Ribbon Cutting Marks Launch of Partnership in South Kitsap to Support Students in Greatest Need.
Non-profit Communities In Schools of Peninsula teams up with South Kitsap School District to ensure students in need have vital resources and support
Location: Marcus Whitman Middle School: 1887 Madrona Dr SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, 2024, 1:00 PM
FEB 1, 2024 In partnership with Marcus Whitman Middle School and the South Kitsap School District, Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, in Port Orchard, Washington to mark the launch of CISP services at this school. Community, and school district leaders, along with CISP staff and board members were in attendance.
An affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, CISP works with school administrators, teachers, students, families, and communities to identify the greatest needs among the student population and then provides applicable interventions, resources, and support to meet those needs. Embedded inside the school, site coordinators are uniquely situated to identify and address barriers to learning, such as homelessness, housing instability, poverty, and trauma, that can prevent students from achieving their full potential. Applying a research-based, data-driven approach, CISP serves students by meeting needs ranging from physical, to academic, mental, and emotional, to ensure students’ wellbeing. CISP first began collaborating with South Kitsap School District in the fall of 2022 at South Kitsap High School.
Tim Winter, Superintendent of South Kitsap School District, believes that the Communities In Schools of Peninsula Model and staff share the same values as the district-caring for kids’ needs. He says, with CISP, “I am surrounded by a bunch of people who love people. I am really proud that South Kitsap School District is partnering with CISP, and we want to grow this [partnership].”
“We are excited to be partners with South Kitsap School District,” says CISP Executive Director, Colleen Speer. “Many young people we serve are facing difficult challenges inside and outside of school. We support them with a range of services so they can come to school ready to learn.”
About Communities In Schools of Peninsula
Communities In Schools of Peninsula’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISP is the local affiliate of Communities In Schools, a national dropout prevention program that works with community partners to provide wrap-around services and programming to help students. Founded more than 23 years ago, CISP currently serves students in 13 schools—ten in Peninsula School District and three in South Kitsap School District. More information at peninsula.ciswa.org.