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Academic Booster Club of Puyallup

The Academic Booster Club of Puyallup got its start as a community of families who joined together to support the needs of highly capable children in the Puyallup School District. Highly Capable students needed someone to advocate for them, and someone to help provide supplemental educational materials that schools could not afford, but that were necessary for them to meet their distinctive intellectual needs. ABC has also been there to support teachers and administrators as they pursue professional development training to better serve highly capable children. We were there when the QUEST Program for Academic Excellence was born, and will continue to support QUEST as it evolves to meet the needs of our children. We worked with the school district on behalf of our children to expand their highly capable offerings from elementary school only to including Junior High Schools in the PAGE program. We will continue to work with the District to help find the best solutions for all its children.

A partial list of what ABC does:

  • Showcases Puyallup’s highly capable programs
  • Supports funding for gifted education at the district, state, and national levels
  • Advocates for academic excellence at the junior and senior high levels
  • Sponsors family activities
  • Provides scholarships for graduating seniors and summer enrichment programs
  • Supports the professional development of educators for highly capable students at the elementary and secondary level
  • Funds educational experiences for QUEST and PAGE students
  • Purchases classroom materials and technology for the QUEST and PAGE programs

As we’ve worked with parents in Puyallup, and across Washington State, we’ve found that families across the state are facing the same issues when it comes to finding an appropriate education for our highly capable children. We’ve also found that many parents feel isolated, and are looking for ways to exchange information with other parents in their districts, and other parent groups in the State and across the country. This website is our way of sharing our successes and our challenges with the community. Everyone interested in the needs of highly capable children is welcome to join and participate.

ABC Board of Directors

2017-18 Board of Directors and Representatives

Jessica Hardin -- Co-President
Melanie Fuemmeler -- Co-President

Andrea Evans -- Vice President

Melanie Fuemmeler -- Treasurer

Brandy Watson -- Secretary

Nancy Velazquez -- Program Coordinator

Wendy Grilley -- Family Events

OPEN -- Fundraising

Lyndsay Miles -- Newsletter

OPEN -- Membership

Heika Tait -- Lead Liaison

Jennifer Beck -- Teacher Representative

Amy Prezbindowski -- Secondary Representative

Katie Green -- Social Media

OPEN -- Volunteer Coordinator

Amy Prezbindowski -- Legislative Represenative

News & Announcements

January ABC Board Meeting

  • Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Jr. High Portable #4

    Join us for the first ABC Board Meeting of 2018!

    Monday, January8th
    6:30 -…

ABC December Board Meeting

  • Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Junior High Portable #4

    Please join us for our monthly board meeting.

    All members are welcome.
    If you…

Gingerbread House Night

  • Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Junior High Commons


ABC November Board Meeting

  • Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Junior High Portable #4

    Join us for our November board meeting.

Understanding the Highly Capable Child Presentation

  • Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Kalles Junior High Commons

    Mark your calendars for this fascinating presentation!

    For parents, educators,…

ABC October Board Meeting

  • Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Junior High Portable #4

    All ABC members are welcome to join us for our October 2017 Board Meeting.  We are meeting at…

Ice Cream Social

  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Junior High Commons

    Join us for the ABC Ice Cream Social!

    Free Ice Cream!  Lots…

ABC September Board Meeting

  • Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ferrucci Junior High Portable #4

    All ABC members are welcome to join us for our September 2017 Board Meeting.  We are meeting at…

ABC Summer Family Event

  • Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 10am - 2pm
    Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

    Join us at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge this summer.

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ABC Events

December 2017
Monday 4th
6:30pm ABC December Board Meeting
January 2018
Monday 8th
6:30pm January ABC Board Meeting
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