Community Involvement

Leah's Dream Foundation has been focused on helping out our Marysville/Tulalip Community. All of our money we receive goes back into the community either by creating events for individuals with special needs, creating a inclusive playground for the students in the special education, and also we provided PECS training to the Marysville School District's Developmental Preschool Teacher in 2016. 

Leah's Dream Foundation also has been active advocates in our community! We collaborate with both the Marysville School District as well as the Tulalip Tribes in numerous committees and support groups! 


MEville to WEville Curriculum

In September 2018, Leah’s Dream Foundation was able to grant the Marysville School District’s Special Education Department the funds to purchase three additional MEville to WEville Curriculum, for the four Developmental Learning Program’s at Kellogg Marsh and Marshall Elementary. MEville to WEville Curriculum is the only literacy and communication program that is uniquely designed to include assistive technology tools in each lesson. The program was developed for students with severe disabilities who need a starting place to develop emerging literacy skills. The appropriately paced lessons and assistive technology strategies were specifically incorporated into the curriculum to meet the unique needs of these students.

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Inclusive Playground

In Spring 2017, we collaborated with the Marysville School District Administrators, Kellogg Marsh's Principal and Staff to create a inclusive / adaptive playground for students who attend Kellogg Marsh Elementary Special Education. Leah's Dream Foundation donated $45,000 to Marysville School District to purchase and install 1,125 square feet of Forever Lawn Playground Grass that includes a music area: congas, casabas, chimes and vibes instrument, and a Play Panels that includes a tic-tac-toe, driver, tactical and rainbow. Sensory-sensitive play areas are more inclusive by allowing children with different play styles and abilities to play, and to play with their same age peers. This was the beginning stages in creating a inclusive playground for community to enjoy! 


WASA Community Leadership Award

May 18, 2018

At this event, the District also highlighted the Community Leadership Award Winners, Amy, Ryan, Ray, Deanna, and Alex of the Sheldon Family. This award is given to community members who contribute toward the District’s educational success.

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Many wonderful things in the Marysville School District would not be possible without their efforts. Through their 501c3 Leah’s Dream Foundation, they donated $45,000 to build an inclusive play structure at Kellogg Marsh Elementary. Their efforts also funded Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training for staff and counselors to help them assist students with Autism or physical limitations, and to help them convey their wants and needs to others. Not a day goes by where you don’t see one or more members of the Sheldon Family at a Marysville school, coordinating a family night with the Native Education or Special Education Department, helping lead a parent meeting, working directly to support a student, or cheering on a Marysville athletic team, not to mention their support of the District’s levy efforts. They are truly a staple of this community and our school district. Our staff, students and families are grateful for their love of all students, and their selfless service.

The Marysville School District is thankful to these individuals for all they do to support students, staff and the community of Marysville and Tulalip. Congratulations to all! 

Source: http://www.msd25.org/article/50697


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Making an Impact for Autism - 2016

In April 2016, Leah's Dream Foundation was recognized by the Marysville School District's School Board from our donation to the Special Education Department's Developmental Preschool Teachers by sending them to a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) seminar to receive training. PECS is one of many alternative communication systems aimed at assisting those with Autism or physical limitations by conveying their wants and needs to others. To read the School District's Newsletter click on the link below:

Tulalip's Inclusive Advocacy Committee & Leah's Dream Foundation

Leah's Dream Foundation has been working with the Tulalip Youth Services to form a Committee for families whom have children with special needs. Leah's Dream Foundation has been able to partner with Tulalip Youth Services on hosting Christmas Parties for Native Students with Special Needs! The Inclusive Advocacy Committee meets monthly. For more information please contact us and we will let you know more about this committee and of any events we have with partnering with Tulalip Youth Services!