Schools get funds to help kids

OLympia: Money will buy shoes, coats

lpemberton@theolympian.comSeptember 25, 2012 

The Olympia School District Education Foundation surpassed its goal and raised a record $29,000 for its Principals Emergency Checkbook Fund during its recent annual fundraising breakfast, board president Ann Flannigan said Monday.

The money will be divided up among the district’s schools using a formula that calculates student population and participation in the free- and reduced-lunch program.

“The schools with higher poverty get more money,” Flannigan said. “The schools with less (need) get less.”

School administrators will be able to use the money to help students in need of emergency items such as clothing, food and eyeglasses, or school-related items such as field trip fees.

“A classic example, but it’s true, is a child who shows up to school without a coat or shoes,” Flannigan said.

More than 200 people attended Friday’s event, which featured keynote speaker Bill Moos, an Olympia High graduate and athletic director at Washington State University.

Capital High Principal Chris Woods told the crowd that he’s used the Checkbook Fund to help students who wore the same outfit to school every day because that’s all they had. When kids get help they need, there’s an instant shift in their attitudes and classroom results, he said.

“It’s those basic items that help give students the confidence boost they need and allows them to be comfortable so they can focus on learning,” Woods said.

For more information on the foundation, go to www.osdef.org.

lpemberton@theolympian.com 360-754-5433 www.theolympian.com/edblog @Lisa_Pemberton

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