(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee, announced that she has included funding to boost Eastern Washington education priorities in the Fiscal Year 2011 LHHS Appropriations bill.
Senator Patty Murray
“In the 21st century economy, it is critical that we continue investing in local projects that train our workforce, teach our students, and boost our economy in communities throughout Eastern Washington,” said Senator Murray. “These investments will fund community priorities like a school-based mentor project and a water policy center. I was proud to fight for these local investments, and I’m going to continue working to help Washington state communities meet the needs of their families.”
Having passed the LHHS Subcommittee, the bill will now go to the full Senate Appropriations Committee before going to the full Senate for consideration.
Among the projects that will be funded is Communities In Schools of Spokane County’s School-Based Mentor Project. $150,000 funding will allow Communities in Schools of Spokane County to expand a successful mentorship program to three new middle schools.
“We are very excited to expand the proven successes of the school-based mentor program with the help of Senator Murray’s office. We look forward to partnering 100 adult mentors with at-risk you at the middle school level in our community in the next year. This program will impact not only student’s personal lives but their academic performance as well,” said Ben Stuckart, Executive Director.
See Ben discuss Communities In Schools’ work in Spokane County here:
“Stuff the whaat?” Stuff the Bus!
It’s that time again, and in it’s 5th year, Communities In Schools of Seattle’s Stuff the Bus campaign is at full throttle. Stuff the Bus is a school supply campaign that gives any and all items donated through collection drives to schools serving the lowest income students in Seattle.
Communities In Schools of Seattle kicked off 2010‘s Stuff the Bus campaign at this year’s Pride Parade on June 27th. Backed by the beats of “High School Musical,” 18 volunteers danced the highly decorated–and yet still very stuff-able–school bus down the parade streets. The energy was high, colors were flying, and the voices were loud, all with the intent of drilling up excitement about this year’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
Staff and volunteers pose by the bus before the Pride Parade
Behind the rainbow colors and street dancing sits an important community-wide need that Stuff the Bus fills. Proper school supplies are a crucial element in a student’s learning process, and today families spend $60-100 per child to get them ready for the first day of school. This can be a serious hardship for families throughout the Seattle area, where about 40% of the district’s 45,000+ students live in poverty. Add in the $1000 that an average elementary school teacher spends out of pocket
to provide supplies for his or her students, and the need for campaigns such as Stuff the Bus quickly becomes apparent.
Want to help Stuff the Bus? You can become a Community Partner and hold a school supply drive at your business, organization, sports club, church, etc. You can also become a volunteer at any of Stuff the Bus’s functions. Visit the Stuff the Bus site to check the campaign’s schedule, or contact Communities In Schools of Seattle directly at email@example.com.