TOGETHER! Partnership

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TOGETHER! Olympia Community Schools Program

TOGETHER!Our mission is to close the opportunity gap for students experiencing poverty, homelessness, and racism, by removing systemic barriers. Working with schools and the communities, TOGETHER!’s Community Schools team does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life. Located within schools, TOGETHER!’s Communities Schools staff stock Community Resource Centers within schools, and connect students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources. Some of the services provided include support with housing, transportation, physical and mental health care referrals, clothing and hygiene supplies, and more, tailored to each family’s specific needs.

 

This systemic approach to leveraging community resources provides wraparound support to students and their families. As a result, students and families are more engaged, attendance improves, student dropout rate decreases, and more students graduate, including among underserved populations disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers.

 

Our Together managers are working in close partnership with our district social worker team. If you would like to make a referral or request services, please do so by contacting your building's administrator and/or school counselor so they can process the request through their building assistance team.

 


 

Kathy Burget (she/her)

Title: TOGETHER! Community Schools Manager
Location: Olympia High School 

Phone: (360) 596-7000

 

Kathy Burget is excited to join the TOGETHER! team at Olympia High School. Kathy graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2006, with her B.S. in Applied Development Psychology. Kathy has spent the last 10 years working in mental health with at-risk youth and their families. She is a passionate advocate for families and strives to empower individuals to become their best selves. Kathy enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends including her dog Rebel.

 


 

Areas of Support

When it comes to making sure kids get the supports they need to succeed in school and in life, we never give up. The Community Schools Initiative works to address the needs of the whole child by leveraging partners and resources in the following domains:

 

  • Basic Needs
  • Physical Health
  • Family Engagement
  • Enrichment
  • Community and Service Learning

 

Schools Served

Community Schools Case Managers are place-based in Community Resource Centers within the following Olympia schools:

 

Middle Schools

 

High Schools

 

Mobile Community Resource Centers

In a time of this global pandemic, our Community Schools team is mobile, working closely with students and families to remove barriers and meet basic needs.

 

How You Can Support Olympia Community Schools

To do this work, we count on support from our community. Donate to help us achieve our goals! To donate food or other key items, see our list below, check out our Olympia Community Schools Facebook page for updates on current top needs, or click here to donate funds to Olympia Community Schools.

 

Partners

 


 

Together Hands Graphic

 

Help Stock our Olympia Community Schools Resource Centers!

 

Middle Schools

 

High Schools

 

New Clothing

  • Safety: Masks, reusable water bottles
  • School Supplies: Ear buds, 5 subject notebooks, colored pencils, crayons,
    bookbags, journals
  • Bottoms: jeans, athletic pants, leggings, sweatpants, shorts
  • School Spirit Gear: t-shirts, hoodies, scarves, items in school colors
  • Undergarments: new underwear, bras, socks, undershirts

 

Food Items

  • Canned Food: fruits, vegetables, beans, soups, cooked meat,
  • Healthy Snacks: nuts, dried fruit, beef jerky, granola bars, crackers
  • Instant Meals: ramen, mac & cheese, noodle soups, oatmeal, tuna meals
  • Miscellaneous: pasta, pasta sauce, fresh fruit, string cheese, juice boxes

 

Hygiene Supplies

  • Hair Care: shampoo, conditioner
  • Body Care: body wash, soap, deodorant, facial cleansers
  • Dental Care: toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Menstrual Hygiene: pads, tampons, discreet bags to distribute them
  • Miscellaneous: travel sized baby wipes, diapers

 

Other Needs

  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Gift cards for gas
  • Groceries
  • Restaurant gift cards ($10-$25);
  • Pad locks & bike locks
  • Dish & laundry detergent

 

Contact Olympia Community Schools Director Michael Dennis at (360) 819-0277 with questions or to arrange to drop off at the TOGETHER! office (1520A Irving St. SW Tumwater), or at your local Community Resource Center site.

 

Community Schools reduces barriers to student & family success by integrating community resources with in-school support systems. For more information visit WATogether.org.