Show & Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Clover Park

High school to train nursing assistants

Clover Park High School is offering a nursing assistant certified program in conjunction with Clover Park Technical College.

The course will be taught at the school with college instructors. Students who complete the program will be qualified to earn a certificate from the state, and the course counts as a prerequisite for the nursing program.


Organization, district

to pair freshmen, adults

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Tacoma Public Schools have partnered for a pilot project to pair 30 freshmen with local adult volunteers for one-on-one mentoring.

The mentoring pairs will meet once a week throughout the school year at Stadium and Foss high schools. The program is designed to combat the challenges of transitioning from eighth grade to freshman year of high school. Statistically, that’s when students fall behind and drop out in the greatest numbers, according to the school district.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs 30 mentors to participate in the project and will be providing community information sessions at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 and Sept. 27 at 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 302, Tacoma. Those interested in attending should RSVP to

Annie Wright expands early childhood program

Annie Wright Schools has expanded its early childhood program for children ages three to five, offering a year-round program, extended care and programming before and after the school day.

For more information, contact Joy Phelps at or call 253-284-8602.

District launches online free meal application

The Tacoma School District is introducing a online application process for parents to apply for free or reduced-price meals for their children.

The “Meal App Now” online program eliminates paperwork, offering a secure system for applications that is available 24 hours a day. Online applications can be processed within 24 hours, while paper applications take three to five days to process.

Paper applications are still available at each school. Applications must submitted by Oct. 15. For more information or assistance, parents can go to the Nutrition Services office at 3321 S. Union Ave. or call 253-571-3370.

Franklin Pierce

Elementaries receive USDA fresh food grants

Three Franklin Pierce School District elementary schools — Christensen, James Sales, and Harvard — were awarded a USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables grant for the 2014-15 school year. The grant is worth $50,000.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools.


Forums set to discuss district strategic plan

The Steilacoom Historical School District is planning community forums to collect comment on the 2014-15 goals for the district strategic plan.

The forums are 5:30-6:30 p.m. and cover the four focus areas of the district’s strategic plan. The Sept. 9 meeting will cover family and community involvement; Sept. 11 will be on resource management; Sept. 16 will cover teaching and learning; and Sept. 17 will be on safety, service and support.

All sessions will be held at the District Professional Development Center, 511 Chambers St. in Steilacoom.

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers