Service to PA Schools

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Some of the FPC volunteers who helped Hamilton Elementary School receive the Washington State Achievement Award.

We have completed another year of providing support to the students and staff of the Port Angeles Schools.  Even though our main focus continues to be Hamilton Elementary, we have tutors at all the elementary schools with a significant number at Roosevelt and Jefferson.  Our primary focus continues to be in two areas:
            First is providing twice monthly baked cookies to the staffs at Hamilton, Jefferson and Roosevelt.  Marilyn Mattie continues to do a great job of coordinating this much appreciated gift.  Cynthia Isenberger also makes cookies available to Lincoln School.  This is a consistent reminder to the staffs of how much we appreciate their hard work. 
            Our second area is providing tutoring and support in the classrooms.  Our classroom volunteers do a variety of  jobs.  The main focus is one-on-one tutoring with children as directed by the teacher.  Some volunteers are an extra pair of hands to help with activities.  Other volunteers support the teachers by filing, copying or any paperwork needs they have.
            Even though we lost a few volunteers, we welcomed in 8 new tutors this year.  How exciting is that!  We now have 36 working in the schools.  We also have four volunteers who can’t be in the classroom weekly, but help when needs arise for special classroom projects.  Last spring they assisted Dan Cobb with a kindergarten music performance and Marilyn Mattie with a Japanese Enrichment program for 1st-3rd grade at Jefferson.

TAFY- The Answer For Youth

The Answer For Youth is a drop in center that serves homeless and at risk teens and disadvantaged young adults. They have been open 5 years now. TAFY was founded with Christian principles, and the founders frequently find opportunities to share their faith with the clients. They believe in a very personal ministry with the youth. In the 5 years they have been open, they have gone from around 5 youths a night to up to 70 at times! They serve hot food, have a washer and dryer, a shower, full clothes closet, and offer a variety of classes.

For 4 years now, they have been cultivating an organic garden, so one of the classes is on cooking the food from the garden! They offer help with medical expenses like prescriptions, eye glasses and first aid. They provide celebrations for holidays, baby showers and birthdays. They are located at 711 E 2nd Street.

Port Angeles Food Bank Drive

The Mission Committee of the Session is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the PA Food Bank in the month of August.  So, put aside non-perishable items to bring in August. More info to come.