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Highly qualified teachers

Academic support

Innovative programs

BSF is raising funds to support the following initiatives in 2017-18.

Academic Support for Struggling Students ($240,000)
BSF provides additional academic assistant for students who need it by funding Learning Assistance Professionals, the Achieve Program, and after school Homework Club. BSF has increased funding to this area because our school district continues to face a gap between what public funding sources provide and what our students need.

Blakely Maker Faire, Photo by Julie Schick

K-4 STEM Lab ($160,000)
The Design and Engineering program is one of BSF’s greatest success stories. This cutting edge program provides all elementary students in our district with 50 minutes of STEM each week, in a STEM Lab, taught by a STEM specialist. The program, including initial start-up costs of equipment and curriculum, has been fully funded by BSF.

Ordway Readers, Photo by Richard Malzahn

Professional Development for Educators ($80,000)
Students learn more from great teachers. BSF provides funds to ensure our teachers can access professional development opportunities and trainings. This helps provide educators with continuing education that supports their growth and the adoption of best teaching practices.

Odyssey kids sq

Innovative Classroom Grants ($60,000)
The best ideas in education come from teachers, and BSF supports these ideas with innovative classroom grants. This spring we will host our first ever Innovative Grant showcase to give teachers an opportunity to showcase their creative projects to our donors and school communities. It will be held in the spring and open to all.

Woodward student

High School Academic Intervention ($60,000)
We provide resources for a robust support system for struggling students in 9th-12th grade. This year, BSF has increased funding for the Academic Intervention program to include a math specialist. At BHS, this means we have two amazing teachers who will spend a portion of their day establishing a more robust, data-driven system for finding and assisting struggling students.

Art at Blakely, Photo by Julie Schick

Teacher Support Initiative ($50,500)
Each year, our principals receive fewer high-quality applicants, especially in the areas of science, technology, and special education. BSF is working in partnership with the Bainbridge Island School District to fund a multi-year strategy to ensure we can attract, support, and retain the best teachers.

Blakely Maker Faire, Photo by Julie Schick

Social Emotional Learning ($25,000)
New this year, BSF will provide professional development support for teachers and staff as our school district implements a social emotional learning initiative. This ensures our educators have the training and support they need in this important area.

Edible Education

Edible Education ($15,000)
Through our partnership with EduCulture we provide environmental education to children through school gardens, trips to working farms, culinary arts curriculum, a food waste program, and a school lunch program. As a result, we contribute to the preservation of local sustainable agriculture and inspire young people to become co-producers in their food communities.

Photography class at BHS, Photo by Richard Malzahn

High School Arts and Lecture Series ($10,000)
BSF provides funding to the Arts and Humanities Departments at BHS to connect students to engaging, inspiring, and hands-on performances, events, and speakers. By creating a more interactive learning environment for our young adults, we capture their imagination, help them feel more engaged in school, and fuel their individual passions and interests.

What do our school leaders say about BSF?
Wilkes Elementary

“It is impossible to walk through a classroom and not see BSF contributions at work. The programs BSF sponsors provide tremendous opportunities for our students. BSF is helping to ensure that every child is challenged and inspired.”

– Principal Amii Pratt, Wilkes Elementary

Blakely Maker Faire, Photo by Julie Schick

“Thank you to BSF for helping to create a bright future for each child! Blakely students are incredibly fortunate to have access to so many exciting and engaging programs!”

– Principal Reese Ande, Blakely Elementary


Student art, Ordway

“We have high student and staff support at Ordway thanks to BSF. The Foundation seeds our schools and we appreciate how it helps our students to bloom and grow!”

– Principal Melinda Reynvaan, Ordway Elementary