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Fundraiser helps all-day kindergarten for Enumclaw School District

The effort continues to provide all-day kindergarten to students in the Enumclaw School District.

Again this year, boosters are offering a fundraising event to provide money for scholarships. The group’s stated goal continues to be, “All Children – All Day, Let’s Find a Way.” Beginning at 5 p.m. April 21 in the Enumclaw Expo Center fieldhouse, the event includes dinner, desserts, one-of-a-kind auction items and assorted games designed to raise money for the kindergarten cause.

The cost is $35 per person, with a full-table option still available. Many tables have already been claimed and space is filling up fast. Aside from attendees, organizers are looking for volunteers and donations. Anyone will to help is urged to make contact through FullDayK@gmail.com.

Believing that children benefit from all-day kindergarten, members of the Enumclaw School Board used voter-approved money to provide free, all-day kindergarten for all students from 2003 to 2009. Economic challenges then caused the state to cut the funding. Boosters now use proceeds from fundraising events to provide scholarships to children who most need, and can benefit from, the enriched program of a full-day curriculum.

By distributing scholarship slots among the district’s five elementary buildings the district has been able to offer a full-day class in each building. This sustains the critical work of full-day kindergarten in that building, and keeps the 6 years of professional development from disappearing. It also assures the presence of a full-day offering at their home school for those who can afford the tuition.

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