LSEF hosts first benefit breakfastJOURNAL STAFF In these challenging economic times one thing remains constant: the value of education.
“As our education system faces cutbacks, it is important for the community to focus on how we can pull together and invest in our children, youth, and families,” Terri Spencer, President of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation (LSEF) said. “As an organization committed to supporting education in Lake Stevens, we looked at what we were doing, and realized we could help more, if more people knew about our organization and how we support education.”
Because of that recognition, LSEF is having its first annual benefit breakfast, “Spring for Education.”
The event will be held Thursday, March 5 at Cavelero Mid-High School from 6:45 to 8:00 a.m.
“We want our community to learn more about us and how we help the children in our schools,” Debe Franz, LSEF Executive Director said. “We’ve been in the community for over fifteen years, and yet many people are just now learning about us.”
One of the ways LSEF enhances education in Lake Stevens is by funding Innovative Teaching and Learning Grants. Since the foundation began, it has awarded over $100,000 in Learning Grants.
Often the impact of those grants continues for years. For example, in 2007 a grant was awarded to North Lake Middle School to purchase the “Love and Logic” curriculum and workbooks for parents. The Love and Logic program teaches parents how to communicate effectively with their children, and to be empowered and happier in those interactions.
“That was a great program,” parent Linda Hoult said. “I’d take it a second time, and a third, and a fourth, and a fifth. I’m constantly thinking about what I learned.”
Programs and opportunities like these will be featured at the Spring for Education breakfast. Superintendent David Burgess will be the keynote speaker.
There is no charge for the breakfast; and there will be an opportunity to contribute to the foundation at the end of the event. Everyone is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Leslie Elsemore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-238-4779 by Feb. 26.