Community Schools Programs

Struggling students and their families have a hard time navigating the maze of services. Through a school-based coordinator, we bring these local resources into the school where they are accessible, coordinated and aimed towards the same goal.
What we can do for you

Before and After School Programs

In 2019, 220,570 children (19%) would have been enrolled in a summer program if one were available to them.Beautiful Brown Girl Smiling

Snack Drives/Food Programs

Most kids are hungry after school. According to the latest estimates, as many as 13 million children in the United States live in "food insecure" homes.
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We want to hear from You!

We love hearing feedback from the community. Please take 5 minutes to fill out an anonymous questionair and let the Community Schools team know how we are doing. Thank you!
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Equity Vs. Equality

It’s important to understand that equity is different from equality, in that equality means that all students get the same thing. But when schools strive to provide equity, it means that every child gets what they need. Or, as 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples once said, “Equality is everyone gets shoes. Equity is all the shoes fit.”

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 high school and are on track for post-secondary success is an important step in ensuring a lifetime of success, health and well-being.

TOGETHER! is currently partnering with the Tumwater & Olympia School Districts to implement this model in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Who We Are & What We Do:

Every child walks into their classroom each day with varying preparedness to learn. It’s possible that a student may be experiencing a turbulent home life, hungry, facing housing instability, lack of medical resources, technology disparity or any other barrier that might be keeping them from succeeding in school. Increasingly, schools recognize that in order to learn, students need individualized supports. 

 

We maintain Community Resource Centers in every school we serve, where students can easily and discreetly access all of the basic needs that keep them healthy and happy during school and over the summer. Each Community Resource Center also serves as a point of entry into Community Schools wraparound services, where staff can get to know a student's individual needs and offer sustainable assistance. The Community Resource Center is the hub and the footprint of Community Schools in each building and all of the work we do spreads out from there, yet in a time of this global pandemic, we have moved all of our support services to be accessible remotely.


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Meet Our Team!


Current News/Updates:

Project Prom at Olympia High School

Do you have semi-formal or formal wear for young individuals you want to donate to a good cause?

Please consider donating to Olympia High Schools Project Prom and make someone’s day by providing the opportunity for those to attend their magical milestone!

Below are the date of events; I will announce a separate date and time for students to come pick out their attire.

TOLO - March 26 (Semi-formal attire)

PROM - June 4th (Formal attire)


It's the 2021-2022 School Year and a new partnership with Olympia School District Warms Our Winter & Our Hearts: 

The Olympia School District and TOGETHER!'s Community Schools Program are excited to announce the launch of a partnership this year to help ensure students get the supports they need to succeed in school and in life.

 

The Community Schools Initiative works to address the needs of the whole child by leveraging partners and resources in the following areas:
 

  • Basic Needs

  • Physical Health

  • Family Engagement

  • Enrichment

  • Community and Service Learning

 

TOGETHER! Community Schools Case Managers are assigned to OSD middle and high schools to help support students and families. Already this fall case managers, in partnership with school staff, have assisted students with supports such as homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing of families experiencing homelessness, distribution of more than 350 holiday meal boxes to students and families in the district, provision of direct 1:1 support for over 30 families, and support for existing and expanded after-school programs and lunchtime support and enrichment activities.

 

"We are so appreciative of our partnership with the TOGETHER! Community Schools program," said Superintendent Patrick Murphy. "TOGETHER! staff, in partnership with OSD employees in our middle and high schools, are working hard to remove educational barriers for some of our most vulnerable students by connecting them and their families to critical educational and community-based resources. These supports, often as basic as food, clothing and transportation, are critical to our students' overall success."

 

"The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the need for initiatives that partner with students and families farthest from educational justice," said TOGETHER! Executive Director Meagan Darrow. "We are proud to partner with OSD to address both the concrete needs of students and families while also improving the system of care for students and families in schools. We aim to bridge the gap between schools and community resources and social services to increase the equitable distribution of tailored supports to improve learning and belonging in the Olympia Schools." 

 

To learn more about the program at each school, visit the TOGETHER! Partnership webpages on each school website:
 


Using schools as hubs, Community Schools bring a range of community supports and opportunities, and remove barriers for students and families, resulting in improved student learning, and healthier communities. The Community Schools program is one of three core services offered by TOGETHER!. For questions about the program, please contact TOGETHER!'s Olympia Community Schools Director Michael Dennis at MDennis@ThurstonTOGETHER.org or (360) 819-0277.

Kicks4Kids 2022

Cheers to another successful #Kicks4Kids program! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to wonderful partnerships with Big5 Sporting Goods and Thurston County's Human Services Fund (HSF). 118 kiddos from 9 different schools in Tumwater were able to pick out brand new pairs of shoes. We love what we do!


Before, During & After School Programs

Reeves Middle School

In collaboration with the Playback Theatre Collective, BRAVE PRACTIVE provides a space for students to share stories at Reeves Middle School every Tuesday from April 12-May 31 . Snacks & activity bus is provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECTRUM provides a safe space at Reeves Middle School every Thursday for LGBTQIA+ students to come together and find support with their allies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Washington Middle School 

The Kindness Krew at Washington Middle School every Friday! Students will spread kindness throughout the school and learn about other ways to be kind and show empathy to all.

Spanish and Cultural Awareness Club at Washington Middle School every Friday! Students will celebrate all cultures and heritage backgrounds that surround us in our community!


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Learn more about After School in Washington State

From a Time of Risk to a Time of Opportunity: A report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids finds that afterschool programs play a vital role in turning the hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. into a time of opportunity for our young people, with the 70% drop in juvenile crime corresponding with the rise in availability of afterschool opportunities across the country. Learn what the peak time for juvenile crime is in Washington, as well as how when schools are closed but many parents are still on the job, afterschool programs are keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and giving working parents peace of mind. Download the fact sheet for Washington.

National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment: The National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) in the Office of Child Care offers state level fact sheets on school-age child care funded through the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Click to view the information for Washington.


Help us stock our Resource Center

Want to support the Tumwater and Olympia communities?

TOGETHER! works in partnership with Tumwater & Olympia School Districts, local churches, teachers, Rotary Clubs, Foundations, Non-Profit organizations and student leadership groups to help manage and maintain physical and mobile pantries full of items children and families need most. 

In order to continue our mission we would love support from our community in the form of donation of funds and products. To donate funds, visit our donate page, and to donate food or other key items, check our list below, or check out the Tumwater Community Schools Facebook page and the Olympia Community Schools Facebook page for updates on current top needs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Mission

The Community Schools Initiative in Practice

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. Some of the barriers that students face can include:

  • Experiencing family or personal crisis

  • In need of mental health services

  • Living in poverty

  • Coming to school hungry

  • In need of healthcare

  • Homeless or living in temporary housing

  • Language barriers

  • Time management

 


Initiative Resources:

Executive Summary 

Results Framework

Partnering School Districts

 

Olympia


 
ORLA &
Capital High School 

Program Manager:
Paulie Schreck (she, her)
PSchreck@thurstontogether.org

Click Here to Learn more about Paulie!


Olympia High School &
Freedom Farmers 

Program Manager:
Kamryn McLean (she, her)
KMcLean@thurstontogether.org

Click Here to Learn more about Kamryn!


Jefferson Middle School &
Marshall Middle School

Program Manager:
Sarina Corpuz (she, her)
SCorpuz@thurstontogether.org

Click Here to Learn more about Sarina!


Reeves Middle School &
Washington Middle School
 
Program Manager:
Diana Perez (she, her)
DPerez@thurstontogether.org

 


Tumwater


Black Hills High School

Program Manager:
TBD


Tumwater High School

Program Manager:
Stephanie Lopez (she, her)
SLopez@thurstontogether.org

Click Here to Learn more about Stephanie!


Black Lake Elementary,
Littlerock Elementary &
Peter G. Schmidt Elementary
 

Program Manager:
TBD
​@thurstontogether.org


East Olympia Elementary,
Michael T. Simmons Elementary &
Tumwater Hill Elementary

Program Manager:
Courtney Prothero (she, her)
CProthero@thurstontogether.org


 

Thank you to our Partners

Contact Us

If you are interested in supporting our Olympia Community Schools program, please contact:

Michael Dennis
Work Cell: (360) 819-0277
MDennis@thurstontogether.org

Olympia Community Schools Facebook


If you are interested in supporting our Tumwater Community Schools program, please contact:

Sierra Abrams
Work Cell: (360) 999-0092

SAbrams@thurstontogether.org

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

Tumwater Community Schools Facebook

“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