Every day, our Student Support Coordinators show up in schools to support kids. They are a caring presence, a listening ear, the bearer of good snacks, and a champion of whatever a student may need that day. Our Student Support coordinators are the heroes of the Communities In Schools of Mid-America organization, and without their consistent dedication to this work, we couldn’t do what we do.
Each year we take time to thank our Student Support Coordinators (SSCs.) At our Central Office in Lawrence, Kansas, departments are tasked with finding ways to thank our SSCs every day of the week. This year, our communications team created a video to share with our SSCs, and we want to share it with you.
It’s not just employees of CIS of Mid-America that express thanks for the work of our SSCs. Comments and well wishes also come from the schools where our work is done. At Chanute Elementary School in Chanute, Kansas, Principal Brooke Wire wrote that what she appreciates most about our Coordinators is that they have a “willingness to go above and beyond for students and families.” At the High School in Chanute, Principal Zack Murry wrote that he can “count on” Communities In Schools of Mid America to give the students the support they need, whether it’s putting on events, or driving students to the dentist. No two days are the same as a Student Support Coordinator!
At Walnut Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas, Jennie Carpenter, a Fourth Grade Teacher, shared that she has never worked at a school with an SSC before. “What a difference they make in the lives of students,” she said. “I take peace in knowing they are here to serve our kiddos whenever and however they are needed.” In the Library, Becca Anderson wrote that “I honestly don’t know what we would do without [our SSC], and I never, ever, want to find out!”
Kayci Weimer, Vice President of Program Operations, in her e-mail to launch Student Support Coordinator Appreciation week, told CIS of Mid-America that “day in and day out, Student Support Coordinators work to ensure all students and families receive the support and services they need to learn and thrive. They make schools stronger, futures brighter, and hope higher.”
Do you know someone who would make an excellent Student Support Coordinator? CIS of Mid-America has current openings at school locations in Topeka, Kansas. We also invite you to donate to support our efforts to bring a caring community presence into every school.
Malissa Martin, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of Mid-America, summarized the purpose of Student Support Coordinator Appreciation Week. “At the end of the day, I like to think that all of us here have our heart in this work. But, you ARE the heart of the work, and everything we do is in service to make sure that you can deliver the best services and make the most difference in the lives of kids and then do it again for other kids. We appreciate you this week, today, and every day.”
Thank you to the Student Support Coordinators of Communities In Schools of Mid-America. We are so proud of the work you do and the support you offer to students. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!