Just over $50,000 was raised in pledges and donations during North Thurston Education Foundation’s annual Partners for Kids Luncheon on Tuesday.
The nonprofit gives assistance grants to students in need to cover items such as medication, clothing, fees for athletic and music programs, utility bills and groceries. It also awards scholarships to graduating seniors and provides grants to help teachers.
Timberline High School choir teacher Terry Shaw, who also is founder and director of the Olympia Choral Society, gave the keynote speech at the event.
For more information on the foundation, go to www.ntef.org.