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 […]

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 […]

The Boy’s Group Success Story

Every two weeks, the Boy’s Group met. Each meeting began with a dance to the instrumental of “The Billy Bounce” (chosen by the group). Following this, we would do the […]

Sam’s Success Story

Sam started this school year a little rough and was constantly in the focus room for poor behavior choices. She could be violent; kicking and screaming at the top of […]

Standing at the Crossroad of Comfort & Change

by Camille Abdel-Jawad | AmeriCorps VISTA 2018-2019 As a new school year creeps in, I’ve been thinking a lot about change. As humans, we learn to despise change. To resent […]

Unicorn People

by Sophie Archuleta I had worked so hard for this moment. It was the culmination of seventeen years of late night study sessions and diligently choosing the right class schedule. […]

Educating Children Beyond the Classroom

We are approaching the 400-year anniversary of the first documented slaves arriving in the United States of America in August of 1619. The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, […]

One Powerful Relationship

Fall is my favorite season.  Watching the leaves change, feeling the crisp air, walking into a warm home after being outside on a chilly day, and spending extra time with […]