The bill for extra security was $360. Enough money, said Sherry Ladd, executive director of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, to give one...

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The bill for extra security was $360.

Enough money, said Sherry Ladd, executive director of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, to give one classroom an enrichment activity grant. Enough to purchase textbooks for one quarter for a Schools Foundation scholarship winner.

The security was required because a few people picketed Thursday’s Spring For Schools Luncheon at Meydenbauer Center.

The small group included anti-superintendent messages — “Fire Riley” — on their signs. If they had been inside, they would have heard Bellevue school Superintendent Mike Riley tell the audience that a high level of educational achievement should not depend upon a student’s ZIP code.

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Picket organizers, who couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday, labeled it a Latino Education Rally.

But many Latino leaders, members of the Eastside Latino Leadership Forum, attended the luncheon. Forum members, whose goal is to improve Latino high-school and college graduation rates, were unhappy that the event was picketed.

“They’re misguided,” said Maria Valdesuso, a member of the Schools Foundation board. “I’m Latino, and I work with Latino kids. Our education system isn’t perfect for Latinos, but it’s not perfect for everyone.

“The way to make it better is to work together in a positive way.”

All students in Bellevue benefit from the Schools Foundation. It was started 25 years ago to raise money for schools and scholarships. With the $380,000 donated at the luncheon Thursday, the foundation has raised $10.6 million over the years.

Luncheon footnote

David Schooler of Bellevue was honored at the Schools Foundation luncheon for 25 years of tireless volunteer effort and his vision, support and inspiration.

Schooler said he was so surprised by the award that he had to sit down quickly after receiving the engraved commemorative bowl. He said he was shaking and afraid he’d drop the crystal piece.

Organizers did leave two words off the engraved bowl — Chicago Cubs. Schooler, who grew up in the Windy City, is a die-hard Cubs baseball fan.

Market report

Add Lake Forest Park to the list of local cities with farmers markets. The market opens tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Third Place Commons at the corner of Bothell Way Northeast and Ballinger Way Northeast. (Lake Forest Park shares the north end of Lake Washington with Kenmore.)

If you frequent the Woodinville or Kirkland farmers markets, you’ll find familiar faces at Lake Forest Park. Grant Davidson, director of the Kirkland Wednesday Market and Woodinville’s Saturday gathering of farmers, also oversees the Lake Forest Park event.

Look for traditional opening fun — a children’s festival, celebratory barbecue and entertainment, said Karen True, the community activist behind the market.

Top nanny in the world

Jenny Brown of Kirkland was named 2005 Nanny of the Year at the recent International Nanny Association convention in Las Vegas.

Lee and Venetia Dawson of Bellevue, Brown’s employers, nominated her. Brown is a 1993 graduate of Lake Washington High School. She also serves as president of the Northwest Nanny Association.

One last grin

Carol Lucas of Woodinville shared a bumper sticker she saw on a vehicle in the Bellevue Larry’s Market parking lot. It read: “Focus on your own damn family.”

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or