Our Mission

To promote literacy by supporting educational programs for children and adults in the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula area.

2016 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients from the Proceeds of the 2015 Tour

Grant Recipients from the Proceeds of the 2014 Tour

Communities in Schools Award Presentation: left to right Colleen Speer, Karen Beck, Dick Vanberg, Kathy Davis-Hayfield, Janice Reeder, Pat Lantz, Laurie Dahl Isacson and Esther Elickson

Discovery Elementary School Award  Presentation: left to right Gretchen Ganty, Missi Dewalt, Donna Squires, David Brooks, Janice Reeder, Esther Elickson and Laurie Dahl Isacson

Evergreen Elementary Award Presentation: left to right Janice Reeder, Terese Souers, Laurie Dahl Isacson and Hugh Maxwell

Key Peninsula Cooperative Preschool Award Presentation: back row left to right Laurie Dahl Isacson, Janice Reeder, Mary Tyler, Amanda Warfield with children, left to right, Ben, Julia and Mason

Reach Out and Read Award Presentation: left to right Esther Elickson, Pat Lantz, Jan Reeder, Dr. Inka Lavinder, Crystal Milhoune and Laurie Dahl Isacson

Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor Campus Award Presentation: left to right Bill Ryberg, Janice Reeder, Janine Mott, Kim Peterson, Leigh Sutherland and Don Dennis

Literacy Programs Supported

Communities in Schools

The “Making a Difference” video is a collection of viewpoints, featuring Communities In Schools President Daniel Cardinali, students, and site coordinators from the network.  CISP is highlighted with a small excerpt from Colleen Spear, a few words from Hailey (one of our Vaughn Elementary students), and shots of CISP Site Coordinator Linda Shelley.



Reach Out and Read

The "Reach Out and Read" program was featured on Nightly News with Brian Williams in late October, 2011.  The program was featured in their "Making a Difference"  section. The "Reach out and Read" program gives out books at Pediactics Northwest in their Gig Harbor location. Madigan Hospital on Joint Base Lewis / McChord also uses the program.

Grants from the profits from the 2013 Gig Harbor Garden Tour and Dig the Gig, Plant a Seed to Read Auction & Dinner went to Communities In Schools of Peninsula, Boys & Girls Club of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor branch of Pierce County Library, Reach Out and Read (Pediatrics Northwest) and Reading is Fundamental-Evergreen Elementary.

Above: Colleen Speer, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Peninsula, receives a $10,000 GHGTA grant from Mark Ritchey, Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association (GHGTA) board member.

Above: Heidi Gerling, Program Director of the Cheney Family Branch of Boys and Girls Club, receives a $3,000 GHGTA grant from Craig Russell, GHGTA board member.

Above: Pierce County Library Foundation receives a $12,200 GHGTA grant. Pictured from left to right: Esther Ellickson and Kathie Wheeler GHGT committee co-chairs; Pat Lantz, GHGTA board member; Holly Smith, Youth Services Librarian; Joy Kim, Gig Harbor Branch Manager; and Julie Kramer, Development Associate of the Library Foundation.

Above: Emily Jeffrey, RN with Pediatrics Northwest, Reach Out and Read Fundraising Chairperson, receives a $5,000 GHGTA grant from Craig Russell, GHGTA board member.

Above: From left to right: Betty McCord, Reading is Fundamental volunteer receives a $1,500 GHGTA grant from Lori Bonvicini, GHGTA committee member, along with Hugh Maxwell, Evergreen Elementary School Principal.

GHGTA Grants in Action

In April 2014 GHGT committee members read grant-provided books to Evergreen Elementary students.

Our mission is to provide annually a quality garden tour to promote literacy for children and adults on the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula. 

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P.O. Box 1328
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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