As a parent in the Bainbridge Island School District and a current board president of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, I feel grateful to live in a community where so many people contribute time and resources to our schools.
It takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes. It also takes an island as dedicated and caring as Bainbridge to make quality public education for all students a reality.
Our district is known for its dedicated teachers, hard-working staff, and engaged parents. Why is Bainbridge Schools Foundation necessary? To be blunt, because state and federal funding does not meet the needs of all our families. It requires additional resources to ensure our schools meet the needs of every student, every day.
Through the generosity of our donors, BSF enhances education for students from kindergarten through graduation. BSF funds innovative programs like the STEM Lab, academic support for struggling students, the social emotional learning initiative, and training and professional development for educators. I have seen firsthand the positive impact BSF makes in our schools.
It takes an island to ensure our schools inspire and support all students. I truly believe that quality education is the base for ensuring the next generation creates a kinder, better world. Please join me in this mission.
Anna Steen, President
Brian Livingston, Past President
Scott Covey, President Elect
Chris Cancialosi, Treasurer
Piper Thornburgh, Secretary
* ex-officio (non-voting)
Former board members and major donors who are dedicated to staying connected to BSF and who contribute advice and wisdom to our organization.
Jennifer Kim, Chair
Interim Operations Manager
Musings on the importance of our mission from BSF board members.