School Foundation’s movie day nearly sold out

November 14, 2013

By Administrator

Susan Kingsbury-Comeau has some advice for families interested in the upcoming movie party sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation: Get your tickets soon!

The foundation’s second annual Family Movie Day, featuring the new animated movie “Free Birds,” will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the North Bend Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children in advance; $15 and $11 at the door. The price includes the movie, popcorn and a drink.

In “Free Birds,” two turkeys from the opposite sides of town put aside their differences in an effort the change history and get turkey off the traditional Thanksgiving menu.

“The movie event sold out last year,” Comeau said. “I remember walking up and seeing the line go around the block.”

Comeau is president of the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation. The proceeds from the movie, she said, as well as the foundation’s recent All in for Valley Kids Phone-athon will be donated to area schools. The movie and phone campaign are the fall fundraisers; there’s also an annual luncheon each spring. The 2014 luncheon will be held March 20.

The foundation just announced it will be awarding more than $15,000 to Snoqualmie Valley School District educators for classroom programs.

“We had requests for more than $93,000,” Comeau said. “We can’t do everything.”

The grants committee selects which requests to underwrite through a blind, competitive process – the members don’t know which schools or teachers have applied. In the spring, the group will do a second round of funding that is broader based to support district-wide programs.

This year’s grants include reading, mathematics, science and/or STEM (science, technology and math), special needs and ESL (English as a second language) programs. Some students will participate in a Lexia Core5 pilot reading program while others will be using MakerBot replicators to produce 3D images of their projects.

Comeau believes all the funding makes a difference in the schools, particularly the spring round.

“Then we are proud to be a full-funder for some great programs that support district initiatives,” she said. “That’s the thing we can do better than the PTAs which focus on one school at a time.”

She enumerated several programs the foundation has underwritten, including material for an online math program used in every elementary school and district wide reading programs.

The Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. It was founded in 1988 as Citizens for Better Schools. The group, Comeau said, is digging through historical documents to figure out how much money it has donated to schools in the last 25 years.

“Since 2009, we have donated $443,000,” she said. “If I had to guess, I’d say we’re well over a $1 million.”

Comeau has volunteered with the foundation since 2010, when her son was just a toddler. He’s now 4 and will be starting kindergarten this fall. She was knowledgeable about how foundations work – professionally she administers scholarships and grants for the Bellevue College Foundation. She’s also a part time instructor at the college.

“When my son was little, I decided I was going to work my butt off to make schools as great as can be before my kids gets there,” she said. “I’m all about education, education, education.”

For more information about the Foundation, to make an online donation or to volunteer go to In addition, the group will earn money if supporters access through the Foundation website.

Tickets for “Free Birds” are available through Brown Paper Tickets at Save a dollar on each ticket when you purchase your tickets in advance.

Story by SnoValley Star Editor Sherry Grindeland

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