Kids Filled with Gratitude
Each month, hundreds of students are impacted by the generous donors who access the Yakima Schools Foundation to make a financial impact in the Yakima School District. We love hearing about the difference you make every day in our schools, through the letters and drawings we receive from Yakima’s kids who are overflowing with gratitude for the opportunities you help to create.
These drawings and thank you notes came from a classroom at Robertson Elementary, but they represent the hundreds of drawings and thank you notes we receive every year. They are a key reminder of our ongoing investment in building a better world with your help! Our dedicated board of directors, staff and volunteers invite you to join us here at the Yakima Schools Foundation to continue making a difference in the lives of our valley’s children in whatever way you can. And we thank you for joining your peers and others who honor this mission and dedication to teaching our students to dream, work, care, and share gratitude.
Celebrate Our Youth
Thursday, March 23
Yakima Convention Center
$400 per table of 10
Celebrate Our Youth is our annual breakfast that celebrates the achievements of our students and the dedication of our public school teachers and educators. This year’s theme is “Strong Roots Create A Strong Foundation.” We’re excited to welcome back to Yakima, former KIMA education reporter, Matt Finn, as our 2017 keynote speaker to talk about the impact of one great teacher in a child’s life and the difference his teachers had on his life and career. KIMA Weatherman, Mike McCabe, will entertain the crowd as Master of Ceremonies. We’ll feature drama, dance, cheer and integrated artwork, prepared by elementary students throughout the Yakima School District. Attend this inspiring breakfast and start your day feeling great about our valley and the future we’re investing in together through our students today.
The Yakima Schools Foundation event directly supports enhanced educational activities in the Yakima School District. Though an event may last a short time, the impact is felt throughout the entire school year. In addition to endowments and major gifts, many of our grants are supplemented by payroll deduction or fundraising at our events. Thank you for supporting these opportunities to make a difference in local education and our community.
Tuesday, September 19
Spring Creek Homestead
3212 S Tacoma St, Union Gap
5:30pm - 8:00pm
New fall event this year!
Join us after work at the beautiful Spring Creek Homestead, for a wonderful array of sausages, German-fare and local craft beverages. This weeknight outing is an opportunity to relax, socialize and make a contribution to support education. Enjoy a beer-garden style evening with friends, indulge in gourmet Oktoberfest cuisine, and arrive home while it’s still light out. Your participation at a Yakima Schools Foundation event directly supports enhanced educational opportunities in the Yakima School District.
$150 pair of tickets
Mushroom Science Program
Frequently a teacher will contact the Yakima Schools Foundation to request funding for an innovative project that supports their approved curriculum. This was the case at Wilson Middle School. Though a textbook can explain the science behind how a mushroom grows, the concepts literally come to life when the mushrooms are grown in the classroom. This project was partially funded by the Fred Meyer Foundation.
Sailing Field trips make curriculum relevant, hands-on and engaging. Unfortunately, financially-tight school districts cannot provide funding for these innovative experiences. Lewis & Clark Middle School students traveled to Seattle to participate in the Sound Studies and Explorations Program. This program fosters interest in science, leadership and environment while on-board a ship.
Davis High School Music Folders A.C. Davis High School’s music program is fortunate to benefit from caring donors. The Gordon Fields Music in Education Fund was established in 2011 to honor Gordon Fields and his love of music. The funds are specifically designated to support the music program by purchasing instruments and other music-related projects. In 2014, music folders were purchased. This photo shows the students who traveled to Anaheim over spring break to compete in a music festival. The music folders not only kept the music organized and in great shape, but the folders provided a professional appearance for the musicians.
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