Explorer West’s recent “Reach For The Stars” luncheon fundraiser was a memorable and successful event. Hosted by the Board of Trustees and Head of School Evan Hundley, the popular annual event supports the Rick Marting Endowment Fund.
All funds raised are dedicated to the endowment, which provides financial aid, promotes diversity and gives low income students, many of whom are Rainier Scholars, the chance to attend Explorer West Middle School.
Explorer West Alumni Orion Hunter, Class of 2017, spoke and shared her experiences at Explorer West, stressing the core values she says “prepared her for life.” Her comments reenforced our school’s baseline value of respect, which she described as “what Explorer West is all about.”
Our keynote speaker, Thomas Hillier, delivered an inspiring talk on compassion, respect, dignity and forgiveness, all hallmarks of our school’s success. Mr. Hillier served as a federal public defender for more than 30 years. He has a deep moral sense and commitment to community service, another core value of Explorer West.
FareStart, Seattle’s “Catering With A Cause” prepared a wonderful lunch and the room was filled with old and new friends and colleagues. FareStart helps people transform their lives through food, one person, one job and one community at a time – providing real solutions to poverty.
We can’t thank our guests enough for attending and supporting Mr. H’s passion for helping youth and developing true citizens of the world. Students who graduate from Explorer West Middle School emerge as true champions of personal responsibility, honesty, hard work, and character.
In 2016-2017, 29% of our families received financial aid. 20% of our tuition revenue was dedicated to financial aid. After three years, the Rick Marting Endowment Fund stands at over $1.2 million.
Please read our Annual Report to learn more about Explorer West Middle School.