Update #1
November 1, 2017

BE THE ONE 2017 - 2018 is on a Roll! Relationships from last year have been renewed and many more new students are waiting to be matched with their Mentors!  

Click on the picture to see how Tori's mentor has changed her life!

You can make a difference in the lives of more children like Tori 


Exciting new stuff!
Be The One HOPE

We have launched our  Be The One HOPE fundraising campaign to expand into Lynden Middle School. We THANK YOU ALL for the opportunity to grow - we will be delivering to  our partners and mentors your  Be The One HOPE  shirt as a thank you.  

Help us find 120 new donors to support this expansion:
  • Encourage friends or businesses to donate on line at www.betheonetoday.org
  • Spread the word by email and social media
  • Team up with friends for a fund-raiser
  • Invite us to speak at your church, club or small group
  • Designate Partners for Schools on Amazon Smile
More information is online at the website or click below to read more.

  Read more 

Be The One READY

The NW Workforce Development Council has found that regional labor shortages will be critical over the next 5 years.  One reason - limited meaningful "first job" opportunities for young people. 

Starting early 2018 students from LHS will have the opportunity to participate in Be The One READY, an internship program that allows students to acquire new skills and gain valuable experience by serving in the marketplace. 

Please read more by clicking the link below.

In This Issue

There's a New Way to Support BTO!

Do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com 
and a  portion of the proceeds are


to Partners for Schools International

It's just like using

Your Amazon Smile under the  Account & Lists tab

Select Partners for Schools International as your charity and  get the browser button.

 Shop at smile.amazon.com  
to never miss a chance to make a difference in the life of a student.
2016-2017 By The Numbers

The national average for retention of mentors year-over-year is 55%. We are excited to report that our Be The One mentor retention averages 82%.

This is due in large part to the efforts of our Coordinators, their matching successes and the training our Mentors receive. Why are students requesting a mentor in the first place?  We'll give you a hint. The #1 reason has nothing to do with homework help.

2016-2017 Coordinator's Report
At the end of the year our Mentor Coordinators prepared reports highlighting what your support has accomplished. There were many touching and inspiring stories.  A couple quotes from students:
  • "I can talk to my mentor about anything - life issues, relationships, my future plans. He's awesome!"  LHS Sophomore 
  • "I like talking to her about stuff and just hanging out. You can trust a mentor. Mentors don't judge."  LHS Freshman  
You can read more about the outstanding results each of you have helped make happen. W e have much to look forward to during this new school year.

That's a wrap! 

Students and mentors finished off the 2016-2017 year with a boat cruise around Bellingham Bay. This was a wonderful time of Celebration and Recognition for all involved. We are thankful for a donor's designated gift and all of the helpers who made this special recognition possible.

Be the One Cruise Promo 2017

Your support is positively impacting the lives of many, many students & their mentors; helping students achieve improved scholastic results, supporting our school teachers and positively transforming our community.  

Sponsors= 3 year pledge, monthly or annual
Partners = 1 year pledge, monthly donations
Donors = 1 time gifts

Pledges insure the sustainability of Be the One 

 Mail checks payable to:
  Partners for Schools
 1749 N. Cascade Way, Lynden 98264

Denny & Nancy McHarness
Co-founders | Partners for Schools
cell: (360) 305-9568

Be the One is a program of Partners for Schools.

Our Mission:
Bringing communities and schools together  to support student success.