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Communities In Schools of Peninsula to honor Legacy Award recipient Aug. 25

Wayne Harris
Wayne Harris Courtesy

Wayne Harris will be presented with Communities In Schools of Peninsula’s (CISP) second annual Legacy Award at its special event on Aug. 25.

Harris is a 30-year veteran with Costco, 25 of which he served as general manager. Harris currently works at the Costco in Silverdale, but lives in Gig Harbor.

Harris served on the CISP board of directors from 2008 to 2011. He was instrumental in helping CISP build organizational capacity, and also increased the number of much-needed community stakeholders. Harris has served on many boards, both as a board member and chairman.

“With CISP I had the privilege to do both. My first couple of meetings quickly proved the level of dedication of all the board members and the entire CISP organization,” Harris said in a release. “It was an open and supportive environment for ideas and thoughts — all intended to make CISP stronger financially in order to serve more students. I miss it dearly.”

The mission of CISP is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Incorporated in 2000, CISP serves the students and families of the Peninsula School District. CISP is an independent local affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools (CIS). CISP is an independent affiliate with a local board of directors.

The organization does not charge any fees for service, and relies solely on donations and grants.

Harris has been married to his wife, Susan, for 42 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

He plans to retire in Gig Harbor and hopes to rejoin the CISP board of directors.

The CISP administrative office is located in Vaughn, but it also has part-time staff at nine of its local schools. CISP site coordinators are responsible for providing and brokering programs and services for the high-needs kids in their respective schools, while CISP program coordinators run the organization’s successful reading and math mentor programs.

For more information on volunteering or to donate, call 253-884-5733 or visit