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It’s that time of year again! Every year in Tacoma there are students whose holiday season won’t be as bright as their peers. The CIS Winter Wish program aims to help spread holiday cheer to students who are experiencing homelessness, bringing warm coats, pajamas, blankets, gloves, and socks for students in need. You can support […]

Students may have started the school year online this year, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need school supplies! Our annual drive looked a little different this year. Moving to an online donation platform and giving campaign, our drive raised over $7,400 and collected supplies for 15 schools. Students received paper, pencils, crayons, headphones… everything […]

Due to concerns over COVID-19, our Annual Luncheon “What We Are Made Of” originally scheduled for May 29th has been postponed. This wonderful event is an opportunity to hear directly from our students about the impact Communities In Schools has made in their lives. We will post an update when we have secured a new […]

Tacoma Public Library E-Books & Pathways Program Any Tacoma resident with a library card can access Tacoma Public Library resources, and all Tacoma Public School students are eligible for a library card through the Pathways program, a partnership between TPS and TPL. There are instructions on how to access this resource on the Pathways Partnership […]

Each year, millions of people around the world give back to nonprofits on Giving Tuesday.  For all of us who will be donating to help local charities sustain their programs and services, please consider giving to Communities In Schools of Tacoma. Your gift will provide students with the support they need to stay in school and […]

When Ray first got connected with Communities In Schools, he was struggling to get to where he needed to be academically. He was behind in credits and did not really have the belief that he deserved more. Ray learned about some of the programs and resources available to him through Communities In Schools from one […]

Merci was initially referred to the program in need of help with her math classes, but we quickly discovered that math was only a small fraction of the services that could benefit Merci and her family. Upon connecting with Merci’s mother, we were informed that her family was struggling to find stable housing and our […]

Kailaya was referred to CIS for mentoring and college preparation support. We first learned about Kailaya during her freshman year, and over time she has been involved in several CIS programs at her school ⁠— girls mentor groups, resources, and assistance with planning her post-high school career. With help from the CIS Site Coordinator, Ms. […]

Katrina had a rough start at her high school. She was failing a few classes, struggling to attend class and stay in class each day, and she was caught up in high risk behavior among her group of peers. Going into her junior year, Katrina was worried about how she would make up the credits […]