State education board welcomes Bonney Lake member
July Jennings of Bonney Lake will join the Washington State Board of Education for a four-year term beginning Jan. 11.
The board provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education and is comprised of 16 members: five elected by school board directors, seven appointed by the governor, two student representatives and one private school representative.
Team Backpack Tacoma helps kids before holidays
A total of 406 backpacks were distributed before winter break to homeless teens who attend Tacoma Public Schools, courtesy of Team Backpack Tacoma.
The group raised approximately $45,000 in cash and in-kind product donations. Volunteers filled the backpacks with hats, scarves, gloves, socks, blankets, water bottles, snack packs, coats and information on how to get emergency aid. For more information on the project, go to facebook.com/Team.Backpacks.Forgotten.Few
New food service tool for Lakewood families
The Clover Park School District is now offering families a way to manage their student’s food services account online.
Skyward Family Access is a web-based tool that gives parents in the Lakewood district access to their student’s school information. The online payment system for food services provides instant deposits, multiple deposits for students in different schools, reduced charges for online deposits and email notifications for low or negative balances. For more information call 253-583-5490.
Clothing giveaway enters 28th year
An anonymous donor has given $30,000 worth of new clothing to the Clover Park School District for students in need. The donor has given clothing to students for 28 years; items include jackets, shirts, pants, underwear, socks, shoes, hats and gloves from preschool to adult sizes. The clothing is sorted by volunteers. School counselors and other staff selected and picked up the clothing for distribution to students.