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Summer Resources

Welcome to summer! Below is a list of resources available to our families in Orting and Pierce County. 

Orting School District Summer Hours

While schools will be closed all summer, our district will be open while operating on a modified schedule starting Friday, July 12. All buildings are closed for Independence Day (July 4-5), Labor Day (Sept. 2), and every Friday until August 2.

Orting Food Bank Summer Meals Program

This program is for all children 18 years old and younger. Children must be present to receive lunch.

Healthy sack lunches will be served every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Orting City Park BBQ area. The program will run from June 24 to August 30. The food bank will be closed July 4. Visit the Orting Food Bank website for additional information.

In addition, for our high school students looking for volunteer hours, this is a great opportunity to earn those hours and help out our community and families! Please text the Director of the Orting Food Bank, Robin Hash, at 360-932-5419 to schedule the days you are able to help!

Washington State SUN Bucks Program

SUN Bucks is a new food benefit available to an estimated 550,000 children in Washington state. Families with eligible school-aged children will get $120 per child to buy groceries during the summer, while free and reduced-price meals aren’t available in schools.  

How to enroll in SUN Bucks

Most children will be automatically enrolled without having to apply if, between July 1, 2023, and Aug. 31, 2024, they were:

  1. Enrolled at a school that offers the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program AND individually approved for free or reduced-price meals at school OR
  2. Age 8-18 and a member of a household that receives benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or State-Funded Assistance.

Visit the Washington SUN Bucks website to learn more.

Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program

Participate in the Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program through August and look forward to a summer of discovery and connection. Read or listen to books, attend free events, and enjoy everything that the library has to offer for all ages, including elementary, middle school, and high school students and their families. Visit the Orting Pierce County Library to get started today! Click here to learn more.

Orting Recreation Summer Day Camp

Orting Recreation Summer Day Camp program has tons of fun in store for kids this summer! The program will include The Zaniac's Science Show on August 5 and Reptile Man on August 12. For full details about the program and to register, visit their website. There are full week and single-day options as well. Scroll through their website to see other fun summer activities right here in Orting!

Pierce County Camps and Clinics

The Pierce County camps are designed to give kids a break from school and help them try new experiences and grow mentally, physically, and socially. They offer camps to help your child refine a sports skill, explore the outdoors, and learn science and engineering, all while having fun and making new friends. Click here to learn more and register today!

Wellbeing Resources

When schools are closed during the summer, families may still access a variety of resources on a range of topics on our website.

Resources for imminent crisis:

  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call 988
  • Pierce County Crisis Line: Call 1-800-576-7764 or text 741741 and enter HELP or HELLO

Summer Vaccine Clinic

All school required vaccines will be provided for ages 5 - 18 and some adult vaccines on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Orting Middle School (111 Whitehawk Blvd NW, Orting WA, 98360). COVID and Flu vaccines will depend upon availability. This event is provided by Acts Pharmacy and supported by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. 

Registration is recommended but not required. Click here to register today!

Primary Election in August: Register to Vote Now!

The primary election is on Aug. 6. We encourage those eligible to register to vote beforehand. The Pierce County Elections Office will mail ballots on July 19. View the election-at-a-glance, ways to register to vote, and drop box locations

Looking Ahead: 2024-25 Key Dates

We appreciate the advance planning families do to prepare for the upcoming school year. Here's a list of key dates for 2024-25. 

  • Sept. 3 (grades 1-12)
  • Sept. 6 (kindergarten and preschool)

We hope you enjoy your summer and see you back in September for the first day of school!


Posted 6/19/2024