Communities in Schools of Puyallup is seeking individuals and groups to register for its debut golf tournament fundraiser taking place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Lipoma Firs Golf Course.
“We hope this event will unite the community and help people to learn more about Communities in Schools and how they can get involved and help our kids,” said Jan Mauk, the nonprofit’s executive director.
Communities in Schools of Puyallup has provided support services to Puyallup School District’s highest need students since January 2002.
“In our mentoring programs like Good Samaritan Readers, math tutoring, Costco Readers and Lunch Buddies, we helped 110 students in the 2012-2013 school year,” Mauk said.
In partnership with the district, the nonprofit will expand the Good Samaritan Readers program to first graders at Pope and Waller Road elementary schools. Beyond those programs, the nonprofit helps hundreds of other students through its annual March Gladness program, the annual Fill the Canoe school supply drive and other outreach services.
One program that has made an impact is the nonprofit’s site coordination model, which started three years ago at Sunrise Elementary School. For the past three years, an AmeriCorps volunteer has been the site coordinator at Sunrise. This volunteer has represented the link for students that need social services support. Mauk said the AmeriCorps volunteer this year will be based at Karshner Elementary School and a part-time person will be hired at Sunrise.
“What we’d like to do is deepen our site coordination model,” Mauk said. “Our goal is to have them at the schools with the highest need. We would like to expand them to the junior highs and high schools. In that way, you can follow that child all the way to graduation and you can see huge gains.”
Mauk said Communities in Schools hopes that some proceeds from the golf tournament fundraiser can go toward supporting the expansion of the site coordination model.
Overall, proceeds will likely go to the general fund and support traditional services provided by the nonprofit, including its tutoring programs. The $320 registration fee for a team of four equals the cost of a student’s one-year tuition in the Good Samaritan Readers program. Individual registration is $85.
For more information on how to register, call Jan Mauk at 253-435-6689 or email at email@example.com.
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