Foundation breakfast to feature author Nancy Horan | Mukilteo Schools

By Marci Larsen, Superintendent | Oct 05, 2016

The success of a public school system is very much tied to the support that it gets from the community it serves.

In the case of the Mukilteo School District, we enjoy a tremendous amount of community support in a variety of ways, be it in the many volunteers who spend time with students, the support of voters when bonds or levies are placed on the ballot, and those who attend school events.

Many community members provide their support for our schools through the Mukilteo Schools Foundation, which for the past 24 years has encouraged and rewarded excellence in Mukilteo schools, supported innovation and creativity, and enhanced the community’s involvement and commitment to education.

Much of that work is funded with the proceeds of an annual breakfast that has become one of my favorite events of the year.

About 11 years ago, the leaders of the foundation decided that a good way to create a tradition for the foundation while also focusing on literacy would be to hold a fundraising breakfast that featured a local author.

The Puget Sound area is the home for many well-known authors and, over the years, many of them have been keynote speakers at the event.

Past speakers have included many names that readers throughout the nation will recognize: Erik Larson, Garth Stein, Robert Dugoni, Carol Cassella, Jim Lynch and Jane Porter. Last year, the event featured Deb Caletti, a well-known author of young adult fiction.

This year’s breakfast is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, at the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field and will feature another successful local author, Nancy Horan.

If you belong to a book club, there’s a fair chance you would have read her book “Loving Frank,” a New York Times best-selling book that tells a little-known story about the legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Horan also is the author of “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” which explores the relationship between famed author Robert Louis Stevenson and his spirited American wife.

The proceeds from the breakfast will be used to fund scholarships for high school seniors and classroom projects that are intended to improve student achievement.

Last year, the foundation awarded about $16,000 in scholarships and funded 54 classroom grants totaling about $24,000.

Many field trips were funded, such as trips to the Pacific Science Center, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and the Seattle Symphony.

The money also was used for many other projects, such as buying magnifying glasses and digital microscopes for an outdoor classroom or for making blankets to be donated to the Cocoon House.

Running the foundation this year are Layli Lewis, currently the organization’s president, and Paul Salas, vice president. Both are involved in many other civic organizations in our community, as are the other members of the foundation board.

Those of us at the school district greatly appreciate all the work that they do to support the education of the children in our schools.

By the way, tickets to the annual breakfast are still available. They cost $50 a seat, or $375 for a table of eight. Your company also can become a sponsor and receive special recognition.

You can buy tickets or get more information at www.mukilteoschoolsfoundation.org. See you at the breakfast!

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