Cougar Ridge Elementary principal Drew Terry outlined the effect of the After-School Assistance Program (ASAP).

Cougar Ridge Elementary principal Drew Terry outlined the effect of the After-School Assistance Program (ASAP).

Issaquah Schools Foundation host 21st annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon

ISF will be hosting a Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 14.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) recently hosted its 21st annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 3 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Established in 1987, ISF has raised more than $12 million in private fundraising dollars to support students and educators of the Issaquah School District (ISD).

ISF supports various programs for ISD such as Cultural Bridges, Tools4Schools, After School Homework Labs and Feeding Student Success. A full list of programs can be found on the ISF website (http://isfdn.org/our-purpose/).

The annual luncheon served as an opportunity for Issaquah parents and community members to continue to support ISF programs and services.

Cougar Ridge Elementary School principal Drew Terry highlighted one of the programs ISF supports — the After-School Assistance Program (ASAP). For Terry, it all began many years ago with his own son who struggled with reading. After working with the principal at his son’s school to start a homework club, his son’s reading improved.

“We started with just one grade level, with just one subject,” he said. “A lot of kids just need a little extra help and support.”

In the program’s first year, more than 50 students received support.

“It was getting so big… We knew we had to keep going,” Terry said. “We needed more teachers and more sustainable funding. That’s when I turned to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.”

Through ISF’s support, the ASAP program is in every ISD elementary school. Cougar Ridge Elementary fifth-grade student Colby Chambers said the ASAP program has helped him become more confident in math.

“Math was always hard for me to understand,” he said. “Being in the ASAP program made it easier for me to ask questions and feel more confident.”

Aside from academics, ISF also supports the fine arts through its fine arts fund. Robin Wood, Liberty High School’s choir teacher, stressed the importance of the fine arts for student success.

“The arts are fundamental to education,” she said. “Music has the power to electrify learning.”

The Liberty High School jazz choir performed at the beginning of the luncheon. Wood said without the support of ISF, there wouldn’t be nearly as many music and arts programs, much less the students to participate in them.

Liberty High School jazz choir junior Alison Fullington said being a part of the music program has had a great influence on her.

“Music can alter the way of thinking,” she said. “Music connects us, it connects communities, it connects emotions… The fine arts are irreplaceable.”

In the closing of the luncheon, Costco’s assistant vice president of international finance and administration and ISF’s treasurer John Gleason encouraged luncheon attendees to donate.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential,” he said. “Think about the power you have to change students’ lives. Please give heroically.”

ISF will be hosting another Nourish Every Mind fundraiser breakfast on May 14 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah. For more information about ISF go online to http://isfdn.org/.

Cougar Ridge Elementary fifth grader, Colby Chambers, explained how the After-School Assistance Program (ASAP) helped him become more confident in math. Madison Miller / staff photo

Cougar Ridge Elementary fifth grader, Colby Chambers, explained how the After-School Assistance Program (ASAP) helped him become more confident in math. Madison Miller / staff photo

Liberty High School choir teacher, Robin Wood, spoke at the ISF luncheon on May 3. Madison Miller / staff photo

Liberty High School choir teacher, Robin Wood, spoke at the ISF luncheon on May 3. Madison Miller / staff photo

Costco’s Assistant Vice President of International Finance and Administration and ISF’s treasurer, John Gleason, encourages luncheon attendees to donate. Madison Miller / staff photo

Costco’s Assistant Vice President of International Finance and Administration and ISF’s treasurer, John Gleason, encourages luncheon attendees to donate. Madison Miller / staff photo

Madison Miller / staff photos
                                Luncheon attendees fill out donation forms at the end of the Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 3.

Madison Miller / staff photos Luncheon attendees fill out donation forms at the end of the Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 3.

More in News

Issaquah Valley Trolley rides bring back railroad history

The Issaquah Valley Trolley has begun its summer round trip rides from the depot to Gilman Boulevard

Ashley Hiruko/illustration
Susan’s quest for ‘justice’ and the civil legal system dilemma

Susan Chen’s story begins as a criminal matter. In 2013 she paid… Continue reading

Issaquah, EFR, Ecology, finalize report on PFAS in the city

A report on chemical impacts to the Lower Issaquah Valley is being finalized by the city.

Issaquah asks citizens what they want in a city administrator

The opinion of the citizens will play a factor in the hiring process of a new city administrator.

Issaquah residents file for November 2019 general election

Residents in the city of Issaquah and the Issaquah School Districts have… Continue reading

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn sent a letter to the FBI asking for them to help investigate Allan Thomas (pictured), who is under investigation for stealing more than $400,000 of public funds and skirting election laws in an Enumclaw drainage district. Screenshot from King 5 report
King County Council requests report on special districts in wake of fraud allegations

Small, local special districts will face more scrutiny following Enumclaw drainage district case.

Issaquah High School employee one of five confirmed with measles

School urges families to monitor children for signs.

The Marquee on Meeker Apartments, 2030 W. Meeker St. in Kent, will feature 492 apartments and 12,000 square feet of retail. The first phase of 288 apartments is expected to be completed in early 2020. Developers are targeting people in their 20s and 30s to rent their high-end, urban-style apartments. Steve Hunter/staff photo
Housing study pokes holes in conventional wisdom

High construction and land costs will incentivize developers to build luxury units.

Madison Miller / staff photo 
                                Jerry Blackburn, program manager for Substance Abuse and Prevention Services with Friends of Youth and soon-to-be executive director for Influence the Choice, gave a presentation to Issaquah parents about the dangers of teen vaping.
Smoking is out, Vaping is in: ITC educates parents on effects of teen vaping

Influence the Choice hosts talk for Issaquah parents about the effects of teen vaping

Most Read