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What We're Reading

By Steve Majors May 27, 2016

Communities In Schools and its successful students, graduates and alumni are being celebrated across the country. That’s the focus of this week’s What We’re Reading. 

In Georgia, Communities In Schools of Atlanta recently held its annual Choose Success Award Dinner and celebrated two of its co-founders – Neil Shorthouse and Bill Milliken, and two of its strongest backers – real estate leader George Johnson and philanthropist Anne Cox Chambers. George Johnson was honored for his longtime support of the organization and Anne Cox Chambers was honored for being a generous donor to the organization for decades. The event raised more than $530,000 for the students served by CIS of Atlanta. Read more.

Communities In Schools of Kent is celebrating its 25th anniversary serving students in the Kent School District. Read more about their successful work to help at-risk youth overcome barriers.

The effort to help students in Pennsylvania is also being recognized.  CIS of Pennsylvania leader Ryan Riley was featured in this story about his organization’s work to keep kids in school and on the path to graduation.   

An Ottawa, Kansas student served by Communities In Schools has been featured in a new Glamour documentary. Kylee Bishop talks about her experience in the spotlight and how her site coordinator, Cassie Myers, helped make that happen. Here’s her story.

A student served by CIS in West Columbia, Texas recently shared his story of how his site coordinator helped him overcome tragedy in his life. In spite of the setbacks in his life, he’s now prepared to celebrate his high school graduation.

And finally, CIS Alum and San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldaña, is receiving some deserved attention for his work in giving back to his community and to first generation Latino students. Saldaña was recently profiled in NBC News Latino for his work on behalf of the CIS Alumni Leadership Network – the professional and personal leadership development group for CIS alumni all across the country designed to help support them as they graduate from high school and navigate college and career.