Circumstances and barriers for students vary widely across communities. Our local approach allows us to identify the unique needs in our community and leverage resources to make a difference in the lives of our young people.

Across our community, the identified priority local needs and risk factors vary for each school, family, and individual student. To address these needs, our school-based site coordinators have implemented the following supports

Our Services in Schools

School-based site coordinators empower students to stay in school through individualized access to needed resources, and ongoing encouragement and guidance to build confidence to reach their potential and achieve their dreams.

Every year, barriers prevent groups of students from having the school supplies they need to start the school year. We partner with Red Canoe Credit Union to facilitate the "Fill the Canoe" School Supply Drive every August.
CIS of Puyallup partners with the staff at our site schools and numerous community partners to provide food and gifts to families every holiday season. This support alleviates an element of seasonal stress, so families can focus on their children's academic success.
Each year, Communities In Schools coordinates a series of community service projects known as March Gladness. Students from all 33 schools in the Puyallup School District play a leading role in creating and carrying out a service project to benefit a local, national, or global cause.
Our site coordinators provide personalized small group interventions to Puyallup students. With the support of community volunteers, we teach students to love reading, setting them up for future learning success.
Our caring mentors and tutors work with students to help them improve in academics and achieve personal goals. This sincere connection is crucial to a student's growth and development.
Food insecurity affects one in four students in Pierce County. We partner with the community to provide students with food over the weekend and over holidays to ensure that they have access to food while at home.