School district foundation receives $90,000 grant

Aug 02, 2019

The Foundation for Edmonds School District has received a $75,000 grant from the Whitehorse Foundation and a $15,000 grant from Safeco Insurance to expand the Whole Families, Whole Communities program serving vulnerable students and families in the Edmonds School District.

With this funding, the program will expand into more schools, making comprehensive services available for an estimated 300 students and families districtwide.

Whole Families, Whole Communities is a collaboration between nearly one dozen partner organizations designed to stabilize families experiencing poverty and that are at risk of homelessness.

Coordinated services provide emergency assistance as well as financial, educational, and health-related support intended to improve household stability over time.

“By focusing on targeted needs of families, the ultimate goal of this program is to improve students’ academic success and long-term quality of life,” said FESD Executive Director Deborah Brandi.

“We thank the Whitehorse Foundation and Safeco Insurance for investing in our students’ futures and in a stronger local community.”

Launched in 2018 with $175,000 in funding from the Whitehorse Foundation and the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, the program has assisted 200 families in its first year of implementation at five of the Edmonds School District’s highest needs schools, including Alderwood Middle, Beverly Elementary, Cedar Valley Community, Cedar Way Elementary, and College Place Elementary.

School-based family resource advocates act as case managers, build action plans with families and make referrals to community services.

Other Whole Family, Whole Community partners help families meet basic needs, increase their access to career or education opportunities, and reduce barriers to financial stability such as housing, transportation, or child care.

The Edmonds School District is Snohomish County’s largest public school district, serving more than 20,800 students across 35 campuses. On average, 33 percent of the district’s students are eligible for the federal free or reduced lunch program and an estimated 650 will experience homelessness during the school year.

For 35 years, the Foundation for Edmonds School District has worked in partnership with the District to ensure that every student has the resources to learn, thrive and contribute to our vibrant community.

With an all-volunteer board and active community participants, the Foundation provides supplemental funding to support students, families, and educators in the pursuit of educational excellence.



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