Sue Shannon Memorial Fund

The North Thurston Education Foundation (NTEF) mourns the passing of Dr. G. Sue Shannon, a driving force behind its inception and success. Sue was integral to the Foundation from its earliest days, joining the organizing effort in 1988 and becoming the Volunteer Executive Director when NTEF was officially established in 1990. She remained in this role until her retirement in 2016.

Sue Shannon’s dedication and vision were instrumental in shaping NTEF into one of the first foundations committed to removing barriers for students and empowering them to change their futures. Her tireless work transformed countless lives, leaving an enduring legacy within the community. Sue’s guiding presence will be profoundly missed, but her spirit of compassion and commitment will continue to inspire and propel NTEF forward.

Before passing in May 2024, Sue was actively involved in raising $100,000 for Student Assistance Grants. Sue wrote in her last email to the NTEF committee, “Student Assistance Grants is descriptive and ties to the Foundation history. We started that program in the early years as one of the major purposes of the Foundation. The list of items (below) are the types of things we [funded].” – Sue Shannon, May 20, 2024.

  • Instrument rentals
  • Special needs equipment
  • Medications
  • Glasses
  • Clothing, shoes, and coats
  • Socks and underwear
  • Testing fees
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Athletic fees or ASB cards
  • Sports camps
  • Food
  • Uniforms or cleats
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Field trip fees
  • Class fees
  • Chromebook repairs
  • Credit retrieval classes
  • ID and birth certificates
  • Gas cards

To honor Sue’s legacy, the NTEF Committee will continue this fundraising project in her memory. Donations to the Sue Shannon Memorial Fund will support Student Assistance Grants, providing crucial resources to students in need.

Donations can be made here: