“I showed my class how to do the distributive property. We learned it in the After School Program and we aren’t learning it in class until the end of the week! My teacher was impressed and the class was shocked! I felt SO smart!!” – 4th grader, Tillicum After School Program.
Students have been involved in a five day after school program since the middle of October. Teachers, para-educators, school administration, community organizations and local businesses have been supporting the learning of Tillicum Elementary students. Since the recent beginning of the Tillicum Community Learning Center, several Lakewood businesses and organizations have stepped up to provide enrichment opportunities for students in grades 3-5.
Communities in Schools of Lakewood has partnered up with the Pierce County Library, City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Department, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and the Lakewood Police Department to provide over 25 hours of student enrichment between October and December 2010.
* On October 20th, the Pierce County Library allowed all 75 students to tour the local public library and receive new library cards. The students returned to the school showing off their newly checked out books and free bags and pencils provided by the library. Student will periodically be returning to the library on school field trips in order to return books and check out new ones!
* On November 10th, Modern Woodmen provided the students with an afternoon of “What is Money??” Students enjoyed learning about how money was created and when it was first used. They also created their own piggy banks to take home and begin saving their own money.
* On November 17th, Officer Johnson with the Lakewood Police Department captivated the student audience with games and conversations on “what is community and how can we make our community better?” Students enjoyed asking questions about what it was like to be a police officer and learning how the Lakewood Police Department supports the community of Tillicum and Woodbrook.
* Every Friday, the City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department teams up with Communities in Schools of Lakewood to provide active and athletic enrichment for the kids. Students are learning the ins-and-outs of what it takes to function on a team and play an organized sport!
Are you interested in learning more about the Communities in Schools of Lakewood Tillicum Program? Perhaps you would like to come out for a visit of the program? Please check out our website www.lakewood.ciswa.org and contact Christina Klas, Tillicum Site Coordinator for more details or to inquire about how to become a volunteer.