This year, Communities In Schools of Tacoma created the LA Service Project Award. This award was designed to engage students in various community service opportunities throughout their time at Mount Tahoma high school. The primary goal of this award is to empower youth to invest in their local community, learn new trades and teamwork skills. Through this award, we hope to build the CSL culture among our T-Bird family.

This award was inspired by a local philanthropist and CIS family member, Lori Ann Reeder. Lori Ann and her husband, Brian Reeder, serve on the Pierce County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and sponsor Communities In Schools of Tacoma CSL projects.

Lori Ann presented this award with a $200 scholarship on Mount Tahoma’s Senior Awards Night. Carmen Solis was the first recipient of this award. Carmen was nominated for her active involvement in numerous CSL projects throughout the year and her willingness to go out of her way to help others.

Carmen plans to joined the armed forces after graduation on June 10, 2016 at the Tacoma Dome. Carmen is excited to follow a career path that will allow her to continue to serve.