We Still Need Your Help
Please consider a donation to Ballard Cares
A letter from the PTSA Interim President:

Every year, the Ballard PTSA sponsors a Direct Appeal to support academics in the classroom. But this year we pivoted, given the cruel pervasiveness of this pandemic and its detrimental effect on many of our families, and asked our community to save some of those donation dollars for the Ballard Cares campaign.

From a personal perspective, there have been bright moments at our house so far this school year: a VERY well walked dog, “Queen’s Gambit” inspired chess tourneys, and a junior Beaver somehow showing his frosh brother “the ropes” of high school while engaging in online learning mere feet away. Checking out the Ballard Curbside Pickup events for new reads and a quick hello to familiar faces. But there have been hardships too. Is high school really high school on a Teams grid? Getting to participate in cross-country workouts for a short stretch, but in a masked and different capacity.

Aside from the bumps we’ve had squeezing that high school experience into a digital learning world, we are mindful of those in our community who are not just uncomfortable with this version of high school but are wondering about their next meal, rent payment or grocery bill. Those who are struggling financially, emotionally and physically due to COVID-19. Businesses have closed, neighbors have lost jobs and food banks are overwhelmed. This is the hard and ugly truth of this pandemic.

While we cannot wave a magic wand and make the pandemic go away, we can continue to show those suffering in our midst that Ballard Cares. Even a small donation can go a long way to helping a student and their family know they’ve got the BHS Community in their corner.

In the past few weeks, our school community's Bucky's Home for the Holidays kind gift card donations have gone a long way to help make the season brighter for Ballard families. Thank you. Ballard Cares is a way for us to continue a basic-needs level of support for those hardest-hit families as we enter into the new year.

For those who have already donated to Ballard Cares, thank you for your support. It's been a long 2020 but it is amazing the way this Beaver family continues to rally for one another.
Gloria Kruzner
Interim President,

Ballard High School PTSA
What is Ballard Cares?

Ballard Cares is a fundraiser intended to provide monthly assistance for food and basic needs for families in crisis, developed last spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it allows Principal Wynkoop to meet the emergent needs of families in our community who are struggling with the impacts of the pandemic.

In a renewed partnership this fall, Ballard High School, the Ballard High School PTSA, and the Ballard High School Foundation are again bringing all of us together to make sure that those most severely impacted in our community know that Ballard Cares.

Please contribute whatever you can, whether that is $5, $50 or $5,000, and that money will go directly to supporting families in our community.

If your family is in need of assistance, please contact either your student’s counselor or an administrator at school to let us know what we can do to help.

Many of us are so fortunate to have our needs met on a daily basis, but now is the time for us to come together to ensure that EVERYONE in our community knows that Ballard Cares.

Thank you for your kind consideration,

Keven Wynkoop Principal, Ballard High School
Gloria Kruzner Interim President, BHS PTSA
Paul Plumis Co-President, BHS Foundation
Joel Niemeyer Co-President, BHS Foundation
Dick Lee Executive Director, BHS Foundation
Corporate Matching

Remember to check to see if your company offers matching of charitable contributions. Many do, and some even match up to 100% of your donation!

Check this list to see if your company offers a match, or ask your employer!

Thank you for your generosity!

Email with questions | Ballard High School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity, Federal Tax ID #91-1811275