When a student's basic needs aren't met for any reason, learning can be difficult. The purpose of our Community Schools initiative is to assist struggling students and their families to navigate accessing resources in our community while also providing essential resources right from our schools. We have "Hubs" located in seven of our schools that provide food, hygiene, and clothing items to students and families as they need them. Our Community Schools Coordinators have quickly become invaluable members of our Tumwater family as they work diligently to help remove barriers to learning and connect families with available community resources. Help can come in many different forms: no-cost immunization clinics, free sports physicals, providing school supplies, food, clothing, hygiene items, assisting families with navigating community resources to access emergency housing, job assistance, child care, health care, and more.
The 2017-18 school year marks our third year of this partnership and we are seeing positive results because of this important work.
Find out more about Community Schools by visiting Thurston TOGETHER! Community Schools website.