"The Best Way to Spread Holiday Cheer is Coming to Winterfest Every Year!"
Proceeds from Winterfest benefit the Peninsula High School Associated Student Body
The 21st Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade is taking place on November 25 and 26. The Basket Brigade collects canned food and turkeys to make a Thanksgiving “meal in a box”. Over the last few weeks, many of our students have been participating in preparing for this event. This year, nearly 1,000 families in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas will be the recipients of a donated Thanksgiving meal. Community members, coordinated by David Cathers, organize the effort by giving time, money, energy and heart. Last year Mr. Cathers asked the District to help by having elementary students decorate the boxes for delivery. With help from the “Y” and the Boys & Girls Club, Superintendent Cuzzetto now has the decorated boxes sitting in his office waiting for pickup this week. They are impressive with drawings, designs and meaningful messages. Messages such as Hope, Family, I am Thankful for…, Love, Family for Life adorn the boxes. Superintendent Cuzzetto stated, “I am almost sorry to see them leave my office.”
We have other students who are working with the Brigade to collect food, assemble boxes and help with the deliveries. In addition, our very own Sodexo has contributed soup for each box.
The Basket Brigade includes the following message in every box: This basket comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to do this for someone else someday.”
To All Staff and Parents:
Soon the fall/winter storm season will be upon us. We have provided information to assist staff and parents with Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to help you understand how weather decisions are made.
The Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association presented the Discovery Elementary staff with a check for $8,000 to support literacy. The grant will benefit Discovery’s reading support program by increasing volunteer and para-educator time to directly serve students in small, targeted reading groups. To facilitate consistent instruction and services for students, the grant will fund a literacy coach and volunteer coordinator stipends. Expanding Discovery’s in-school reading support program will make a difference in meeting student needs.
As part of their We Day commitment, Kopachuck Middle School participated in the "We Scare Hunger" campaign again this year, collecting non-perishable food for the Fish Food Bank. In conjunction with these efforts, KMS had their first dance of the year on October 30, encouraging students to bring three items of food for admittance into the dance. KMS had excellent student participation, and in addition to approximately 600 items of food being collected, they were also able to make a $160 donation to Fish Food Bank. Way to go, Coyotes!