Using FRMAD funds, the Tumwater Community Schools team served multi-meal food bags to more than 150 kiddos in need this Spring Break. During Spring Break, school district food programs do not operate or provide funding for other school lunch programs. Volunteers distributed the food bags at locations around the county frequented by underprivileged school children already known by Together! coordinators who operating in 7 Thurston County schools. FRMAD previously supported Together! programs targeting school children and families who are in need of aid with shoes & coats for underprivileged students. Together! partners with firefighters & police jurisdictions in Thurston County.
Together! is affiliated with the national Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) based in Washington D.C., using public schools as hubs and operating under the Community Schools Initiative model. The model brings community-based organizations and public services together offering a coordinated range of supports and opportunities to children, youth and families. IEL is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, including youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks.