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What We're Reading This Week

By Anya Alexander May 1, 2015

Communities In Schools provides a safety net for students, breaking down the barriers to learning and helping them stay in school. And this is made possible through the generous support and resources of the community.

This week we’re reading about the importance of community service and how leaders are transforming lives and making a difference in their communities. 

In Mister Knight’s neighborhood, students at Cody High School in Detroit know they can turn to Coach Jimmie Knight for help. This week, the Communities In Schools of Metro Detroit Site Coordinator was featured in a special Michigan Radio interview where he describes his journey to help kids stay on track to graduate. Known as “the king of second changes, Knight has helped convince students that staying in school is the right thing to do. Students say they've heard that from a lot of people, but the message resonated with them when coming from Coach Knight.” Listen to the documentary here.

As a reading mentor for Communities In Schools of Peninsula in Washington, Carolyn Forseth spends time after school every week at Artondale Elementary. Peninsula Gateway reports she has received two varsity letters for her volunteer work, which has totaled more than 400 hours during high school. She said she loves the bonds she creates with her students. Read the full story here.

In West Virginia, the Mountain Messenger reports, student and teachers at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School in demonstrated their community spirit by filling their local food bank with donations. With the help of Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County, a total of 4,384 items were added to book bags already filled with textbooks and notebooks and carried to school by the kindhearted students. The contributions were distributed to food banks in White Sulphur Springs, Ronceverte, Lewisburg, Williamsburg and Renick. Read more.

Recently, Communities In Schools of Mid-America at Dodge City High School in Kansas hosted its first Glitz &Gowns drive to collect prom dresses for girls in need. Over 70 dresses were donated from community members. According to site coordinator, Blanca Soto, the project was extremely successful and helped many girls who may not otherwise be able to attend prom, find a dress.