If you are interested in volunteering to help our schools, there are several ways to do so.
Communities In Schools Peninsula: (CISP) is an independent non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2000 and serves children and families residing within the boundaries of Peninsula School District. CISP builds partnerships with schools, local community members, businesses, and other social service agencies to help ensure that every child has what they need to be successful. CISP eliminates barriers to learning so each child has the opportunity to build a bright future for themselves. Services such as academic mentoring; after-school programs; educational assemblies; parenting education classes; math literacy offerings; dental care for non-insured students, and school supplies are coordinated through a single point of contact. Resources are then tailored to the school and the student, and are also linked to academic outcomes. Backed by a national organization operating in 27 states, this structure provides an essential depth of expertise and technical assistance that strengthens the ability of each CIS affiliate to successfully serve its community. If you are interested in volunteering to help a child read or become more proficient in math, more information is available at www.peninsula.ciswa.org.
Peninsula Hands on Art: was founded in 2003 by concerned parents and local artists and serves approximately 2,600 students in grades K-5 across five schools. Each year, Peninsula Hands On Art provides four art projects to these students, designed centrally and presented in the classroom by trained volunteer docents. The docents teach classes using professionally developed curricula that incorporate art theory and history, satisfying Washington State EALRs. Each student is provided with artist-quality materials and informational handouts, and guided through the process of making the project. Afterward, each student has an original art piece to take home or display in the school, and, we hope, a greater understanding of visual arts in culture and history, as well as the pleasures and rewards of the creative process. Peninsula Hands On Art is funded by donation and run by the tireless effort of hundreds of volunteers. We feel that, in this age of shrinking school budgets and disappearing publicly-funded arts programs, we are providing a vital piece of education that might otherwise be lost to these children. If you are interested in volunteering, more information is available at www.peninsulahandsonart.org.