Fisher Jones Family Dentistry has long been a supporter of families and education.
Both Olympia and North Thurston School Districts’ foundations offer support to the children of our area in many ways:
Olympia School District Education Foundation was founded 1998. The foundation has awarded grants for instructional tools to more than 300 teachers and has provided more than $590,000 in resources to enhance readiness to learn and success in education.
The volunteer board raises money through events such as this annual musical which is put on by the teachers and staff from around the district.
The funds raised are used for programs that have a direct impact on all students:
The Olympia School District Education Foundation provides grants to teachers for specific classroom activities and materials not funded by the district. For example, these grants may be used for tutoring programs, science kits, or specialized books and software. Over 340,000 has been given by the foundation to our district teachers for the education of all district students.
Science & Math Learning Initiative
Designed to enhance success in math and science at all grade levels with particular focus on Middle and High School. About $20,000 of foundation funds were given to the schools for the 2011/2012 School year and plans are in place to provide an additional $24,000 for the 2012/2013 school year. Programs funded include Science and Math Tutoring, Robotics, Science Field Trips and Science Fairs, Equipment Repair and Replacement (microscopes etc)The plan is to do the same or more for the coming years.
Outdoor Education Program
The Olympia School District Outdoor Education program is designed to allowall 5th graders have the opportunity to go away to learn about the Pacific Northwest through hands on outdoor science activities. This has been a valued tradition in the school district for decades and the Olympia Education Foundation has granted over $70,000 to support this educational experience for all 5th grade students.
Principal Emergency Checkbook Fund
These funds provide school principals with a discretionary account to help assure the students in their buildings can focus on learning and academic success. It helps students in need of basics such as warm coats, shoes in good repair, learning materials and even food in their stomachs.
Through the Principals Emergency Checkbook Fund, OSDEF ensures students are "ready to learn" by meeting basic needs of students whose families are struggling financially. Recent statistics reveal that:
Nearly 200 community members annually attend the"Foundation for Success" breakfast, contributing more than $80,000 to the Principals Emergency Checkbook Fund since its inception 5 years ago. The fund provides principals a resource to assist students who lack a basic need that has become a barrier to learning. Winter coats, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, dental care, healthy snacks, laundry tokens, and much more have been provided to kids via the fund.
OSDEF, a non-profit IRS 501(c) (3) organization, raises funds through contributions and community events. To learn more about the programs sponsored by the OSDEF and how you can help contribute to the success of students in our community visit: www.osdef.org
Approximately 261 school-age students in North Thurston Public Schools are homeless.
North Thurston Education Foundation was created in 1988 and is an all-volunteer organization with no paid officers or physical office and has minimal overhead costs. It continues to support the children of the Lacey area:
For more information about North Thurston Education Foundation and to find out how you can help children in our area, log onto ntef.org.