2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
Naches Valley School District
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Washington

When trying to address the learning gap in low-income students, the Naches Valley School District recognized that students who were not having basic food, clothes, and shelter needs met would not be able to focus on learning. As a small school district unable to met these needs on its own, the district instead partnered with the community to create food and clothing drives for students in need and with the Washington State Department of Social Services at their local office to help at-risk students with needs above and beyond the scope of the community’s giving.