Communities In Schools to Ring Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange Signaling Return to School for Students Across America
Leading Nonprofit Encourages Americans to Help Reduce Dropout Rate in 2015
Arlington, Va. - Jan. 2, 2015 - Communities In Schools (CIS) students, site coordinators and leaders will ring the Opening Bell at the NYSE Monday, Jan. 5 to raise awareness of efforts to change the picture of education in our country and help more students stay in school.
Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization in the country, serving over 1.3 million students and their families every year.
CIS National Board Member Lenny Stern will be joined on the NYSE podium by state directors, students and some of the school-based site coordinators who work with students in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Stern said the start of the New Year was an ideal time to focus attention on the non-academic barriers some students will face as they return to school.
“Next week as kids come back from the holiday break, we know that many of them will be coming to class unable to focus on learning because they don’t have food at home, someone to help them with homework or even a safe place to stay,” said Stern. “That places them at greater risk for dropping out. We hope our presence at the NYSE signals that business leaders, policy makers and elected officials need to invest in solutions that give these kids the resources they need to succeed in school and achieve in life.”
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.