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Partner In Education

What is the Intense Student Support Network (ISSN)?

  • The ISSN provides tools for staff to effectively nurture and support students whose non-academic needs may create obstacles to high achievement.

Why is ISSN necessary?

  • Nearly 40% of area families qualify for free and reduced meals.
  • Students whose basic needs have not been met may not be ready to learn when they enter the classroom.

How does the ISSN help?

  • Offers immediate resolution to a barrier to learning
  • Improves student achievement
  • Relieves stress on staff

How does the ISSN work?

  • A school social worker, teacher or administrator identifies a student's need and completes a form to describe the need and urgency level.
  • The district Partner In Education Coordinator monitors and works to fulfill requests via a human service agency, community business, independent donor or directly from funds raised specifically to support the ISSN.

What would my donation support?

  • In the 2019-2020 school year, $21,073 was donated to the ISSN to support students in need.
  • Needs fulfilled included: school supplies, winter wear, shoes, clothing, bunk beds, band fees, food service assistance, grocery store gift cards, BATA passes, school photos, water bottles, snacks, toiletries, noise-canceling headphones, and more.

How do I make a monetary donation?

  • Visit or click on the red donate button on the home page of any TCAPS school's website.
  • Complete the form. In the program description section, designate "ISSN" or any other program of your choosing.
  • To make an online donation by credit card, you will be taken to PayPal once you hit submit on your donation form. Follow the PayPal instructions.
  • To donate by check, make payable to TCAPS, write "ISSN donation" in the memo line on your check, and mail to: TCAPS, Attn: Karyn Hertel, 412 Webster St., Traverse City 49686.

PDF DocumentDownload the ISSN information flier to share with your friends.

Ongoing Needs - District Wide

  • Books - Before making any book donations please contact Stephie Luyt at to be sure that we do not already have it in our libraries. 
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Dry erase markers
  • Water bottles
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Pencils - MANY requests at secondary schools
  • Pens
  • Notebooks - single subject

Snacks - District Wide (Please be sure to avoid anything with peanuts.)

  • goldfish crackers
  • pretzels
  • applesauce
  • fruit cups (not in syrup)
  • graham crackers
  • whole grain crackers
  • dried fruits
  • sunflower seeds
  • sugar free pudding
  • 100 calorie snack bags
  • water bottles
  • low sugar/sugar free juice boxes/pouches

Blair Elementary School

  • Water bottles
  • Paper cups
  • Junior-sized masks (fabric and disposable)
  • Girls leggings (S,M,L)
  • Boys athletic pants
  • Yoga mats
  • Large kids waterproof snow gloves
  • Addition and subtraction flash cards
  • Multiplication flash cards
  • Thick pencils for beginners (kindergarten and first grade)
  • Band-Aids

Central Grade School

  • Underwear (XS, S and M sizes - nothing bigger than size 8)


Donate Directly to the Intense Student Support Network

  • One other way individuals can make a donation this holiday season is by giving directly to the ISSN via the district's donate webpage at All of those funds are used strictly for student support and are available for schools and school social workers to use as a resource when helping to remove non-academic barriers to student learning.

Thank you so much for thinking of others, especially at this time. We truly appreciate it! Questions? Contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 or

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