Category Archives: Spotlight

After School Programs and Opportunities Kick Off


Starship Academy

September 6 @ 8:00 am9:00 pm

Boys and Girls Club After School Program

September 6 @ 2:30 pm7:00 pm

Video Game Academy

September 6 @ 3:30 pm5:15 pm

Dance Classes at Charisma

September 6 @ 4:00 pm8:35 pm

Dance at WCB

September 6 @ 4:30 pm8:30 pm

Open Gaming for Teens

September 7 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm


September 9 @ 3:15 pm5:30 pm

Family Game Night

September 9 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

New Hope Movie Night

September 9 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm

All Ages Show at the Science Dome

September 9 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Teen Late Nite

September 9 @ 9:30 pm11:30 pm

Mann Middle School Students Spread Kindness through Community Service

Kindness PosterThis past spring, a group of 50 sixth grade students at Mann Middle School created projects that spread kindness to every inch of their school. They made a positive impact on their community, all while learning about civic engagement and citizenship.

The projects began when two Frontline Families AmeriCorps members, Angela Collins and Katie Bianco, were invited to Mann Middle School. Ms. Collins and Ms. Bianco serve at RP/6, a local veteran support organization, and they were looking to engage students at a military impacted school in the community.

Administrators at the school warmly welcomed the opportunity. A sixth grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Nokes, was particularly excited to get her students involved. Ms. Collins and Ms. Bianco partnered with Mrs. Nokes to teach her students lessons about social responsibility and community service. Throughout the lessons, students learned how to conduct a community needs assessment, define project goals and ways of achieving those goals, design the components of a community service project, and recruit and recognize project volunteers.

While brainstorming ideas for their project’s goals, the students all decided to focus on making Mann Middle School a kinder place. They quickly got to work and designed three different projects, all of which were successfully completed.

First, the students made a large poster that asked, “How can you make MMS a kinder place?” The poster was hung near the cafeteria, where every student in the school could participate by writing down their own thoughts. Students shared diverse and wonderful ideas, from “I will say hi to everyone I see,” and “I will follow the rules,” to “I will respect everyone with my heart and help everyone who is having a hard time.”

Second, the students created a school-wide kindness competition. They made Bingo cards in which each square contained a random act of kindness that could be completed throughout the school day.  The students came up with the random acts of kindness, including “clean up after yourself,” “thank an adult at school for something they do,” “cheer someone up with a funny joke,” “share a smile,” and “sit with someone new at lunch”.

The students’ third project was their Appreciation Station. Each Thursday, with the support of adult volunteers, a table was set up during each lunch period. At the table, students had the opportunity to write anonymous Kindness Cards to fellow students, staff, and faculty at Mann Middle School. The adult volunteers then sorted the notes and, with the generous support of staff and faculty, they were delivered. By the end of the project, students had written more than 1,300 anonymous notes of kindness to members of their school community.

Mrs. Nokes’ sixth grade students went above and beyond, and faculty, staff, and administrators alike shared positive comments about the great impact that their projects had on the school’s environment. But, as these sixth graders would say, it’s not hard to “throw kindness around like confetti”!

Shift at the Farmers Market

Lakewood Farmers Market-v1-2013-color-300dpiThis year, again, Promise has a presence at the Lakewood Farmers Market – Tuesdays from 10 to 3.  Partners can staff the Promise tent and run the scavenger hunt while promoting the good things you do.

  1. Please bring prizes for the kids that complete the scavenger hunt
  2. Arrive at 9 am to help set up the scavenger hunt.
  3. Have fun

Here are those signed up already…

August 23
Exceptional Families Network / Special Families of Puget Sound
August 30
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
August 2
Exceptional Families Network / Special Families of Puget Sound
July 26
Lakewood's CHOICE
June 28, July 12, July 19
Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children

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June 7June 14June 21June 28July 5July 12July 19July 26August 2August 9August 16August 23August 30September 6September 13