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

When Ray first came to Communities In Schools of Tacoma, he was struggling to get to where he needed to be academically. In his junior year, he was behind in credits and did not really believe that he deserved more out of life. Then one of his peers referred Ray to CIS, and he started […]

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 […]

At eighteen years old, Sharon was working five jobs to support herself when she received a call saying that she would have to either attend school or drop out. In a bold move, she decided to quit working and concentrate on school. Sharon entered her senior year of high school with painful memories of homelessness […]

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. Anker credits Communities […]