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Look to the Communities In Schools blog for our latest news, industry research and insights, and updates on the success of our graduates and communities.

Where There is Love, There is Communities In Schools

Feb. 22, 2021

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Across the country, many communities are experiencing stress as the COVID-19 pandemic and winter snowstorms keep schools virtual, hybrid, or socially distanced. This February, Communities In Schools (CISTM) affiliates are boosting the social emotional well-being of our teachers, students, and families by showing them appreciation and kindness. Whether it is through a kindness campaign, Valentine’s Day gifts, food pantries or providing a safe space to share feelings, we are committed to supporting our students beyond the classroom.

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Black History Month: Supporting Students Impacted by Incarceration

By  Julia Flynn Feb. 16, 2021

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Many African American children face barriers when aspiring to receive an education that will improve their opportunities and life outcomes. One of the main challenges they face is the carceral system: incarceration has disproportionately harmed Black students, families, and communities over time.

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CIS Strategic Plan Refresh

By  Rey Saldaña Feb. 2, 2021

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The U.S. public education system is not built to meet the needs of all students. Unfortunately, this is not a new, or even particularly controversial, conclusion. For some time now, the evidence has been clear enough and visible enough for any reasonable person to see the reality; K-12 public education has systemic flaws with tragic consequences for the lives of Black, Brown, Indigenous students, and for students living in poverty. In fact, more than 40 years ago, it’s why Communities in Schools was founded.

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New Year, Same Priorities

Jan. 19, 2021

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As we enter a new year and wrap up the holiday season, Communities In Schools (CISTM) affiliates across the country are continuing to provide students and families with what they need. Not only are we providing school supplies, but we are also supporting students with new learning spaces, food, and words of encouragement.

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Reconnecting With Students, Reengaging Them in Learning

Oct. 21, 2020

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Millions of students, especially Black and Brown children in the communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis, job loss, and the nation’s racial reckoning, have been feeling disconnected and distressed as schools reopened this fall in what was a “historically chaotic” school year.

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Wherever They Are, Whatever It Takes We’re All In For Kids

Sept. 25, 2020

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This fall, Communities In Schools® (CIS) is working in schools and beyond the classroom to ensure all students have the same opportunity to succeed, whether they are learning at school or at home. CIS affiliates across the country are reengaging with students and connecting them with local resources to ensure that their basic physical, social, emotional, and educational needs are met.

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All Summer Long, We’ve Been All In For Kids

Aug. 7, 2020

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Schools are the heart of every community. When they closed, it disrupted student learning and cut kids off from basic supports like meals, clothing, housing assistance, and medical care. It also separated students from the caring adults inside schools who supported their emotional well-being. Now as schools begin to reopen – whether in person or virtual – we’ll still be there, by their side, helping them realize their full potential.

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