Linder Foundation awards grants to CK students, staff

oundation has awarded grants to deserving Central Kitsap students and staff members for 20 years.

The Linder Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded a total of $5,856 to the 2007 recipients.

Two Central Kitsap High School students and 12 Central Kitsap School District staff members received grants from the Linder Foundation to attend camps or purchase unique equipment for their classrooms.

“We provide grants for Central Kitsap students and staff so they can go out and learn different things,” said Teresa Sims, president of the Linder Foundation.

The Linder Foundation Board of Directors received about 40 applications for the 2007 grants. The Board of Directors hope the academic grants “promote higher levels of academic achievement.”

“It’s a worthwhile foundation that helps the staff and students,” Sims said. “Some of them have gone on and become quite successful.”

One former high school student used the Linder Foundation grant to attend debate camp. She is now a prominent lawyer in Seattle, according to Sims.

“They’re giving back to the community,” Sims said.

The Board of Directors consists of all volunteers, resulting in no administrative costs for the organization. Sims attended a Board of Directors meeting with a friend and became an avid member of the foundation. She has served as president for three years.

“I decided to attend a meeting and never left,” Sims chuckled.

All grant money is obtained through donations, fund-raising and corporate gifts. The Linder Foundation hosted a bowling event Friday at All-Star Lanes in Silverdale to raise money for the academic grants.

Terry Walsh, special education teacher at Clear Creek Elementary School, received a grant to open a student-led store to assist students with real life math skills.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for several years,” Walsh said. “Principal Ninette Haynes was very supportive and pushed me to apply for the grant.”

Walsh will purchase a cash box, calculators, adding machine and various items to sell in the student-led store. This project would have been difficult to put together without the Linder Foundation, according to Walsh.

“Without the grant, I would have had to start on a much smaller scale,” she said. “I want to give kids who receive special services in math real life experience and communication skills.”

Walsh plans to apply for a Linder Foundation grant in the future and encourages other CK staff members and students to apply.

“It’s great to know we have somewhere to go to get money for more activities for the kids,” Walsh said.

Walsh hopes the Clear Creek Elementary students will enjoy the student-led store and enhance their math and communication skills.

“I’m excited for the kids,” Walsh said. “They’re going to have a great time with it.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Linder Foundation. The foundation’s namesake, Paul Linder, began teaching in CK schools in 1947. He coached baseball and basketball and served as principal and curriculum director. He became superintendent in 1974 and retired from CKSD in 1978. He died on Jan. 15, 1990. The Linder Foundation was established in 1986 and incorporated in 1987.

“This year is our 20th anniversary,” Sims said. “It’s kind of exciting for us.”

The Linder Foundation hopes to have a reunion or social event in October to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

“You may not think about how significant of an impact it (Linder grants) may have, but it really makes a big difference,” Sims said.

The following individuals received grants from the Linder Educational Foundation for 2007:

• Skyler Dela Torre, of Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), received $1,000 to attend the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corp.

• Nicholas Antal, of CKHS, received $1,000 to attend the Gonzaga Debate Camp.

• Cynthia Jaquay, of Green Mountain Elementary School, received funds to purchase GeoVision Microscopes for her classroom.

• Susan Brooks and Christine Frantzen, of Ridgetop Junior High School (RJH), received funds for GeoSafari Theater and Name That Country games to improve geography skills in their classrooms.

• Tina Bean, of Woodlands Elementary School, received a grant for Alpha Smarts, a tutorial for special needs students.

• Terry Walsh, of Clear Creek Elementary School, received funds to open a student-led store to assist students with real life math skills.

• Laura Smith, of Tracyton Elementary School, received funds to purchase exercise balls to use as student chairs in her classroom.

• Barb Wright, of RJH, received funds to help purchase a document camera.

• Jennifer Nelson and Cherrie Chamberlin, of RJH, received funds to purchase digital cameras for use in math classes.

• Kathy Yudiskas, of Woodlands Elementary School, received funds to enhance the school’s well attended math night with Origo Think Tank Cards

• Rhonda Douglas and Cheryl Wright, of Cougar Valley Elementary School, received funds to purchase CD players, headphones and skill-building guide books for special needs students.

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