact: Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation, (206) 631-3120 / [email protected]

Sponsorship & booth information for the Des Moines event can be found HERE

SeaTac Back to School Resource Fair

Serving families from SeaTac Schools, Hilltop Elementary and Valley View Preschool

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Valley Ridge Park, 4644 South 188th Street in SeaTac next to Tyee High School
Contact: Amy Lloyd Wagner, Director of Community Programs, Refugees Northwest, (206) 816-3241 / [email protected]

This annual event 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.

White Center Promise: Back-to-School Celebration

Serving students who attend White Center Heights Elementary, Mount View Elementary, Cascade Middle School, and Evergreen High School

Date: August 17, 2018
Greenbridge Plaza, 8th Avenue SW & 99th Street SW, White Center
Facebook event page: 8th Annual White Center Back-to-School Celebration
Contact: White Center Community Development Association, (206) 694-1082 / [email protected]

The White Center Promise aims to eliminate barriers to equity and provide a foundation for family and student success from the time a child is born until they transition from post-secondary to gainful employment. 

Thank you 2018 Des Moines Back to School Fair Sponsors


Amerigroup focuses on improving health and wellness one member at a time, by doing the right thing for every member every time.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

At Girl Scouts, your girl will prepare for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls!

Greencore Seattle

Greencore is a leading manufacturer of convenience food products for many of the largest food brands, convenience retail and food service leaders in the US.

Sponsorships benefit every student, in every classroom, every day!

Please contact us for more information about sponsorship opportunities available for all Highline Schools Foundation events. Anne Baunach, Executive Director.

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"As a John L. Scott broker, my mission is transactional excellence and client satisfaction. That means I work tirelessly to make your home buying or selling process as efficient, stress-free and lucrative for you as possible." ~ Tony Hettler

rotary club of des moines and normandy park

Since 1958, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park worked to help when and where we can. We are also the organizers of the fundraisers known as the Poverty Bay Wine Festival and Blues & Brews.



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South King Firefighters Foundation

We work closely with the South King Fire & Rescue, South King Professional Firefighters Local 2024, and other civic organizations.



Part of being a good neighbor is supporting communities through local giving. Our grants help more kids get involved in youth soccer programs, and provide K-12 schools support for field trips and other things they need.

Tim's Cascade Snacks

Tim's has been creating our famous chips in the shadow of the Cascade Mountain range since 1986 using an old family recipe.

Wesley Homes

Wesley is a not-for-profit organization offering a full spectrum of lifestyle options for aging well, including residential communities, in-home health and care services in King and Pierce counties.

Windermere Foundation

For the past 29 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home  purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities.

Highline Schools Foundation Sustaining Sponsors
Highline Schools Foundation Sustaining Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Burger Broiler & Safeway

2018 Booth Participants

  • Americgroup: Amerigroup focuses on improving health and wellness one member at a time, by doing the right thing for every member every time. We engage and support members and their families to be active participants in their care and to help them make healthy, informed decisions.
  • ANEW: ANEW improves peoples’ lives by providing quality training, employment navigation and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers.
    • Construction Apprenticeship Exploration Week. Students spend one week getting the hands-on skills and inside info you need to score high-paying, in-demand careers in the regions’ booming construction industry. One week session begins August 20
  • Best Starts for Kids: Best Starts for Kids is considered the most comprehensive approach to child development in the nation. Best Starts invests an average of $65 million per year to support King County families and children so that babies are born healthy, children thrive, and young people grow into happy, healthy adults.
  • Community Health Plan of WA: The only not-for-profit plan providing managed care to Washington’s Apple Health members.Your health is our life’s work.
  • Comcast Internet Essentials: Access to high-speed internet at home opens up a world of knowledge and opportunities for you and your children. Internet Essentials from Comcast brings affordable internet home. You may qualify if your child is eligible for the National School Lunch Program.
  • Des Moines Area Food Bank: Emergency food service for those in need in the city of Des Moines, Washington, most of Seatac, and the west hill of Kent, Washington.
  • Des Moines Garden Truck: The garden truck helps reconnect urban communities to real food, nutrition and the art of growing their own food.
  • Des Moines Library: Located at 21620 11th Avenue South, Des Moines the library is open 7-days a week.
  • DSHS Washington Connection: Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs.
  • Girl Scouts of Western WA: We’re 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. 
  • HealthPoint: A network of healthcare and related services—and links to other health and community services.
  • HealthPoint Midway Dental: To help people stay well in every way, we provide other essential services in addition to primary medical and dental care.
  • HealthPoint Midway WIC: WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the “Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.” WIC staff are available in most of HealthPoint’s clinics.
  • Highline Public Schools
    • Free and Reduced Priced Meals: We participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs sponsored by the USDA. Breakfast and lunch are available at no cost or at a reduced price to qualifying students. Families must reapply each year.
    • Mount Rainier ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program): Our ECEAP program provides free preschool for eligible families, serving children throughout the Highline community. These classes are half-day, AM/PM and run Monday-Thursday.  For families who may be eligible or for more information, please contact Elisa Turner Opens a New Window at 206-631-3190.
  • Kids Cavity Prevention Program: Kids Cavity Prevention Program is a mobile dental outreach program which brings preventative oral health services to schools, daycare’s, preschools, and community events. All dental services are provided by Licensed Dentists and Registered Dental Assistants. Quality services friendly staff. We aim to make children smile.
  • King County 9-1-1: Emery the Emergency Penguin is here to help kids learn how, when, and where to call 9-1-1.
  • Public Health King County: Protecting and improving the health and well-being of King County.
  • Puget Sound Energy: You work hard for every dollar, and PSE wants to help you save as much as you can. At our Savings & Energy Center, you’ll find lots of money- and energy-saving programs including instant rebates, valuable offers, useful energy efficiency tips and more.
  • Sea-Mar Community Health Center: Sea Mar Community Health Centers, founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington state. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services. Sea Mar’s network of services includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services. 
  • South King Fire & Rescue: South King Fire & Rescue is committed to teaching fire safety and injury prevention. If you are a public or private school instructor and would like to speak with a public educator about visiting your classroom or have any questions about fire and injury prevention call our office at 253-946-7347 
  • Teenlink of Crisis Connections: Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections, formerly known as Crisis Clinic, that empowers youth to make positive and self-respecting decisions about their lives and provides resources and assistance to help them. Teen Link includes a statewide teen-answered help line every evening between 6-10 PM, online chat support, youth suicide prevention training, community outreach and education, as well as the distribution of our free Where to Turn for Teens resource guides. Teen Link focuses on serving youth in the Seattle-King County area and Washington State. 1(866)TEENLINK (833-6546)
  • Valley Cities – Midway Clinic: Valley Cities provides inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance use disorder treatment, along with support services to individuals, children, and families living in King County. We believe that with treatment, anything is possible.
  • Washington Poison Center: The Washington Poison Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the citizens of Washington state since 1956. Our poison information specialists answer more than 63,000 calls a year from Washingtonians related to poisoning and toxic exposures. We are always here to help, 24/7/365. (800)222-1222
  • WithinReach: Families are why we’re here. Whether it’s a mother with her newborn, a single dad with his teen, or grandparents with their grandkids, we’re here.We are most concerned with making sure that families in need know all their options. There are many types of barriers they face: language, literacy, location, transportation, and technology, just to name a few.
  • Y.E.T.I. (Youth Experiential Training Institute): The Youth Experiential Training Institute (Y.E.T.I.) is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2009 serving students ages 5 to 18 in the South King County area from diverse ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds with meaningful, adventure-based experiences. We work hard to make outdoor recreation more accessible to all youth.


Are you interested in donating school supplies? We have a wonderful company that we work with that allows us to buy the name brand items at wholesale prices. We distribute to students throughout in schools throughout the district that need help with school supplies. Some of these students may be homeless; others are students who live below the poverty line.

Because of our ability to access the wholesale prices, the easiest way to support providing students with supplies is through monetary donations and we will take care of the purchasing and distribution. In 2017, the cost of the backpacks filled with supplies was $12.89 for elementary school backpacks and $12.30 for middle school backpacks. You can donate online: (Choose “Backpacks and School Supplies” in the Direct Your Donation drop-down box) or send a check to the Highline Schools Foundation at 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA 98166.


Another option is to check the supply lists for your local school ( and drop supplies off at the school for the office manager to distribute to students and teachers.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation, 206.631.3120, [email protected]