children living in THE RIZ (Ages 0-9)
What is RIZP doing?
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) Innovation Fund will support grassroots projects in the Skyway-West Hill and Renton Sunset-Highlands neighborhoods. These projects will work to improve academic outcomes by supporting students and families. More information on the Innovation Fund will be provided at a later time.
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) has received funding from The Ballmer Group! With this support, we are centering relationships with community-based organizations, families, and students to build partnership and collaboration. While building a shared strategy, teams and support, there is an intentional focus on equity at the individual and systemic levels that frames to address the usage of making data informed decisions, measures and improvements.
As of September 1st, 2019. The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) is an Operations Support partner of Rainier Valley Corporation (RVC). This type of partnership enables us to consistently provide a values-driven focus to our nonprofit, social justice and racial equity work.
Science, Technology, Recreation, Environment, Art and Math (STREAM) is a free after-school program hosted by the Environmental Science Center, Techbridge Girls, Centru Rendu and Seattle Advocates for Education. This program is for students who reside in the Renton Highlands community and is located at the North Highlands Neighborhood Center. STREAM curriculum consists of Kidzmath, Kidzscience, 4H Healthy Living, Scratch (computer programming) Business Foundations and project ideas contributed by City of Renton staff. With funding that originated from King County Best Starts for Kids Program and funds from the city’s Community Service Department, the STREAM program received the 2019 Program Excellence Award at the Washington Recreation and Parks Association Conference.
In October and November there will be free Math & STEM Nights for students in pre k-3rd grade that attend Renton Innovation Zone schools. The goal of these events is to increase familiarity and concepts for students, families and community building. Each event will be sponsored by The Boeing Company. Translation services will be available for Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Spanish. For more information on these events click here.
Our support has reached students, parents and families who reside in the Skyway/West-Hill and Renton Highlands communities. With the help of the community, opportunities in early learning, community and family engagement and basic needs will continue to be available for early learners and elementary school-aged children.
Ready to Play and Learn?! Come join the Play & Learn Groups at New Birth Ministries COGIC – Skyway. These events focuses on the learning through facilitated play using school readiness skills that support children birth to age 5. Parents, family friends, Neighborhood Care Providers and children age birth-5 are all welcome!
Over the summer there was a focus on increasing early kindergarten registration for students who reside in the Renton Innovation Zone. With the major focus on Lakeridge Elementary School, there was a 25% registration increase since 2018 due to community and family engagement efforts. Additionally, Back-to-School-Nights and door-to-door recruitment provided opportunities for early learning students and families to connect with teachers, the school district and community resources.
Our News & Announcements
Check here for our most recent updates in the RIZP community
Upcoming Events & Activities
Bryn Mawr Elementary School Curriculum Night – Time: 6-7pm
Lakeridge Elementary School Curriculum Night – Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Campbell Hill Elementary School Curriculum Night – Time: 6-7:30pm
Highlands Elementary School Curriculum Night – Time: 5-7pm
RIZP Kick-Off Event ay The Renton Pavilion – Time: 2-5pm
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