With school starting up, millions of kids are stressing about finishing summer homework and waking up early, but other kids have some deeper troubles, like not having enough supplies for school. This is a problem Communities In Schools of Puyallup, a local chapter of the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, is looking to mitigate with partners in the community. One of these partners is the Townhomes at Mountain View, a Puyallup/Edgewood neighborhood looking to give back. At Townhomes at Mountain View’s third annual resident appreciation barbeque, a school supply donation drive brought residents together with Communities in Schools.
The drive provided backpacks, notebooks pencils, erasers and a wide variety of materials for kids not just in elementary school, but middle and high school aged children as well. The drive has been held the last two years, and this year doubled the amount of donations.
“Every year its gotten to be bigger in attendance, bigger in production as well,” Townhomes at Mountain View Community Manager Andrew Roberts said. “This is a little over double what we did last year.”
The supplies will go to kids in need this school year. With more than 7,000 students in the school district on free or reduced lunch, the carts of supplies donated will be a huge help to families struggling with the financial burden of school.
“It’s a cool thing because these are the tools the kids use and without those, you can’t do your job. The help you’re giving the families in the school district is huge,” said Jan Mauk, executive director of Communities In Schools in Puyallup.
The Townhomes at Mountain View is a community not only dedicated to providing homes, but being a part of something bigger, to give back in some way, and the continuing generosity of the now annual school supply drive is just one example of how the organization and citizens go about doing that.
“It’s good for us to because part of our mission is we provide nice homes for people to live in but we also facilitate a sense of community, a sense of belonging. I think seeing all these school supplies reaffirms that we’re succeeding in our mission,” Roberts said.
While Communities in Schools is a national organization, donations and partnerships are vital to the success of the program.
“We could not do it without the support of our partners. It’s really the community that’s supporting the kids,” Mauk said.
For further information about Communities in Schools in Puyallup, visit puyallup.ciswa.org. For more information on Townhomes at Mountain View, visit townhomesatmountainview.com.