The Foundation for Edmonds School District, (FESD), recently received a grant of $111,800 from the WhiteHorse Foundation to help support FESD’s Whole Families, Whole Communities program benefiting low-income families in the Edmonds School District.

The FESD vision is “that every student in our district has the resources to learn, thrive, and contribute to our vibrant community.”

The Whole Families, Whole Communities program launched in 2017, and currently serves 300 families a year in the Edmonds School District. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the ways that students and their families require support. Through the WhiteHorse Foundation’s funding, FESD will be able to expand upon the services they provide to students inside and outside the classroom. From food and housing insecurity to mental health issues, and academic progress, the WhiteHorse foundation grant will make a difference in South Snohomish County’s largest public school district.

“The Foundation is working hard to ensure families are connected to vital services and support”, said Foundation Executive Director Deborah Brandi. “We are incredibly thankful for The WhiteHorse Foundation, and we know that this will make a big impact on our families, especially as we continue to see the full effects of the pandemic on people’s lives.”

The FESD focuses their program efforts on three key areas: academic enrichment, Nourishing Network and career and college readiness. Proceeds from the upcoming 13th Annual Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash on October 2nd will benefit the FESD and help them continue to provide these services and programs to the community.