If you were asked to explain to a newcomer what CISL does in Lakewood, what would you say? Most people do not realize that CISL has served over 3000 children in after-school programs since 1993. This past year 267 students participated in eight after-school programs; 33 mentors met once a week with their mentee; and Readiness to Learn Coordinator, Diane Formoso, gave out over 500 “Growing Up Is Fun” resource bags to parents of preschoolers so that they could turn their homes into classrooms. She also organized family events that included a free dinner, children‚Äôs activities and bilingual parent break-out groups. One parent wrote on her evaluation, “What a great evening! Food was good, and my kids loved the crafts and free book they received”. The vision we share at CISL is simple. We want to help every child to come to school ready to learn, and graduate from high school ready to succeed.
This year CISL started a major After-school program at Lochburn Middle School. We also increased funding to our partner schools so that more kids could stay after school and work on their math and reading skills. CISL believes (and research shows) that ALL children are capable of success in school, without exception, if they receive these five “promises”:
- Caring adults;
- Safe places to learn and grow during non-school hours;
- A healthy start;
- Marketable skills through effective education; and
- A chance to give back through community service. CISL delivers on all of these promises.
With the growing needs of our children and families, we must ask everyone in Lakewood to take stock of what they can do, personally and professionally, to help more kids in Lakewood to progress in school, and prepare for life. One of our new mentors said that her student was “looking forward to meeting with her all week long”. Your contributions of time and money are really “investments” into the health and well-being of children. An investment of $340 supports a child in an after-school program. A mentor has the power to change a child‚Äôs life.
Our Fall Campaign goal is $20,000 and 20 new mentors. Donations can be mailed to CISL at 6402 100th St. SW, Lakewood, 98499. Contact the office at 589-7489 to make a credit card donation, arrange a payment plan or volunteer. Details about our programs and mentor applications can be found on our Website at www.lakewood.ciswa.org. Thank you for helping CISL to help more children and youth achieve their dreams.
Students waiting for mentors
5th grade boy:
J. likes to do things on the computer and play games. He wants to be a firefighter some day. Other things he enjoys are basketball, soccer, football, biking, camping and math (!). He recently moved from Texas to live with his grandma. He has anger management issues and needs a positive male role model.
4th grade girl:
O. likes to dance, play basketball, and read about movie stars. She also enjoys swimming, music, singing, photography, cooking, computer games and science. She is starting to bully other kids and needs a strong African American female mentor who can demonstrate that strength and confidence does not mean intimidation.
5th grade boy:
M. speaks English and Spanish. His favorite thing at school is recess. He wants to be a Policeman some day. His favorite movie is Star Wars. He is very talkative and likes drawing, sports, checkers, cooking, reading and math. Lately he has shown an “I don‚Äôt care about anything” attitude at school and his mother is concerned he will fall behind in his classes.
4th grade boy:
D. likes to play football, indoor games and talk to people. He is interested in theater and drawing. He needs a male role model to show him the importance of education and to affirm his talents.