Communities In Schools Puyallup 2017 Friendraiser
Communities In Schools Puyallup 2017 Friendraiser
Posted on 03/30/2017

Communities In Schools of Puyallup (CIS of Puyallup) held its 12th Annual Friendraiser Breakfast and Auction March 22 at the Washington State Fairgrounds. At this annual fundraiser breakfast was served, awards were given to community members, and an auction and raffle took place raising funds for programs and services that CIS of Puyallup delivers to students in the Puyallup School District (PSD).

This year over $44,000 was raised at the fundraiser, making this year’s Friendraiser the largest one yet.

PHS Jazz Band

CIS of Puyallup partners with the Puyallup School District and local businesses to provide services such as reading and math

 tutoring. They also coordinate drives for basic needs like food and school supplies throughout the year and most recently they

 facilitated the district-wide community service event, March Gladness, that encourages students in every school to give back 

to their community during January through March. 

The event began with the PHS Jazz band, under the direction of Eric Ryan, filling the room with toe-tapping tunes that certainly set the tone for a warm community gathering.

After a brief opening and welcome from Kent Hojem,  Washington State Kent Hojem, Bill Bowers, and Jan MaukFair CEO and CIS of Puyallup Board Treasurer, the Rogers High School JROTC Color Guard presented the colors followed by the National Anthem sung by an ensemble of Puyallup High School students Alex Fernando, Jenny Gabriel, Riley Harasymczuk, and Samuel Tipton.

Bill Bowers presented on behalf of the Korum for Kids Foundation, discussing the foundation’s support of CIS of Puyallup and the new initiative to connect the resources of local faith based organizations with the need of schools to maximize the impact made in the community.

Superintendent of the Puyallup School District, Dr. Tim Yeomans, spoke at the event reminding attendees that Puyallup is the land of generous people and how great it is to live in a community that gives back. Dr. Yeomans went on to say how great a partnership it is for the Puyallup School District to be working with Communities In Schools Puyallup.Citizen Volunteer of the Year

Every year there are three awards given by Communities In Schools of Puyallup: one Volunteer of the Year, an Educator Citizen of the Year, as well as a Student Citizen of the Year. 

The 2017 CISP Volunteer of the Year, presented by South Hill Collision, was awarded to Marilyn Elliott, a volunteer at Stewart and Karshner elementary schools. Site Coordinator for Karshner Elementary, Matea Hickle, celebrated how Elliott’s commitment and dedication to creating relationships with students has continued to impact students at Karshner. Elliot tutors six struggling readers one-on-one every week.
Educator Citizen of the Year


The 2017 CISP Educator Citizen of the Year, presented by South Hill Collision, was received by Gina Greaves from Ferucci Junior High. Ferrucci Junior High Principal, Brian Fosnick, praised the impact Greave’s has made during her time at Ferucci through various activities such as Key Club and March Gladness.



Student Citizen of the YearThe 2017 CISP Student Citizen of the Year, presented by the Washington State Fair Foundation was awarded to Sarah Archer, a senior at Rogers High School. Rogers High School Principal, Jason Smith, spoke about Sarah’s hard work and the example she has set for others at Rogers High School and her community.

CISP Board Chair, Bridget O’Connor, and Marcus Micheles, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator Support, talked about how the organization has impacted students throughout the district, not only in their education but through developing positive relationships with the students.

Micheles shared his experience working with students and how the impact of CIS of Puyallup services go beyond delivering academic assistance and distributing supplies. CIS of Puyallup services provide students with caring adults, someone who is there to listen and help them through tough times.

Donated items from community



Attendees had the opportunity to bid on items donated by the community during a raffle and live auction featuring auctioneer, Jim Quinn. All proceeds of the event go towards funding services that offer academic assistance, mentoring, or basic needs to our students in need the most.





If you missed this year’s Friendraiser but would like to make a donation or become involved with Communities In Schools Puyallup, please consider one of the following: