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Community supports Puyallup students
Community supports Puyallup students
Posted on 09/12/2018
Community supports Puyallup students

Volunteers throughout the community came together at the Puyallup Costco in the early morning recently to inventory and sort school supply donations for Puyallup students who need them.

Supply drive The supplies are divided up between the district’s 32 schools based on enrollment and the percentage of students who receive free or reduced price lunch. In 2017 more than 32 percent of students in the district received free or reduced price lunch.

The donations were collected during August with the support of businesses, City of Puyallup, churches, and community members. The annual drive is sponsored by Communities In Schools Puyallup in partnership with Red Canoe Credit Union. 

BackpacksThis year, 4,249 lbs. of supplies were donated — last year’s total was just over 3,100 lbs. There were 23,842 items collected. We know this because the Puyallup Costco sponsors a drop off day where all the donations are sorted, placed in large boxes sitting on pallets, and are weighed and tallied. Costco has been a partner with Communities In Schools Puyallup for fifteen years. They donate backpacks annually and provided 420 this year.

“That was a game changer when we started partnering with Costco,” says CISP Executive Director Jan Mauk. Costco provides a central location, a large area for volunteers to organize the supplies, and improves the efficiency of distribution to schools.

Those who came to help included Puyallup City Councilmembers Cynthia Jacobsen and Julie Door, students, CarMax employees, and many other volunteers.

“This is a great project. I just want to make sure our Puyallup kids have what they need,” says Jacobsen.

Supply drivePuyallup City Councilmember Cynthia Jacobsen