04-19-12: More thank 11,100 students serve community in March Gladness
04-19-12: More thank 11,100 students serve community in March Gladness

They collected pennies by the thousands to help fund cancer research, donated clothing and shoes to help those in need, and served hot meals to Puyallup’s homeless.

They sent letters to military personnel overseas, cleaned school grounds, and supplied jars of peanut butter to the local food bank.

In all, more than 11,100 students served their local, state, and worldwide communities this year as part of the seventh annual March Gladness community service project.

Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade registered service projects with Communities In School of Puyallup (CISP) from January through March.

“I am impressed by the service and dedication of students and staff throughout the district who stepped up to be the change in their community,” said CISP Executive Director Jan Mauk.

Collections of food, pennies, and clothing ranged from several hundred items at one school to several thousand at others. Highlights include:

  • 40,000 pounds of clothing collected from among all 32 district schools for the Tacoma Goodwill.
  • 10,000 pairs of shoes collected for children and adults in impoverished areas throughout the world through the Soles4Souls program.
  • $27,000-plus raised for cancer research.