The power of education was in the spotlight March 28, during the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation luncheon.
During the annual fundraiser, outstanding teachers were honored, a student gave a stirring speech on the role of community in education, and officials outlined plans for creating the 21st century education students would need. And all that was before the science problem, presented by keynote speaker Dr. Nitin Baliga of the Institute for Systems Biology. Baliga used the real-life example of a science team's discoveries in a whale carcass to highlight the things that students will need, imagination, even more than specific skills, to be prepared for modern careers.
Mount Si High School senior Kelby Kilburn talked about how he's benefited from the work of the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation at the luncheon and urged guests to be part of a larger community, because "it truly does take a community to raise an individual."
Lorraine Thurston of the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, center, with Superintendent Joel Aune and foundation president Carmen Villanueva, left, honored the three Educators of the year, Thomas Burford, Marianne Bradbury, and Joe Galagan.
Dr. Nitin Baliga, Director of Integrative Biology at the Institute for Systems Biology, gave a keynote address on preparing students for STEM careers to about 180 luncheon guests.
Choir students especially enjoyed the hand movements that were part of their performance.