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Intense Student Support Network

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.

Blair Elementary School

  • 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
  • Knitted gloves kids sizes
  • Snow pants
  • T-shirts for girls and boys

Central Grade School

  • Underwear (XS, S and M sizes - nothing bigger than size 8)
  • Recess equipment like TH - cornhole, balls for all sports, jump ropes, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, etc.
  • Paper cups
  • Girl's coats size 6
  • Boy's pants (joggers/athletic pants) sizes 4-8
  • Girl's pants (joggers/leggings) sizes 4-7
  • Boy's long-sleeve shirts size 8/10
  • Boy's snow pants - size 4/5 and 10/12
  • Girl's snow boots sizes 12,13,1

Traverse Heights Elementary School

  • In need of recess equipment, With the division of the playground, some areas have no equipment to play on, so the kids need activities to do: volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and kickballs. They also added snow art spray kits for when the snow falls.

Donate Directly to the Intense Student Support Network

The best way to support our students is through online financial donations 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.This way we can use those funds to buy masks, online gift cards for groceries or other needs for families. Depending on the situation, we can also help with electric bills or other financial burdens that families may be experiencing; burdens that would increase barriers to student learning.

If your situation is unique and you would like to speak to our Partner In Education Coordinator, please contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 or

If you are able to purchase any of the below items (new items only) or for more information, please contact Karyn Hertel

  • Financial donations to support masks, unpaid lunch accounts, extended day child care, clothing needs, eyeglasses, etc. 
  • Gift cards - Meijer, Target, Walmart, Sam's Club, etc. 
  • $5 Gas cards
  • $5 Gift cards to fast food restaurants
  • Water Bottles and Bottled Water
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (male and female)
  • Bodywash (male and female)
  • Deodorant/Antiperspirant (male and female)
  • All school supplies
  • Snacks - Please be sure to avoid anything with peanuts.
    - goldfish crackers
    - pretzels
    - applesauce
    - fruit cups (not in syrup)
    - graham crackers
    - whole grain crackers
    - dried fruits, raisins
    - sunflower seeds
    - sugar free pudding
    - 100 calorie snack bags
    - low sugar juice boxes

Pub Fosterhjem: A child has nothing to eat at school video graphic

Watch the Video DocumentYouTube video (above) titled "Pub Fostehjem: A child has nothing to eat at school." The goal of the Intense Student Support Network is to remove these types of barriers for students to be able to fully engage in their education and be successful in school and in life.

For more information about the Intense Student Support Network or how you can help, please contact Partner in Education Coordinator Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790. Please leave a message and she will return your call as soon as possible.