FESD receives $111,800 grant to serve families in need

LYNNWOOD, Wash., July 15, 2021 – The Foundation for Edmonds School District announced today that it has received a grant of $111,800 from the WhiteHorse Foundation to help support its Whole Families, Whole Communities program benefiting low-income families in the Edmonds School District. The WhiteHorse Foundation is a leading advocate and funder of organizations that work to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families in Snohomish County.

Since launching in 2017, Whole Families, Whole Communities serves more 300 families a year in the Edmonds School District. Funding from the WhiteHorse Foundation will allow the Foundation to increase support to students by connecting them to necessary resources provided by the WFWC as well as other community resources, providing important support when facing mental health issues, housing insecurity, academic progress, and many other challenges.

Additionally, the Foundation will continue to provide important services such as free Nourishing Network meals alongside career classes and coaching to families. “The Foundation is working hard to ensure families are connected to vital services and support” says Deborah Brandi, Foundation Executive Director. “We are incredibly thankful for The WhiteHorse Foundation and we know that this will make a big impact on our families, especially as we continue to see the full effects of the pandemic on people’s lives.”

The Edmonds School District is Snohomish County’s largest public school district, serving more than 21,000 students across 35 campuses. Boundaries span five communities including Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and part of Bothell.

For 37 years, the Foundation for Edmonds School District has worked in partnership with the District to ensure that every student has the resources to learn, thrive and contribute to our vibrant community. With an all-volunteer board and active community participants, the Foundation provides supplemental funding to support students, families, and educators in the pursuit of educational excellence. www.foundationesd.org

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