Black History: More than just a month

Chasity Hurd | CIS of Mid-America Site Coordinator at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Those who have no record of what their forbearers have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. Carter G. Woodson Woodson, known as the Father of Black History Month, understood these words. Woodson reminds us […]

Sincerity in Relationships

Jen Falletti | CIS of Mid-America Site Coordinator at Lakeside Elementary School in Pittsburg, KS As a Site Coordinator for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America, coming into a school as a brand new program that helps students succeed can sometimes be off putting for existing school staff. Anyone working at the school could possibly […]

What’s love got to do with it?

Rachel Harrington | CIS of Mid-America’s Field Director of Prevention Services I attended the ESSDACK Moving the Needle Conference for the first time in October, 2018.  It was there that I had the privilege of hearing a gentleman by the name of James Moffett speak.  If you know him and/or have had the opportunity to […]

Temporada de Agradecimiento – Season of Gratitude

Jania Wester | Communities In Schools of Mid-America’s Managing Director in Tulsa, OK Por alguna razón u otra durante el mes de noviembre muchos en EE.UU. tomamos tiempo para pensar en lo que estamos agradecidos. Quizás sea por el Día de Acción de Gracias o porque está cerca de las fiestas navideñas. Sea la razón […]

Let’s Talk About It

by Victoria Partridge | Communities In Schools of Mid-America’s Director of Communications When it comes to picking a blog topic, I always look at what is being celebrated during the month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. Additionally, Red Ribbon Week is highlighted October 23-31, Mental Illness Awareness Week is […]

Isabella & Joel’s Story

Isabella and Joel are siblings that have attended the school for several years. The whole time they have been here, teachers and school staff have pushed Mom to take them to the eye doctor because of their extremely poor eyesight. Teachers had been frustrated, sharing that they struggled to teach the kids because they can’t […]

Violet’s Story

From the desk of a CIS of Mid-America Site Coordinator: Violet* entered her sophomore year a little apprehensive of how it would go. Last year, her family had experienced some stress and she had felt unsafe where she was staying. She got poor grades and had been suspended at the end of the year for […]