This week, we’re reading about some amazing students who have overcome obstacles to graduate.
Three years ago, Korey Thomas wasn’t passing his classes. Now he’s a graduate of Henry County High School thanks to the support of Communities In Schools of Henry County and his graduation coach, David Harvey
“If I didn’t have someone like him to keep me on track, I wouldn’t be where I am right now at all,” Thomas says.
Georgia Public Radio shares his story.
Christian Brister has survived a hurricane and homelessness. Brister and her family left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. But in their new hometown of Charlotte, they struggled financially and were forced to move into a series of shelters and motels.
“I don't think I ever got depressed,” she said, “but I was always stressed.”
School became her sanctuary and Jamali Kinard, a site coordinator at CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg helped her deal with that stress.
Now, her family is back in a stable home and Christian is graduating and making plans to starts classes at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.
Read more about her journey here.
TJ had many obstacles to overcome throughout the past few years, but with the help of Mr. Jean Rebecca, a site coordinator at CIS of Charleston, he’s managed to turn everything around. He is now an exemplary student, captain of the basketball team and will be attending a military college. TJ recently created a video to share his success story. You can watch it here.
Finally, Latino students served by CIS affiliates across the country are being honored by NBCNews.com. Their efforts to overcome barriers in their lives and make it to graduation are showcased in this online gallery.