Schools around the state are trying to deal with a reduction state education spending. We’re no different here in Lynnwood.
At Lynndale Elementary, the basic supply budget — which pays for things like school supplies, art products, first aid items and printer cartridges — was slashed by 65 percent.
“We are trying to do 100 percent of the work with 35 percent of the funds,” Lynndale office manager Chris Kratz said. “We’ve been trying to make do this year, but our resources are depleted. Some teachers and staff members are using their own money to try to provide the supplies and materials we need to run our school.”
The school is holding a fundraiser on Friday afternoon to help make up the difference. Students, staff and families, along with State Senator Paull Shin, and Representatives Mary-Helen Roberts and Marko Liias, are gathering pledges to participate in a 30-minute “Jungle Jog” walk-a-thon. Even Lynnwood City Councilman Jim Smith is getting in on the action by providing the music.
“Jim did this for us for years when his kids attended here – always for free, and always with huge good spirit and goodwill,” Kratz told us. “He rocks!”
After the walk, former and current Lynndale families will gather for a reunion picnic in neighboring Lynndale Park.
If you’d like to help, checks made out to “Edmonds School District” can be sent to: Jungle Jog Walkathon, Lynndale Elementary School, 7200 191stPlace SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036.