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Communities In Schools of Puyallup earns a Rising Star award
Communities In Schools of Puyallup earns a Rising Star award
Posted on 01/22/2018

Communities In Schools of Puyallup (CISP) was recently recognized with a Rising Star Award as Non-Profit of the Year as presented by the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber presented CISP Executive Director Jan Mauk with the award during the Chamber’s 2018 Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on January 11 at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. CISP was one of four nominees.

The work of CISP has been recognized by the Chamber in the past, having been nominated for the award in 2016, 2015, and 2013. “Simply to be nominated is an incredible honor,” said Mauk. “We are grateful to be the recipient of this award.”

The Non-Profit of the Year award is presented to an organization in Puyallup or Sumner that plays an important role in our communities by improving lives. CISP staff are challenged to work to this end on a daily basis. Their vision statement identifies staff as “dedicated individuals and resources fostering successful students and building healthier families.”

In operation since 2002, CISP has been providing high-impact dropout prevention services to the students of the Puyallup School District. Through their model of site coordination, CISP places trained staff directly inside schools with the goal to connect students and their families to critical community resources tailored to each student’s specific needs.

CISP partners with the Puyallup School District to help students succeed by building relationships with students and families and coordinate volunteers and services such as one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, and providing basic needs such as food and clothing. CISP also coordinates district-wide annual events such as March Gladness community service projects and back-to-school supply drives.

“We are very proud of the work done by Jan Mauk and her team,” said Puyallup School District Superintendent Tim Yeomans. “Our students and families receive support in amazing ways because of the time and effort of Communities In Schools of Puyallup. Their work is integral to the work we do everyday.”