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What can seem like small obstacles can easily lead students off track. That’s why ensuring students have access to basic needs is so important. A student cannot focus in the classroom if he or she is hungry, cold or tired, or cannot see the board. From ensuring students get proper nutrition, are sleeping in safe places and have reliable transportation to and from school, to providing resources or referrals to their families when they are in need, there is no request too small for us.

Blog Posts

Post-Florence, Four Communities In Schools of North Carolina Affiliates Reckon with Hundreds of Homeless Students, Destroyed Schools, Extensive Personal Loss

Sept. 27, 2018


Fred Rogers said, “look for the helpers.” CIS of North Carolina affiliates are used to being the helpers, but today, the helpers need help. Many of the student support specialists are facing their own traumatic circumstances while still pitching in with relief efforts for others. Please consider donating to the All In Relief Fund to help not only the helpers, but the students, families, and communities they serve every day.

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The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

By Elizabeth Tuten Nov. 2, 2017


Though the White House declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency only last week, families across the nation have felt the effects of opioid addiction for decades. Often relegated to a footnote in this important conversation are infants, children, and teens—the collateral damage of crises like this one. Youth are often confined to the chaotic lives of their addicted parents.

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How to Revitalize Your Back-To-School Supply Drive

By Kamila Thigpen Aug. 23, 2016


School supply drives are one of the most popular ways to mobilize a community to help students in need. Check out some tips observed first-hand from CIS of San Antonio's Stuff The Bus school supply drive and let us know what 's worked in your community!

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Slowing the Summer Slide

July 14, 2016

When school is out, working parents often scramble to find affordable options for keeping their children safe, accountable and engaged. 

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What We're Reading This Week

By Amy Labenski Nov. 28, 2014

We continue our giving thanks theme from last week’s “What We’re Reading” by recognizing the great support we receive from our partners and donors - and the support our affiliates give to their local communities.

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Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?

By Dan Cardinali Sept. 11, 2014 Huffington Post

For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. Unmoored from the structure of a school day and physically removed from all the supports that school can provide, too many young people spend the summer months feeling hopeless, lonely and adrift.

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How to Get Kids to Class

By Dan Cardinali Aug. 26, 2014 New York Times Opinion

Children living in poverty are by far the most likely to be chronically absent from school. The key to keeping these kids in school is to put dedicated social-service specialists in every low-performing, high-poverty school.

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More Schools Open Their Doors to the Whole Community

Aug. 13, 2014 Wall Street Journal

With backing at local, state and federal levels, the "community schools model", a decades-old idea for improving schools and neighborhoods, is gaining ground. The largest coordinator of such programs, Communities in Schools, saw a 6% increase in its reach in the 2012-13 school year, covering schools with a total of more than 1.3 million students in 26 states.

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