2019 Direct Give Campaign

Dear STEM Owls family and friends,

The first fundraiser of the year is our Direct Give campaign that runs October 1-31. State and local funding is terribly inadequate to support the vision of our school and provide the level of services, support, and materials we need for all of our students.
 The PTA serves as the roots of STEM and funds many aspects of our unique school. We’ve invested in technology, art, literacy, engineering, Project Based Learning, playground equipment, scholarships, teacher training, field trips, and our community. The PTA is a vital supporter of the tools, materials, books, instruments, equipment, supplies, software, and training that support every student, family and staff member at Louisa Boren STEM K-8.

Our goal is $40,000. We’ve raised the goal this year to reflect the increase in classes and teachers, and to support our community that increasingly struggles to make ends meet.

We chose Direct Give so that each and every dollar – every penny  – you donate goes directly to the school. We don’t ask your student to sell anything and we don’t pay a company any percentage to run a fundraiser. Each donation is tax deductible and many employers will match donations, increasing your gift to our school and community.

 I invite everyone in our community (including friends, neighbors and relatives) to give what they can today. Every dollar makes a difference. Each dollar is appreciated. 

To Donate:

You can submit a payment online at http://stemk8pta.org/get-involved/direct-give-donation/ . There is an option for recurring payments on the page if you prefer to pay monthly.

Checks can be made out to: Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA

Return the donation form sent home with your student to the PTA mailbox at STEM or mail to:
STEM K-8 PTA, 5950 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 

Thank you for supporting Louisa Boren STEM K-8 and all the students & teachers in our community. 


From October 2018 – October 2019 here are some of the ways you have supported Louisa Boren STEM K-8 & our Community: 

  • $1 every month for a year pays for a scholarship for one student to attend “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at Seattle Children’s Theatre
  • $3 a day for a year pays for the 4th grade Blake Island Salmon Bake and Potlatch field trip.  
  • $7 a day for a year pays for 7th and 8th graders to wear a safety apron or a coverall during Career & Technical education classes. 
  • $8 a day for a year pays for Project LIT books – that increase access to culturally relevant books – like Solo, For Black Girls Like Me, and Patina
  • 12 payments of $13 buys the jump ropes, hula-hoops, and balls for recess.
  • $17 a month pays for pizza & supplies at Pi Night on 3.14 where we celebrate the nerd in all of us. 
  • $24 a month buys new books about anxiety including the graphic novel Guts for the Library.
  •  $100 buys soil, planters and seeds for a 2nd grade life sciences project.
  • $120 purchases microscope slides for a Middle School Project Based Learning science experiment.
  • $150 pays for an entire 1st grade class to work with a Lakeshore Learning Math Manipulatives Place Value Activity Kit
  •  $200 buys six Lakeshore Learning Building Math Skills Math & Wipe Boards for an entire class of 3rd graders. 
  • $200 pays for “Gender Universe” a community learning event on gender & identity. 
  • $750 pays for the Robotics Club to have support for the entire year. 
  • $88 a month for a year pays for TapRoot Theatre a K-5 & Middle School specific  all-school assembly 
  • $5 a day pays for many of the Multi-cultural and Heritage events including the Juneteenth Celebration and Talent Show which featured the Buffalo Soldiers, Mokojumbies & DJ, and Black History Month Events which featured an opening day event, Afro-Indigenous Night with Polynesian Dancers, HELLA BLACK BOOKS & tostones demonstration and a Black Lives Matter Day of Action. Included in this line item was all-staff professional development on racial equity and an additional family donating $1000 would pay for a community event like Countering Whiteness which brought in two experts for a community learning workshop. 
  • $2,000 pays for scholarships for every single 5th grade student to have their (sometimes first and only experience) of overnight camp.

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