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What We're Reading

By Anya Alexander Oct. 23, 2015

The work of Communities In Schools is often strengthened by the financial support of organizations and individuals who have a vested interest in improving the state of education. This week, we’re reading about the generous contributions made by community partners that help our affiliates provide critical wraparound services to students in need. 

Recently, DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced two new grants to support the expansion of the community schools model in Washington, DC. Under this grant, Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital will partner with J.O. Wilson Elementary School to provide tutoring, mentoring and career exploration for students as well as basic needs including emergency groceries and uniforms for families. Click here to read the full story.

In North Carolina, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County received a grant from Landfall Foundation to support its Action for Success Program, which provides students with one-on-one support and educational assistance to help remove the barriers to learning. The grant will also expand the academic tutoring and professional counseling services provided by CIS in South Brunswick Middle School. Continue reading.

The Mint Hill Times reports Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg recently received a grant from Wells Fargo Community Connection in recognition for its work in empowering every child to achieve its greatest potential. “We are so honored to recognize CIS for the amazing work they do in our community,” said Olga Pichardo, store manager for Wells Fargo’s Mint Hill store. CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg currently provides services to more than 6,500 students annually in grades PK-12 in selected Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

On our website, read more about National Bullying Prevention Month and learn how a Communities In Schools of Atlanta student found her voice to stand up to school bullies. Click here.

And from our blog, a terrific interview with a leading expert in education to gain more insight about the early signs of bullying. Deborah Temkin, co-author of a recent Child Trends report titled, Bullies in the Block Area: The Early Childhood Origins of ‘Mean’ Behavior, talks to us about risk factors, redirection – and the surprising role of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Read more here


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