Supporting the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Pictured (left to right): Matt Coyne (ISF Board Chair), Kirsten O’Malley (PLA Executive Director and ISF trustee), Liz Swanson (ISF Executive Director)

Pacific Learning Academy supports the Issaquah Schools Foundation After-School Homework Labs program.

After-School Homework Labs give every middle and high school student access to help.

Did you know that every high school in the Issaquah district offers after-school homework help? With funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, students are able to work with teachers after school in core subjects and some foreign languages. After many years of supporting the Foundation, Pacific Learning Academy was proud to provide an additional grant directly to this after-school program.

Kirsten O’Malley, Founder and Executive Director of Pacific Learning Academy, recently presented the grant in support of the After-School Homework Lab program. Homework Labs are intrinsically connected to the work of the Academy, where Kirsten created the “kitchen table classroom” more than 10 years ago.

Over the past decade, the Academy has provided financial support via yearly donations and sponsorship of the Foundation’s All-in-for-Kids Campaigns. Kirsten maintains her personal advocacy  with strong financial and volunteer support to the Foundation. This is her 9th year serving on the Foundation board and her first on the brand-new and community-based Corporate Advisory Committee. Kirsten and several other Academy employees have also served as volunteer VOICE [Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education] mentors.

Pacific Learning Academy loves being a part of a program that provides no-cost support to every middle and high school student in the district through the After-School Homework Labs,” said O’Malley. “When I was in high school, I would have loved occasional help at crucial times throughout the year. Sometimes a small nudge can make all the difference! The Academy is an accredited school that also provides tutoring to many students in the Issaquah District. Yet there are so many kids we will never be able to reach the way the district can. It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of the Foundation’s vital After-school Homework Help Labs.

Valerie Korock, Issaquah Schools Foundation’s FutureMap Program Manager and Foundation Corporate Relations manager, serves with Kirsten on the Corporate Advisory Council. She welcomes O’Malley’s personal and professional enthusiasm for after-school programs.

The Council is such a great blending of Kirsten’s passion for students as well as her expertise and experience as a small business owner,” said Korock. “We are really happy to have her at the table and so appreciate her generous program support.

To learn more about the Foundation’s Homework Labs, visit http://isfdn.org/our-purpose/advancing-academic-achievement/after-school-homework-labs/

Pacific Learning Academy is a fully accredited, NCAA-approved one-on-one school offering single courses, dual enrollment, and accelerated graduation. We also offer in-home tutoring in all subjects from 6th to 12th grade, including test prep, across the Eastside (Issaquah, Sammamish, etc…). See more at www.PacificLearningAcademy.com.

June 6, 2017

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