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Snoqualmie Tribe Awards STEM Grant to SVSD

News release: April 1, 2013

SNOQUALMIE, WA: Snoqualmie Valley School District Superintendent Joel Aune announced that the Snoqualmie Tribe has awarded the school district with a $25,000 grant. This grant will specifically fund professional development for teachers associated with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education initiatives that will be launched at Mount Si High School's Freshman Campus next fall.

The Tribe responded to the district's grant proposal, written by parent volunteer Nancy Baker, by increasing their support to the district from $15,000 last year to $25,000 this year!

The announcement was made to approximately 175 community guests at the March 28 Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation annual fundraising luncheon. The Schools Foundation will facilitate the grant from the Tribe. The luncheon featured award-winning keynote speaker Dr. Nitan Baliga from the Institute of Systems Biology who provided a vision of what needs to take place in our schools to encourage more students to pursue STEM careers and to develop a solid foundation for critical thinking that can benefit any career.

"A crucial component of STEM programming is teacher training. The research is clear----having teachers in our classrooms who are subject-matter knowledgeable and employing the most current pedagogical practice will make a difference for kids and their learning," explained Superintendent Aune.

"Because of this investment from the Snoqualmie Tribe, essential training that our teachers at the Freshman Campus will need to expand our district's STEM programming---- will be provided for them, with minimal impact on our budget. We have, in the Snoqualmie Tribe, a valued partner, and we thank them for their generosity," Aune added.

The Snoqualmie Tribe makes charitable donations through its Snoqualmie Tribe Fund. The Fund strives to support organizations that exhibit Tribal values. Over the past three years, the Snoqualmie Tribe has donated over $2.8 million for projects throughout Washington State.

About the Snoqualmie Tribe (www.snoqualmietribe.us): The Snoqualmie Tribe-sdukʷalbixʷ in their native language-consists of a group of Native American peoples from the Puget Sound region of Washington State. With approximately 650 members today, many members live in the communities of Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Monroe. Since being federally restored in 1999, the Snoqualmie Tribe has partnered with many organizations on projects that benefit the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond.

About the Snoqualmie Valley School District (www.svsd410.org): The Snoqualmie Valley School District provides quality K-12 public education to approximately 6,000 students in 10 schools. Spanning more than 400 square miles, the school district is located about 30 miles east of Seattle in Washington State and serves families in North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, parts of Redmond, Carnation and Sammamish, and areas of unincorporated King County to Snoqualmie Pass.

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Media contacts:
Snoqualmie Valley School District: Carolyn Malcolm, malcolmc@svsd410.org, 425-831-8423
Snoqualmie Tribe: Jaime Martin, jaime.martin@snoqualmietribe.us, 425.888.6551 ext. 1103