We need your support now more than ever.
Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. We care deeply about the health, safety, and well-being of all of our community members and are resolute in our commitment to supporting our community in every way possible during this difficult time.
We are working directly with the Bellevue School District to offer our help in supporting our most in-need students during their school closures as well as continuing our support for innovative programs that will help all of our students maintain their academic excellence when they return to school.
For as long as the COVID-19 crisis goes on, we will work with the Bellevue School District to help our most vulnerable children get through it. But we can’t do it without you!
For the immediate future, the most critical need is to ensure that each and every child who depends on their school for a healthy breakfast and lunch, does not go hungry.
In the Bellevue School District that is approximately 3,500 kids!
YOU made our virtual Spring For Schools the most successful event in our 41 year history.
Your generosity raised $890,000, topping our goal of $875,000.
Here’s what you made possible for us to do in just the past 90 days:
Nearly 4,000 children have been served 141,900 meals through the BSD Grab N Go breakfast/lunch program since March. The Foundation is committed to providing funding to support this critical meals program through the summer.
Coverage of the $30 monthly cost for 435 mobile hotspots to support the 3,000 laptops distributed by the BSD to needy students so they could fully participate in distance learning.
Provided funding for care for 66 students experiencing homelessness and the children of first responders, health care workers and essential workers.
Foundation funds are being used to support counselors helping students at the secondary level and to monitor student well-being through regular surveys and communication with parents, staff, and students.
The K-5 Computer Science (CS) Specialists, with Foundation funding, are providing weekly computer science activities by grade level that can be accessed by any BSD elementary student.
The CS team is also developing a series of teacher training videos for the 66 children in BSD care to provide CS activities for the students in the program.
However school looks in the Fall, the Bellevue Schools Foundation will continue to put your donations to work for all students in the District.
We are humbled and honored by your giving.
From the Board of Trustees and all of us on the Foundation staff, thank you.
Our work for our students has never been more critical and while much has changed for all of us recently, including our event, the needs of our students have only increased.
What Does Bellevue Schools Foundation Do?
The Bellevue Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises private funds to support our schools. Since our inception, we have raised over $30M for our school district. Public funding in the United States is not enough to guarantee that our students receive a top-notch education. The Bellevue Schools Foundation helps make up the difference by asking parents, local businesses, and community members to support our schools.
In our Elementary schools, the funding supports computer science programming, books for our kindergarten libraries, and training for our teachers. In addition, teachers can apply to the Foundation for grants to help their individual classrooms.
In Middle and High School, the funding supports computer science programming, training for our teachers, classroom mentors, college and career readiness programming, and leadership training for underrepresented students.
This year, the Foundation will be launching a 5-year campaign to raise funds for a program to help students with mental health issues(Points Living, p42), including stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, teachers can apply to the Foundation for grants to help their individual classrooms.
The Bellevue Schools Foundation drives resources to help our students receive the best possible educational outcomes.