Kari is studying Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington and Linda is a BSD mom of two. Here is what they had to say about volunteering at Jing Mei elementary.
Josh Nelson and Sabrina Padilla have been meeting once a week at Sammamish High School for the past year and a half. Their focus has been helping Sabrina gain a better understanding of American literature and Social Studies, two of Josh’s favorite subjects.
Thomas Minter is a retired engineer from Boeing Air. Tom was interested in volunteering in the community near his home and wanted to do something with reading. “When I was in school, I was not the Eagle reader, I was probably the Slug reader. I had people who helped me out and I appreciated that. Reading is something you use your entire life. I wanted to help kids in whatever way I could, and I know that if you can read, you can learn.” Tom decided to support early literacy.
This year the Watchdog program was launched for the first time at Newport Heights. Although Watchdogs is a national program, Principal Brian Teppner chose to revise the focus to make it more about academics and student learning.
Gerry Ghanooni is a former ELL teacher for Bellevue School District. Ghanooni is retired now, but missed the kids too much to stay home.Read More
The district’s many community partners play a vital role in helping each and every student have a great start to the school year.Read More
Nikesh Srivastava works for Microsoft as a Program Manager on the Data & Analytics team. He joined the VIBES Mentor Tutor Program in January of 2015 to help secondary students in math. Srivastava chose VIBES because he wanted to be the mentor that he wished he had when he was in school.