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Huntington’s 13th Annual Backpack Index Spotlights the Role of Technology in Rising Back-to-School Costs

July 18, 2019 Press

The 13th annual Huntington (Nasdaq: HBAN; www.huntington.com) Backpack Index, a barometer for household spending on school supplies and related fees, reports a significant increase in costs for American families with children attending elementary, middle and high school. Developed in collaboration with Communities In Schools, a national nonprofit supporting at-risk students in K-12 public schools, the 2019 Huntington Backpack Index features an updated methodology reflecting the increased reliance on connected devices for completing school work.

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Carmen Ortiz-McGhee of NAIC Joins CIS National Board of Directors 

May 3, 2019 News

Communities In Schools, the largest national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future, welcomed Carmen Ortiz-McGhee to its National Board of Directors today.  Ms. Ortiz-McGhee is Executive Vice President of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC).

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New Gallup Poll Reveals More Than Half of Americans Believe Teachers Are Not Being Adequately Prepared to Handle Classroom Discipline

May 1, 2019 Press

A new Gallup survey, commissioned by Communities In Schools, reveals that more than half of adults surveyed said teachers are not being prepared to effectively handle discipline issues in the classroom. Almost 30 percent of respondents said they were concerned that unsafe school or classroom environments would result from poorly handled discipline issues and 20 percent cited the disruption of learning as their top concern.

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Shaw & Erquiaga: Charlotte Is Investing in Social Capital to Help Students Move Up the Economic Ladder. Other Cities Should Follow Suit

March 26, 2019 News

On a recent evening in Charlotte, North Carolina, 10 high school students from low-income backgrounds met with top executives of the Albemarle Corp., a global specialty chemicals company. The teens were there to meet role models, learn about building a successful career and give the execs advice about how Albemarle could improve its business.

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Nearly 4 Million Investment Will Expand Student-Centered Learning

March 19, 2019 Press

Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools and StriveTogether today announced four communities across the country will receive a combined $3.75 million to implement student-centered blueprints for learning. Through the Together for Students initiative, these grants will transform how entire communities support student-centered learning by funding a more integrated, intentional system for meeting the unique needs of every child. The collective goal is to showcase how collaborative decision making among families, educators and partners can create better outcomes for nearly 100,000 youth.

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Watch: Milliken Fellow Fredrick Bailey Featured by AbbVie

March 14, 2019 News

With a focus on removing barriers for students at risk of dropping out, CIS will soon be able to serve about 70,000 additional students in more schools across the United States after receiving a $30 million donation from AbbVie. This is the largest donation in Communities In Schools’ 40-year history.  

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New Mosaic Art Exhibit Asks Us to Look Closer and Listen Harder to Find the Story Within Every Student

Jan. 15, 2019 Press

A new art exhibit hosted by Communities In Schools (CIS) at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C., will ask audiences to look closer and listen harder to our nation’s students who are thriving in the face of significant challenges ranging from school violence to problems at home to hunger. Showcasing the work of renowned pop artist, Jason Mecier, the display will feature seven powerful mosaic portraits of students from across the country. Each piece is assembled with objects from the student’s life to represent who they are as individuals as well as the supports that helped them succeed.

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Chicago Tribune: Arne Duncan and Dale Erquiaga Consider Corporate Support of Chicago Public Schools

Dec. 13, 2018 News

We’re not talking about big businesses taking over schools or foisting their preferred educational philosophy on teachers and principals. Not at all. Rather, businesses can invest in the great nonprofit partners that have shown they can work with school districts to boost student success, as well as in research that aims to uncover new strategies for dismantling the barriers students face.

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AbbVie and CIS Making News

Nov. 29, 2018 News

AbbVie's recent announcement of a $55 million total donation to three leading nonprofits, including Communities In Schools, is making national and regional headlines.

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The Washington Post: Kids need more than academics at school to succeed. Doing it right is the trick.

Nov. 28, 2018 News

Many schools have formal and homegrown efforts responding to the impacts of poverty and other adversities on learning. The Universal School Breakfast Program feeds over 14 million students in schools across the country. The Jennings School District in Missouri opened a food pantry, homeless shelter and health clinic for its students. Programs such as Communities In Schools, Community Schools, City Connects, and BARR Center are addressing students’ comprehensive needs by connecting them to community resources.

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