News from the Field: Summer 2021

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CIS OF MID-AMERICA MAIN OFFICE - Lawrence, KS

Communities In Schools of Mid-America is excited to announce an important update! Our Site Coordinators will now be known as Student Support Coordinators. This new title better communicates what these incredible team members do on a day-to-day basis.

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MARYSVILLE JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL - Marysville, KS

Student Support Coordinator Shelly Crome took students to the community's Pony Up Marysville event; an opportunity for community leaders to speak to students about the importance of giving back and how it takes the entire community giving in order to keep parks and museums and other non-profits open and operating. In a particularly moving moment, a student reached into his pocket and donated $40 of his own money and put it toward a cause close to his heart. A touching moment for all to witness!

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SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL - Kansas City, MO

Student Support Coordinator LaChelle Nichols celebrated their graduating Seniors at the end of the school year with custom cookies!

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WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Pittsburg, KS

To encourage family engagement Susie Ledbetter, Student Support Coordinator, provided bingo cards for every family with activities they could do together. Activities included things like making dinner together, taking a walk as a family, doing homework together, and doing chores together. Once the cards were completed, families were put into a drawing for Summer Fun Baskets.

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ANADARKO HIGH SCHOOL - Anadarko, OK

CIS of Mid-America recently partnered with Wichita Tribe Tribal Youth Connections Program to teach Anadarko High School Seniors how to bead their caps for graduation. Carol Perkins, a tutor with CIS, taught the classes and the Wichita Tribe provided all of the supplies needed.

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ROYSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL - Chanute, KS

Brenna Roberston, Student Support Coordinator, created a designated space for students to do simple tasks, such as comb their hair and lint roll their shirt, before heading to the classroom. Surrounding the space are positive messages, ensuring that students will have a great start to their day!

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EMPORIA HIGH SCHOOL - Emporia, KS

The CIS of Mid-America program at Emporia High School partnered with school staff to assist with Spartan Explorers, a group that meets after school to help students with homework and experience different activities. During this session, students tried out glass blowing, making glass flowers, and small worry "stones".

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EL DORADO MIDDLE SCHOOL - El Dorado, KS

To end the school year on a positive note, El Dorado Middle School (EMS) Student Support Coordinator Randy Just organized an all-school assembly with an evening concert for the students, families, and school staff. The assembly featured youth motivational speaker, Terrence Lee Talley, who provided an upbeat and powerful message to the students at EMS about their self-worth and importance as individuals. That evening, the band 10 Talents hosted a concert and invited Terrence back to the stage for another encouraging and meaningful conversation. After the concert, students enjoyed buying merch and getting autographs from Terrence and the members of Ten Talents.

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STATE STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Topeka, KS

CIS Student Support Coordinator, Imelda Panuco, wanted to make sure everyone finished last year strong so she organized an academic incentive and threw a pizza party for her students. The students are finishing successfully and enjoying the end of a roller coaster school year. Thanks, Imelda!