In 2006, a group of community members, parents and educational leaders crated the nonprofit White River Education Foundation to help all students in the White River School District achieve their academic potential.

Located in the historic one-time bustling logging and agricultural town of Buckley nestled in the Cascade Foothills at the base of Mount Rainier, the White River School District is geographically the largest school district in the state of Washington. Its boundaries extend from Carbonado to the outer edges of Lake Tapps and from the White River to South Prairie.

Primarily a commuter-community with an economic mix of blue-collar and professionals, there is no one industry that dominates the town's landscape. In fact, the White River School District is one of the town's largest employers.

For the past 10 years, the White River School District, like others in Washington State, have watched their budget shrink as the desire to prepare students to compete and participate in the global society of the future has grown.







The White River Education Foundation's MISSION is to raise dollars to fill the gap between what the state provides for basic education and the money the district needs to prepare ALL students for life beyond high school.

The VISION of the White River Education Foundation is to be the catalyst that creates opportunities, connects with the community, and that supports promising practices that enhance education in the White River School District.


Since its inception, the White River Education Foundation has raised more than $360,000.


Our Mission & Vision

White River Education Foundation Board Members

Cindy Clark


Janel Keating



Brandy Alonzo

Vice President

Amanda Quayle

Treasurer/Interim Foothills Elementary

Kim Robinson




Elizabeth Carter, PTA Rep

Matt Scheer , White River School Board

Stacy Ingersoll, Glacier Middle School

Jamie Williams & Carol Ward, Wilkeson Elementary

Vacant, Foothills Elementary

Becky Sproed, Elk Ridge Elementary

Mindy Byrnes, Mountain Meadow Elementary

Marci Jo Nelson & Molly Klemkow, White River High School

Michelle Bucknam, Communications Director

Kristi Shafer, Family Coalition

Dan Weis, Director Emeritus


In memory of

Susan McGuire

White River School Board