The Renton Community Foundation recently celebrated 13 years of philanthropy by granting $27,000 in cash awards to Renton School District staff and other community organizations through its 2013 Circle of Giving Campaign. The funds, made possible by personal donations of $1,000 or more from community members and business leaders, were awarded at a special celebration at the Renton Senior Activity Center.
Twenty Renton teachers or groups of school staff received grants of $100 to $1,000 each—totaling more than $8,000—to purchase mathematics and reading materials, science laboratory equipment, and more.
Each year, staff submit requests for the funds along with an explanation of how the money will be used to improve student learning. If the proposal is accepted, staff receive cash grants to use on their classroom-based projects. This year, 104 teachers and staff made requests of nearly $78,000 through the Circle of Giving grant application process. Fifteen projects were selected. Additionally, three of the school projects that were not funded by Circle of Giving program were instead funded by the O.J. Harper Engineering Children's Needs Fund thanks to work by the fund advisor, former district staff member Pat Auten.
Other organizations receiving grants this year include Communities in Schools Renton, Kiwanis Clothes Bank, Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank, Allied Arts of Renton, and others.
This marks the Renton Community Foundation’s 13 year of awarding grants to schools and community organizations. The Foundation was established in 1999 through a partnership between the City of Renton, the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center and the Renton School District.
*Editor's Note: Information provided by the Renton School District.