Students serve community during 2015 March Gladness
Students serve community during 2015 March Gladness
Posted on 06/04/2015

Students celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual March Gladness community service program by recording some of the highest numbers yet in money raised and items collected to help people in need.


The thousands of elementary, junior high, and high school students who took part in March Gladness raised more than $50,000 in cash donations for a variety of worthy causes.


This year in particular, schools focused on helping their own through fundraisers to help students or staff members fighting cancer or other physical battles.


The 6th Annual Cops vs Teachers Charity Basketball Game at Ferrucci Junior High, for example, raised nearly $18,000 to support 5-year-old Issac Evans, who was diagnosed in January with neuroblastoma cancer. His father is an Emerald Ridge High School teacher, and his mother is a Puyallup Assistant City Attorney.


Additionally, students like those at Ridgecrest Elementary teamed to collect items for specific organizations or causes. Ridgecrest Elementary students, for example, collected more than 200 food and toys for the local animal shelter.


“Students outdid themselves this year, not just in the amount raised, but also in how invested they were in helping their community,” said Jan Mauk, executive director of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Puyallup. CIS coordinates the annual event.


In all, more than 11.500 students from throughout the district participated in 70 registered community service projects and spent more than 3,000 hours serving those in need. This year’s “A Decade of Service” theme recognized the program’s 10th anniversary.


See a photo slideshow featuring the many ways Puyallup School District students served their community during this year’s March Gladness.