Fundraising for local schools: $75,000 goal

POULSBO — In an effort to meet its goal of raising $75,000, the North Kitsap Schools Foundation is partnering with 12 businesses to raise money for classroom needs.

The following businesses in North Kitsap will participate in “Dine out for North Kitsap Schools” day Sept. 12:

— In Port Gamble, the  General Store and Cafe.
— In Hansville, Cup of Joy.
— In Kingston, The Grub Hut, Main Street Ale House and Mora Iced Creamery.
— In Poulsbo, MorMor Bistro, Mora Iced Creamery, Sheila’s Port Side Restaurant and Bar, Stella’s Pizza and Pasta, and That’s-A-Some Italian Ristorante.
— In Suquamish, the Agate Pass Cafe and Bella Luna Pizzeria. The participating businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds from the day's sales to the foundation.

This is the first time the foundation has done a partnership on this scale. In the past, the foundation has done “Burger Nights” at Sheila’s Port Side.

Though the foundation would like to expand on the dine out event in the future, foundation president Terri Gleich said she is impressed with the response.

“We’re thrilled,” she said.

In addition to donating a portion of proceeds from the day, the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe will hold a win social from 6-8 p.m. For $30, patrons will sample six wins with an appetizer buffet. The foundation will receive $5 of the admission price from each person, and 20 percent of wine sales. Reservations are recommended.

Having 12 businesses participate in the first year is a “great vote of confidence for the [school] district and foundation,” Gleich said.

The dine out event is just one of many events the foundation has planned.

— The NKSD Alumni Golf Classic was Aug. 23. The classic raises money for about 10 scholarships and five renewal scholarships at both high schools each year. An average of $10,000 is raised, Gleich said.

— North Kitsap Fire & Rescue breakfast is Sept. 11, 7-10 a.m. at the NKF&R headquarters, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston. The annual event is held in remembrance of 9/11. The continental breakfast is free. Donations will go to the foundation this year.

— Back to School Nights, Aug. 30. With a suggested donation of $10, the foundation will give out a car decal with the foundation’s motto, “Strong schools, strong communities.”

Funding from the rest of the events will support district classrooms. The money this year, Gleich said, is earmarked for elementary schools, and additional support staff (paraeducators) and programs to help struggling students. The school district reduced staffing by 14.7 full-time equivalent, or FTE,  positions — from 369.95 to 355.25 — for 2012-13. The staff reductions will save the district approximately $1,175,000, according to district finance director Chris Hatch.

Additional cuts of $1,075,000 in areas other than staffing bring the total reduction to more than $2 million.

In 2012-13, the district will operate with a general fund of $62,895,921. The associated student body fund is $1,345,040; debt service fund, $10,351,640; capital projects fund, $715,500; and transportation vehicle fund, $641,516.

Since its creation in 2003, the North Kitsap Schools Foundation has awarded more than $111,000 in scholarships to local graduates, $25,000 in classroom grants to teachers for innovative and creative learning projects, $7,800 in full-day kindergarten tuition assistance, and more than $7,600 in special program and student assistance funds.


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