Golden Apple Award

  • March 2019: Communities For Families

    Posted by SBLSD on 3/25/2019

    Superintendent Dent and the School Board honored Communities For Families Coalition (CFF) for their passion, support and commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and families in the Sumner-Bonney Lake area.

    Fresh from a successful Community Summit, CFF’s flagship annual event, seven CFF members were on hand to receive the award at the March 20 board meeting. Pictured along with Superintendent Dent and School Board members are CFF Facilitator Marilee Hill-Anderson, Sue Z. Hart, Ryan Windish, David Wells, Arlene Evavold, Barb Bitetto and Judi Richardson.

    CFF comprises individuals from about 50 partner organizations representing healthcare/social service industry, faith organizations, service clubs, food banks, city government and public schools, who work tirelessly to remove barriers to learning.

    Here are just a few, among many, projects and initiatives CFF embarks upon:

    • Youth Forums: Facilitate sessions at the District’s high schools and middle schools, garnering feedback from about 400 students each year. Volunteers help to identify themes and discussion points, which are often selected as workshop topics for the Community Summit.
    • Community Summit: The 2019 Summit drew a record-number 330 attendees, who participated in workshops that addressed key issues affecting the community: Equity, Vaping, Homelessness and Mental Health.
    • Basic Needs: Identify the most urgent basic needs of our students, families and community, and then create links to resources and services that help meet the needs.

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  • February 2019: The Chamber Collective

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie on 2/27/2019

    At the Feb. 20 board meeting, the School Board and Superintendent Dent honored The Chamber Collective with a Golden Apple Community Partner Award.  A collaborative group, representing several smaller chamber groups in eastern Pierce County, the Chamber Collective is an important link in helping the District engage, connect and grow partnerships within the local business community. 

    Here are just a few ways Chamber Collective members have contributed to career connected learning with students:

    • Volunteered as Career Day participants and classroom guest speakers.
    • Judged student events and activities that support DECA and FCCLA programs.
    • Opened businesses for industry tours and job shadows.
    • Provided mentorship in career and leadership development.

    Thank you, Chamber Collective, for being a valuable link to our business community and connecting classroom learning to the real world. 

    The Chamber Collective

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  • January 2019: Eileen Yoshina

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/16/2019

    At the Jan. 16 board meeting, the School Board and Superintendent Dent honored Eileen Yoshina with a Golden Apple Community Partner Award. As Manager of Equity in Education Services at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Eileen helps District leaders explore and embrace equity as part of our districtwide, multi-year Equity Initiative. We thank Eileen for her skills, heart and passion in this important equity work for the District as a consultant, trainer, guide and counselor.

    eileen yoshina and school board

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  • November 2018: Ron Haines

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/8/2018

    The School Board and Superintendent Dent honored Ron Haines with November’s Golden Apple Community Partner Award. Ron is a dedicated community member who serves in many volunteer roles within our District and community, using his rich and diverse employment history, as well as his heart and compassion for youth, into everything he does.  

    Ron’s primary focus and mission is for all of our students to graduate with skills, knowledge and a plan for life after high school.  

    Here are just a few ways that Ron has taken leadership roles with District projects:


    • Sumner-Bonney Lake Pathways System: Council member with a commitment to helping students understand what they are learning, why it’s important, and how they might use their knowledge and skills after high school.
    • Career and Technical Education Volunteer: Served on advisory councils, volunteered as a career day speaker and generated internship opportunities.
    • Communities For Families: Youth forum facilitator, who not only listened to students, but helped them act on ideas and strategies to make our community and schools stronger.
    • Elhi Hill High School Program Rotary Interact Club: Club advisor, who worked with staff to create an Interact Club for a youth leadership activity that Elhi Hill students could take pride in.

    Ron Haines with School Board

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