Communities in Schools-Lakewood (CISL) and students in Lakewood are fortunate to have the support of our two local Rotary Clubs and the Lakewood Community Foundation. Recent contributions include $3,000 from Clover Park Rotary focused on site coordination and after-school activities at Southgate elementary; $2,000 from Lakewood Rotary focused on site coordination and after-school activities at Lochburn middle school; and, $2,000 from Lakewood Community Foundation focused on all five After-School Programs (ASP) run by CISL.
In 2013-14, 435 students and 51 staff (teachers, paras, site coordinators, partners and tutors) were involved in ASPs at Tyee Park, Tillicum, Oakwood, Southgate and Lochburn, 6-8 hours per week. During that time they had dinner, worked on math skills and enjoyed a variety of educational enrichment clubs including computers, scouts, arts and crafts, drama, science, culture, fitness and sports. All students were bussed home. Very few students at the above schools play organized sports due to transportation and financial issues, so each week a portion of the ASP is dedicated to running, stretching and learning how to play different sports. The aim of CISL After-School Programs is to educate the whole child so that our students can achieve their dream, be good citizens and become self-sufficient adults.
Schools cannot do it alone. Community partnerships are vital to the success of kids who need additional support in order to reach grade level and beyond. Rotarians are true “partners in education”. Young lives are changing as a result of their caring commitment to education.
Further information and the CISL summer newsletter can be found on our website: www.lakewood.ciswa.org.