Our work is best shared through the stories and images of our students, and testimonials from others touched by the work we do. We invite you to click on a story below… and be inspired. If you have a story or a comment about how Communities In Schools made a difference in your life, please share it with us.


Success Stories to Read

For kids at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle, snowboarding is more than an outdoor adventure—it’s a chance to develop leadership skills and character.

For one 6th grade student in Bellingham, Communities In Schools helped her move from chronically absent to thriving in school. Although school staff had tried to contact the student’s family multiple times, they could not reach a family member, and the student was about to be referred to truancy court. It was then that the student met Ari Wright, an AmeriCorps member serving as a Site Coordinator with CIS of Whatcom-Skagit.

When Ray first came to CIS of Tacoma, he was struggling to get to where he needed to be academically. He quickly formed a connection with his Site Coordinator, and gradually, his entire outlook on life changed.

Georjina first came to Communities In Schools of Lakewood in elementary school for help with math and reading. Leah Livingston, CIS Site Coordinator, also worked with her to become more comfortable speaking in a group. Through afterschool CIS programs, Georjina began to build up her confidence and find ways to express herself to others.

When Kayci walked across the stage to accept her diploma with other Henderson Bay High School graduates, there were the usual loud cheers and happy tears, but for this graduate it was an extra special celebration. Kayci’s graduation day not only marked the rite of passage of completing high school, but it also celebrated her overcoming adversity and challenges that are paving the path to a brighter future.

When Peninsula High School student Tacoda Anker walked across the stage to accept his diploma on Sunday, June 18, 2017 it marked more than the accomplishment of completing four years of high school. For this college-bound senior, it was the completion of a dream few thought possible as it underscored his journey from drug addiction and dropout to graduation — a true comeback story.