Community Schools

Struggling students and their families have a hard time navigating the maze of services. There may be plenty of resources in a community, but rarely is there someone on the ground who is able to connect these resources with the schools and students that need them most. Through a school-based coordinator, we bring these local resources into the school where they are accessible, coordinated and aimed towards the same goal.

Lasting Equity

Creating lasting equity in health and education takes mobilization of multiple partners to change systems that serve kids and families. Our Community Schools Initiative tackles barriers students and families face to their health, well-being and success. Using the research based national Community Schools model, we transform schools and communities to ensure every child has an equitable opportunity to succeed in school and life. Using a whole child mindset, we mobilize partners and schools to transform systems of care for children. We know from research that health and education are intimately related. Ensuring students graduate from HS and are on track for post-secondary success is an important step in ensuring a lifetime of success, health and well-being.

Tumwater Community Schools Initiative

Our model’s integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. The approach is adapted to meet each school’s unique needs.

Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based site manager, our initiative strategically aligns and leverages needed resources so that students can focus on learning.

Areas of Support
When it comes to making sure kids get the supports that they need to succeed in school and in life, we never give up. The Community Schools Initiative works to address the needs of the whole child by leveraging partners and resources in the following domains:
Basic Needs
Physical Health
Mental Health
Family Engagement
Enrichment

Community and Service Learning

Initiative Resources:
Overview
Executive Summary 

Current Projects & Events

Back to Basics Physical Clinics
The Back to Basics Physical Clinics serve over 200 middle and high school students by providing free access to sports physicals in partnership with local health care providers and committed volunteers.The clinic’s goal is to increase access to health care and connection to health insurance and a medical home. The clinic also eliminates barriers such as check up costs, long waits, appointments during work hours and transportation to clinics. By working with volunteer providers, we have identified students with critical and chronic untreated health problems and connected dozens of families with insurance and health care homes.

Thank you to our 2016 Back to Basic Partners

Immunization Clinic
In partnership with Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Medical Reserve Corps, TOGETHER! And Tumwater School District host annual immunization clinics to ensure kids are up to date with life saving vaccinations and are ready for school. Ensuring students and families take preventive measure to protect their health and well-being is an important step to ensure children are ready for school and ready to learn.                                   

In-School Community Resource Centers

Having access to food, clothing and hygeine items is important to getting children to school and engaged in the classroom. Imagine coming to school knowing your only meal is at lunch time, or coming to school in January with no socks. TOGETHER!, in partnership with the school district, local churches, teachers, Tumwater Rotary and student leadership groups help manage and maintain pantries full of items for those children and families most in need. At our project schools, students and families can discretely access basic needs items, including gift cards for food and gas, to keep their families fed, warm and in school.


Community Resource Center Needs

“The Tumwater Community Schools partnership with TOGETHER! has become an essential part of our mutual effort to support students and families facing challenges in their lives which impact the ability to learn.  Our growing list of community partners wanting to support and expand this effort would not have been possible without the amazing leadership, networking, and support our TOGETHER! team provides. Thank you to the entire TOGETHER! organization for the important work you do in support of children and families!" - Partner John Bash

Interested?

If you are interested in supporting this effort, please contact Meagan Darrow:
mdarrow@thurstontogether.org

Community Schools Initiative Funders:
Tumwater School District
Community Investment Partnership
Tumwater Rotary

Community Schools Facebook
TUFF Page

Partnering Schools

Black Hills High School
Tumwater Middle School
Community Schools Coordinator - Jennifer Gould jgould@thurstontogether.org

Tumwater High School
Bush Middle School
Community Schools Coordinator - Lindsey Bates lbates@thurstontogether.org

Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School
Michael T. Simmons Elementary School
Black Lake Elementary School
Community Schools Coordinator - Arianne Sandel asandel@thurstontogether.org

Thank you to our Partners