Communities in Schools of Puyallup is looking for people to register for its debut golf tournament, which will raise funds for the nonprofit organization.
The tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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 executive director of the organization.
Communities in Schools of Puyallup has provided support services to the Puyallup School District 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 them, the Communities in Schools of Puyallup helps hundreds of other students through its annual March Gladness program, the annual Fill the Canoe school supply drive and other services.
One program that has made an impact is the 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. They have represented the link for students who need social services support.
Mauk said the AmeriCorps volunteer will be based at Karshner Elementary School this year, 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 some proceeds from the golf tournament will go toward supporting the expansion of the site-coordination model.
Overall, proceeds likely will go to the organization’s general fund and to support traditional services, including its tutoring programs.
The $320 tournament 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.
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