Other Projects

The Foundation Board of Trustees supports students and schools in a variety of ways in addition to the major programs. Ideas for special projects may be generated by school educators and Board members for one-time assistance. A few examples include purchasing graphing calculators for the middle and high schools for students who cannot afford them. Calculators are kept in the libraries and checked as needed for math classes.

In 2014, the Foundation provided funds to help Nisqually Middle School complete their greenhouse project.

Enrichment and/or recognition of outstanding achievement, related to school sponsored activities, are supported in some years, such as funding transportation for high school students to attend the University of Washington Math day and support for a student to participate in the international thespian conference, in which he placed first in his event. This support depends on availability of funds and the level of support, or lack thereof, from other sources.

In 2015 the NTEF authorized two new projects, V.O.I.C.E. and the Clean Kids Program were added. Vocational Opportunities for Independent Community Employment (V.O.I.C.E.) is a NTPS community-based program for 18-21 year old students with disabilities who require specific instruction in vocational skills in preparation to exiting the public school system. The program will receive $2,000 a year as a Student Assistance Grant similar to the high schools. The Clean Kids Program, an NTEF outreach effort in partnership with St. Mark Lutheran Church, provides homeless families in our district with a free and safe place to launder their clothes. The Foundation funded the infra-structure changes and purchase of washer and dryer for the program.