$76,000 for NK Schools!
Thanks to strong community support, the North Kitsap Schools Foundation awarded $76,000 in grants this month to fund learning opportunities that go beyond the basics for NK kids. In all, 35 projects won funding , bringing the Foundation's giving total to $365,614 since 2012! From field trips to physics equipment, a 3-D printer to STEAM nights, the Foundation supported teacher-driven proposals designed to spark innovation and inspire students. Examples include:
  • $1,000 for elementary students at five schools to take a field trip to Benaroya Hall and perform with the Seattle Symphony
  • $1,000 for virtual reality goggles that will allow AP history students to "tour" ancient sites
  • $1,300 for a 3-D printer that robotics students will build and then use to create robot parts
The NK Schools Foundation surprised Supt. Laurynn Evans with $10,000 to start a district FIRST Robotics program for the 2019-20 school year. "This is a dream I've had since I got to the district," she said. The international high school robotics competition is dubbed "the ultimate sport for the mind." And because engineering is a growing field, Evans said, "In FIRST Robotics, every kid can go pro."
KidWalk = Mobility
How's this for inspirational? The Foundation funded $4,775 for a KidWalk device that allows students in wheel chairs to stand up and participate in recess, PE and other activities that require mobility. Foundation President Shannon Singleton said the device breaks down barriers between special-needs students and their peers. It's sized for students from preschool to Grade 7 and will be used primarily at Poulsbo Elementary, Vinland and Wolfle.
Ag Report
NKHS junior Sydney Mahitka's Introduction to Agriculture class last year left quite an impression. And it's largely thanks to Foundation grants that equipped and updated the district's greenhouses. "Every week, we could go out to the greenhouses and actually see progress. It let us learn in a different way," she said. "Thank you for grants that allowed us to explore and extend our way of learning and really make a difference."
Poulsbo Thanks-giving
Here's what Poulsbo Elementary Principal Drew Crandall had to say about this year's grants: " Because of you, all students at my school will get access to new net sports. These are a life-long skill they get to engage in. Because of you, my first grade learners will have daily access to electronic resources to supplement their learning. Because of you, my preschoolers will have new and engaging materials to support their growth."
Thank you, NK community! Your support makes all of this possible.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Strong Schools = Strong Communities