Ninth annual ‘Friendraiser’ brings in $19,000

Communities in Schools of Puyallup celebrates partnerships and volunteers of past year

Staff writerApril 2, 2014 

Communities in Schools of Puyallup enjoyed its largest turnout last week for its annual “Friendraiser” breakfast auction and raffle.

More than 200 guests filled the events center last Wednesday at the Washington State Fairgrounds. Live and silent auctions, as well as a raffle, helped to raise more than $19,000 to go to programs that serve at-risk students in the Puyallup School District.

Melanie Stambaugh, a board member for Communities in Schools of Puyallup, served as the emcee.

“We are here all about this word ‘connection,’ ” she told the audience. “Communities in Schools’ mission is connection. You will have an opportunity this morning to connect to students of the Puyallup School District.”

Jan Mauk, executive director of Communities in Schools of Puyallup, told those who attended about the programs that benefit students in the district.

For example, 135 students have been matched this year with a reading or math tutor. About 320 individuals volunteered more than 8,800 hours last school year, and that was estimated to be worth $200,000.

The Good Samaritan Reading Mentoring program expanded to Pope and Waller Road elementary schools this past school year. Two parent literacy nights have been held at each respective school, and teachers talk to parents about how to teach their children to read.

Mauk also talked about Fred Meyer on River Road. Two food drives have contributed more than $10,000 worth of food, and it’s benefitted more than 85 students on a weekly basis.

Since August, more than $37,000 in school supplies has been donated to the schools, Mauk said.

“What I’m looking at in this room is one face of community support,” Mauk said.

Communities in Schools also presented awards to three individuals who have made significant contributions.

Megan Horton, a senior at Emerald Ridge High School, was presented with the Student Citizen of the Year award, which goes to a student who has demonstrated consistent concern for their community. Horton also received a $1,500 scholarship to the college of her choice from the Washington State Fair Foundation.

Pam Reichel, a medical sciences teacher at Puyallup High School, received the Educator Citizen of the Year award.

Anne Troccoli, a reading mentor since 2004, received the Volunteer of the Year award.

Anne Zimmerman and Nancy Ellis rounded out the program when they spoke about the impact Communities in Schools’ services have on Karshner Elementary School. Zimmerman is the school counselor, and Ellis is a sixth-grade teacher. Fifty-nine percent of students at Karshner are on free or reduced lunch.

Zimmerman and Ellis praised site coordinators, who connect students to services at the school.

“They fill a large role at our school,” Zimmerman said.

Andrew Fickes: 253-552-7001 andrew.fickes Twitter: @herald_andrew

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