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Building Trust with Its Families and Students

CIS of Marietta/Cobb County
Community and Service Learning

All In For Students Award Recipient 2016: The annual award is presented to the schools that are able to challenge students academically, knowing that students’ non-academic needs are being met through organizations such as CIS.

Roadblocks, police checking legal documentation, parents being put into custody – this was the scene outside Osborne High School in Marietta, Ga., one parent night several years ago. Osborne has a high number of Spanish-language families, and law enforcement’s surprise roadblock led to many of them losing trust in Osborne.

When CIS of Marietta/Cobb County started serving Osborne four years ago, the nonprofit and school administration made increasing parent trust and involvement their first priority. An equally high priority was making sure students had access to basic needs, such as having enough food to eat. To address both of these obstacles, CIS of Marietta/Cobb County partnered with Osborne and another local nonprofit to open the Osborne Food Pantry. Run by Osborne’s students, the pantry provides bags of foods to its students and families. The whole community has come together to ensure the success of the pantry, with more than 500 students collecting hundreds of food items for the families of Osborne.

As a result of the combined efforts of Osborne and CIS of Marietta/Cobb County, the school can boast that 230 students and their families participated in events at Osborne, proof that the community had come back to rally behind Osborne and its students.

- January 2016

In Georgia