Dave O’Keeffe accepts check from Karen Veitenhans
In December, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation awarded $3,000 to support the Champions Mentor Program. CISL currently has 28 trained adult mentors meeting weekly with students in five high need schools.
Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation awarded a $6,500 check to Communities in Schools of Lakewood on January 23 in support After-School Programs in seven high-need Lakewood elementary schools. Karen Veitenhaus explained that “Weyerhaeuser awards programs in communities where Weyerhaeuser has major facilities and where company employees have a presence. Grants are awarded to programs that make a significant difference in the quality of life in these communities.” Since 1993 CISL programs have helped thousands of low-performing students succeed in school. Surrounding children with caring adults who help them improve math and reading skills is a proven intervention that reduces the number of kids dropping out of school. Weyerhaeuser has supported CISL programs since 2004 and Karen Veitenhans pledged ongoing company support for future endeavors.
OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) recently approved a $74,000 grant to develop a Math After-School Program at Woodbrook Middle School. These state funds will enable 60 students at Woodbrook to have ongoing math support four days a week after school. Woodbrook is currently in Step II of failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the WASL in mathematics.
On March 25 CISL will hold its annual Champions for Youth Breakfast to honor the many people who are making a difference in the lives of children and youth in our schools. It will be held at Old Country Buffet at 7 a.m.