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Helping Local Families in Need
Helping Support Local Families in Need


One of the many areas of focus in the Puyallup School District is creating a culture of service. Each fall and winter students and staff throughout the district coordinate various drives to support area families in need. The soup, vegetables, fruits, and other non-perishable items are donated to our students and their families, local organizations such as the Puyallup Elks Club, Puyallup Food Bank, and Edgewood Community FISH Food Bank.

Several district offices, and elementary, junior high, and high schools also create holiday food baskets each year to support families with students on those campuses. The drives are timed each fall to provide extra food during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.

This year students in grades seven through 12 may earn a Puyallup School District Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service.

This program is a win-win for both our students and the community. Employers and colleges often look for volunteer service when reading through applications. Participating in volunteer service can greatly benefit the student as well as the community. For more information about earning a Puyallup School District Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service, please visit the Volunteer Services page on the this website.

Superintendent Dr. Tim Yeomans expressed at the October 3 board meeting at Kalles Junior High, “Our whole goal as we look 18 years into the future is that children being born today when they graduate from high school will enter a community where a culture of service, as modeled by Communities In Schools, is the norm in our school district.”

Below is a list of the offices and schools that have been working diligently to collect money or donations for those in need.  If you would like to make a donation, please email any of the contacts below or stop by the schools.

  Puyallup School District Operations Department (Capital Projects, Facilities, and Maintenance Depts.)
  The men participated in No-Shave November
  Collected $451.36, that will be given to benefit a family at Stewart Elementary School.

Aylen Junior High
Items being collected:
 Non-perishable Food items
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: Spaneta@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 23,000 items! (In partnership with Fruitland, Karshner, Maplewood and Waller Road)

Ballou Junior High
Items being collected:
Food items
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Local families in need and the Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: ErathDT@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 12,302 items!

Edgemont Junior High
Items being collected:
 Food items
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Local families in need and the Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: Smithmj@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 1,700 items as well as $300 cash donation!

Edgerton Elementary
Items being collected:
 Food items
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Local families in need
Contact person: harristl@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Edgerton Elementary
Items being collected:
 Gift Cards
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Local families in need
Contact person: harristl@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Emerald Ridge High School
Items being collected:
 Food items
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Emerald Ridge Food Pantry ( Directly benefits ERHS families in need and the Puyallup Food Bank)
Contact person: RusseCM@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 1,056 items!

Emerald Ridge High School
Items being collected:
 Blood Donations (collected by Cascade Regional Blood Service)
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Cascade Regional Blood Service will distribute to local hospitals
Contact person: WicketJL@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 86 donations of blood!

Emerald Ridge High School
Items being collected:
 Cash Donations
Dates of Drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Kiwanis International Foundation for UNICEF

Ferrucci Junior High
Items being collected: Food and personal hygiene items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to:  Local families in need and the Puyallup Food Bank
Contact person: Greavegl@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Firgrove Elementary
Items being collected: Food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Local families in need and the Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: DyerMM@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 1,800 items! (Added to Ballou Junior High)

Fruitland Elementary
Items being collected: Food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: NelsonDJ@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 5,160 items!

Hunt Elementary
Items being collected:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Warm winter clothing
  • Books and games
  • Personal hygiene items

Dates of drive: November 16- December 16
Donations will go to:

  • Homeless Families in Puyallup
  • Homeless veterans of the Veterans Affairs Hospital

Contact personLewisJR@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Kalles Junior High
Items being collected: Canned and non-perishable foods
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup FISH Food Bank & Central Pierce Fire and Rescue
Contact person: TEMPLITA@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Meeker Elementary
Items being collected: Food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Meeker Food Pantry (directly benefits Meeker families in need)
Contact person: PotisCJ@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Meeker Elementary
Items being collected: Holiday gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Meeker families in need
Contact person: bensonsl@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Mountain View Elementary
Items being collected: Food Items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Mt View Community Center Food Bank
Contact person: KREUGEN@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 4,600 items! (or 2,777 pounds)

Northwood Elementary
Items being collected: Food Items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: 
Mt View Community Center Food Bank
Contact person: 
Donations Collected: 4,000 items!

Puyallup High School
Items being collected: food and personal hygiene items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: PHS Pantry (directly benefits PHS families and students in need)
Contact person: reichep@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 1,175 items!

Puyallup Digital Learning
Items being collected:

  •  For Our Teen Parents: Diapers (size 2 and up), wipes, children books, coloring books and crayons, baby hygiene products, toddler and baby hats and gloves.
  • For our students: backpacks, blankets, hats and gloves, personal hygiene products, sports drinks, and non-perishable food items

Dates of drive: 
Donations will go to:

  • Puyallup Schools teen parents
  • McKinney-Vento homeless youth

Contact person: avilas@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 700 itmes and $1650!


Rogers High School
Items being collected: Food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Food Bank
Contact person: LangsBL@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 500 items!

Rogers High School
Items being collected: Warm clothing
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Homeless House of Puyallup and the VA Hospital
Contact person: LewisJR@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Rogers High School
Items being collected: Books and Holiday Gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Homeless House of Puyallup and the VA Hospital
Contact person: LewisJR@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Rogers High School
Items being collected: Personal Hygiene Items
Dates of drive: December 14- December 18
Donations will go to: Homeless House of Puyallup and the VA Hospital
Contact person: LewisJR@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Shaw Road Elementary
Items being collected: Nonperishable food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Food Bank
Contact person: NINODA@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Shaw Road Elementary
Items being collected: Holiday Gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Shaw Road families in need
Contact person: NINODA@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Stewart Elementary
Items being collected: Nonperishable food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: chris@cispuyallup.org
Donations Collected: 651 items!

Sunrise Elementary
Items being collected: Holiday gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Sunrise families in need
Contact person: NelsonDK@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Spinning Elementary
Items being collected: Food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Elks club
Contact person: NelsonDK@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 1,385 items!

Spinning Elementary
Items being collected: Holiday gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Spinning families in need
Contact person: NelsonDK@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 16 families impacted

Waller Road Elementary
Items being collected: Food items
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Puyallup Elks club
Contact person: MortonHL@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 2,483 items!

Waller Road Elementary
Items being collected: Holiday gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Local families in need
Contact person: MortonHL@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Woodland Elementary Items being collected:

  • Bag of potatoes
  • Instant potatoes
  • Gravy mix
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cranberry juice

Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Woodland families in need
Contact person: HillJS@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Donations Collected: 1,200 lbs!

Woodland Elementary
Items being collected: Holiday Gifts
Dates of drive: COMPLETE
Donations will go to: Woodland families in need
Contact person: HillJS@puyallup.k12.wa.us

Ballou Junior High
Items being collected:
 Food items
Dates of Drive: November 14- November 23
Donations will go to: Local families in need and the Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: ErathDT@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Ballou Junior High
Items being collected:
 Food items
Dates of Drive: November 14- November 23
Donations will go to: Local families in need and the Puyallup Elks Club
Contact person: ErathDT@puyallup.k12.wa.us