Thanks to the generosity of Lakewood contributors, the youth in our community will be the beneficiaries of $21,000 that was raised at the March 25 Champions for Youth Breakfast, a benefit hosted by Communities in Schools of Lakewood (CISL). After a delicious Old Country Buffet breakfast, Gary Wilson, Assistant Superintendent for Clover Park School District and Master of Ceremonies, shared about CISL programs and recognized the many people and community organizations that serve children in our schools.
Of special significance were the presentations of two students: Joana Jimenez spoke about her growth as a result of participating in the Lochburn After-School program. Her message is featured on the CISL website at www.lakewood.ciswa.org. And Manny Peters noted that his mentor made a tremendous difference in his young life.
Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, provided a brief message at the opening of the event. His assistant, Erin Jones, was the keynote speaker and delivered a moving presentation of her background, her challenges, her positive experiences and how caring adults played a role in her life — all of which led her to become a teacher and dedicated to working with youth.
CISL is very appreciative of the following event sponsors: Mt. View Funeral Home, Eisenhower & Carlson Law Firm, Harborstone Credit Union, Horizon Bank, Key Bank, Korean Women’s Association, Lakewood Ford, Pierce College, LeMay Enterprises, Les Schwab Tires, Lakewood First Baptist Church, Columbia Bank and Puget Sound Energy.
Urgent Need for Mentors
We have nine students waiting for a caring adult mentor. There are currently 79 mentors meeting with students on various Clover Park school campuses once a week between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Training is provided and support is ongoing during the year. Here are a few students on our waiting list:
- 7th grader at Lochburn. He enjoys playing basketball, model building, puzzles, photography and reading; science and math are his favorite subjects. Wants to study dinosaurs as a career.
- 3rd grader at Dower. He lost both his parents and lives with his uncle. He enjoys computer games, basketball, and chess and likes reading about alligators, choppers and helicopters.
- 4th grader at Oakwood. His grades are going down because he struggles to complete his work. A person who could mentor and tutor him would be perfect.
- 4th grader at Oakwood. He does not believe in himself and likes to bother other kids. As a result, he has few friends and is unhappy at school.
If you wish more information or would like to become a Champions Mentor, contact Christina or Dave at 589-7489.