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Schools Foundation Hosts Successful Luncheon for Education


The Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation hosted its “Small Hands to Big Plans” Annual Luncheon on March 21 at The Club at Snoqualmie.  The annual fundraising event supports innovation in education through grant-funded projects that enhance learning throughout Snoqualmie Valley schools. 


Following this year’s successful event, Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation President Lorraine Thurston reported:  “Thanks to a full room of caring community members and sponsors with generous hearts, we were able to raise over $97,474 for our schools! This will help fund districtwide initiatives that benefit all students and all schools across the Snoqualmie Valley School District.”


The Foundation also celebrated four SVSD Educators of the Year as guests of honor, sharing the inspiring stories of their positive impact on students. Watch the video created to introduce the 2019 Snoqualmie Valley Educators of the Year at the luncheon.


2019 Educators of the Year at the SVSF Luncheon


Schools Foundation Board Member Sheri Absher and President Lorraine Thurston (on the left) presented the awards, along with Superintendent Rob Manahan (pictured in back), to the 2019 Educators of the Year. Winners included:

  • Marcella Murphy, MSHS language arts & AVID teacher - High School Educator of the Year. (Since Ms. Murphy was not able to attend the event, AVID students Elena Lopez and Richard Anderson accepted the honor on her behalf.)
  • Anne Melgaard, NBES 3rd grade teacher - Elementary School Educator of the Year
  • Dawn Frearson, TFMS 7th grade science/AVID teacher - Middle School Educator of the Year
  • Robert Lacher, CVES custodian - the Classified Educator of the Year


Established in 1988, the Foundation works to encourage excellence and assure opportunities in education for every student, in every school, every day in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.  In the last 30 years, the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation has raised over $1.5 million in funding for districtwide learning initiatives and classroom grants that engage young minds and empower innovation in the classroom. To learn more or make a donation, please visit the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation website at:  


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Thanks again to all who volunteered at, attended, or contributed to the Foundation’s mission

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