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By Anya Alexander April 15, 2016

This week we’re reading about two outstanding students who are giving back to their local communities.

Several years later, a student once helped by Communities In Schools returns to help other students stay in school. Thi Nguye, now 23, is finishing up her first year as project manager for Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County. Her story was recently featured in the  Dallas Morning News online:  

Thi felt constant pressure from her parents to be perfect in school. She was the second of five children of immigrant Vietnamese parents. They lived in Section 8 housing and had little money. All the children had to share one bicycle. Although she earned straight A’s at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, she said she had lots of issues emotionally. She found out about a “club” that offered snacks. That club was Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County, a nonprofit that helps at-risk students stay in school. She met a social worker from the nonprofit who changed her life.

Nguyen ended up graduating as valedictorian. She received a full ride to Texas Christian University as a Community Scholar. See full story here.

In Washington, a Puyallup High School senior Elizabeth Luong was recently honored as Communities In Schools of Puyallup’s 2016 Student Citizen of the Year. According to the News Tribune article, Luong started volunteering with Communities In Schools of Puyallup four years ago.

“She was a very well-deserving candidate,” said Jan Mauk, Communities In Schools of Puyallup’s executive director.

The now-senior at Puyallup High School is on the March Gladness Student Leadership team, volunteers as a math tutor, and is active in Key Club at PHS. In addition, she’s active in the school’s health occupations student association, on the swim and water polo teams, involved in martial arts, and she recently started working at the Puyallup pool. Read more