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When Families are Supported, Students Thrive

CIS of Central Texas

By partnering with Communities In Schools of Central Texas, Principal Walls has connected her students to a fund for families in crisis, food, mentoring, hygiene and school supplies, and initiatives such as an anti-bullying campaign.

Chapa Middle School in Kyle, Texas—a suburb of Austin—serves a majority economically disadvantaged, majority Hispanic population. 40% of Chapa Middle students are classified as at risk of dropping out, and need basics like food, and personal hygiene and school supplies. Principal Lisa Walls knows that when parents are supported and families’ needs are met, students thrive. “Especially in middle school, as children test boundaries and push adults away, we need parents to be involved, to know the teachers, to come to school events, and to support their students emotionally and academically,” she says.  

Though her Family Recipe for Success events, Principal Walls ensures that parents are engaged with the school, creating an atmosphere of safety and support for students. Communities In Schools of Central Texas and Principal Walls agree: when a students feel supported and safe throughout the school day, they are more likely to attend. Chapa Middle, once home to some of the lowest attendance rates in the district, has decreased its chronic absenteeism rate under Ms. Walls.  

By partnering with Communities In Schools of Central Texas, Principal Walls has connected her students to a fund for families in crisis, food, mentoring, hygiene and school supplies, and initiatives such as an anti-bullying campaign. She works closely with Chapa Middle’s CIS site coordinator to create a positive school environment for not only her students, but their families. 

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