Successful Students

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 box 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.

Leanna

Leanna connected to Communities in Schools of Tacoma through our 2015-2016 Stuff the Bus Campaign. She was a superstar volunteer who connected very quickly to our site coordinator, Mrs. Tracy. Leanna is a junior now and has participated in our after school tutoring where she was able…

Zyonna

Zyonna’s teacher referred her to Mt. Tahoma Site Coordinator Ms. Tracy so that we could get her resources to help her pass her math class. Zyonna had never had an issue with her grades, so it was hard for her to accept help at first, but she…

Leo

Leo began the year performing below expectations in reading. He was identified by the school staff as “at-risk” and joined the All Star Reading Program. Leo’s parents were concerned and added supplemental reading activities at home, but he needed a little more. Since fall, he has been…

Kenya

Kenya joined CIS programs at Oakland High School as a Healthy Youth Council member and has emerged as an undisputed leader this year. Coming from a non-traditional family structure she has overcome many obstacles and is making great strides both professionally and personally to excel throughout life.…

Nathan

Moving is never easy, but it is especially hard for a young person who has attended school with the same friends for years. When Nathan’s family moved to another part of town outside of his school’s boundary area, he was faced with the choice to start all…

Lauren

In the year and a half before coming to Oakland, Lauren had been enrolled at three high schools and the Internet Academy.

Zyonna

Zyonna began the school year in need of tutoring support. She had done pretty well in math class, but this year was a challenge and she wasn’t understanding the material she was being taught. Her schedule didn’t help–Zyonna was an all-star athlete and was playing on several…

Sean

Sean came to Tacoma from a small town in Virginia his sophomore year. He had trouble adjusting to a new home and a new school and he was always worried about his mother who he had left behind. Sean quickly made friends with his ROTC peers and…

Kui’Andre

Kui’Andre was so excited in the Fall to learn that Timm was going to be his tutor again. Timm has been volunteering with us for over five years now—his dedication and true interest of finding out who his student is and who they want to be is…

Elijah

After CIS connected him with one of our tutors from UPS, Elijah turned his failing grade in Algebra into an A.

Natalia

On her original intake forms where students are asked to identify needed resources Natalia simply wrote “support”.

Ana

It is not easy being a teen mom and finishing high school but Ana makes it look that way.

Samalee

Samalee is a first grade student at Fern Hill Elementary School. Reading has been difficult for her since English is her second language, so she was referred to the “All Star Readers” program to get some extra help from a one-on-one tutor. She and her tutor Cheryl…

Clydell

Cydell is an amazing second grader with a big personality and big dreams. During the start of the school year it was unclear if the All-Star Readers program would be a good fit. Cydell has since excelled within his group and a made wonderful connections with both…

Katrina

When Katrina fist started our program, she was failing most of her classes. She was referred to our Mt. Tahoma Site Coordinator, Ms. Tracy, for help with catching up. After talking with her, Ms. Tracy discovered that Katrina dreams of going to Cornish School of the Arts.…

Hope

"I believe this program has been a positive influence on Hope because she now reads (using the pictures) to her one year old cousin.”

Katie

Katie wishes she would have known about all the opportunities CIS offered when she was in middle school.

Christina

Christina joined the CIS program last year after she saw how it had helped her older sister succeed in school. Christina has always excelled in academics, but she reached out to our Site Coordinator Ms. Tracy for help applying for a job and to prepare for college. Ms.…

Antony

Antony Smith deserves to be recognized as an outstanding pupil. He is an Independent, resilient young man with much potential. A natural leader, Antony has become a role model to his peers through his involvement with The Healthy Youth program at Oakland High School. He participated in…

Jaime

He’s working hard to learn English and helps his fellow ELL students with their class work.

Ariyah

When she tested in May this year, her teacher was so excited about her results, that she called her site coordinator right away to let her know that Ariyah had scored a 30!

Ty

Ty is a successful alum who graduated from Mt. Tahoma last year. She came back for a visit and to show her support for the CIS tutoring program and the volunteer who helped her to graduate last year. Without the help and support of Site Coordinator Ms.…

Brook

Brook is an 8th grader and second year participant in the Project RISE after school program.  He currently has all A’s in his classes, but it hasn’t been the easiest time.  Brook has had several personal setbacks this year; not knowing if his family is going to…

Nathan

Nathan is much more confident and excited about reading in the classroom.

Jae

Jae enrolled in CIS programs at Mt. Tahoma High School during his sophomore year of school. He was faced with many challenges his freshman year and he was hopeful to get support to help him succeed. Jae struggled to balance life, sports and school and was interested…

Reggie

Reggie is one of our Champion readers in Ready, Set, Read–Tacoma! This Reed Elementary Head Start student started with our program late in the year, so we weren’t sure if he would be able to reach the goal of 50 books to become a Ready, Set, Read…

Brett

Living with his grandmother and raising a daughter have not made life easy.

Dominick

After enduring numerous tragedies over this past year, Dominick’s dad reached out to CIS to see if Site Coordinator Trisha Tracy could help. It had been over a year since Dominick last attended school. To help him get caught up, Ms. Tracy paired him with a tutor…

Amaya

She looks forward to reading group each week.

Iyania

...Iyania was able to earn an A on her Geometry exam and she says that she could not have done it without Carol.

Elaf

Elaf came to Mount Tahoma last year and was referred to our tutoring program to assist her with her homework. She was feeling overwhelmed with the language barrier, but was not ready to give up. We paired Elaf with our all-star volunteer, Mrs. Nyland, and they have…

Kee’Aunte

Kee’Aunte has done it again! We have our first Two Time Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! Champion for the 2017-18 School Year. Kee’Aunte participated in the Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! program last year and completed 50 books to become a Champion. Wasting no time at all this year, he knew…

Jay

After attending seven schools and making a move from California, Jay came to Oakland quietly with not much confidence. He had been abused in his past and came here being behind in credits.  Since then, Communities In Schools of Tacoma has assisted Jay in many ways to…

Tyree

Sometimes kids get lost in the shuffle. Tyree is one of those kids. At the beginning of the second semester last year, Tyree’s counselor noticed he was a class requirement short, a senior’s worse nightmare, he needed a Civics class to graduate. Fortunately, his high school was in…

Dustin

Dustin entered our program as a freshmen in need of resources to help his family during a difficult period in their lives. His mom had recently been forced to leave her job to undergo treatment for cancer and they were struggling with the stress and medical expenses…

Max

Max is on the road to reading success!

Julianna

Julianna came to CIS of Tacoma in need of credits to graduate, but we have already been able to help her with so much more. Since the beginning of this school year, Julianna has been meeting with a CIST provided tutor to help her with her Apex…

Jayden

We recognize Jaden for her dedication to turning her life around this school year.  Jaden is currently acknowledged as a Junior, but looking at her transcript is a bleak picture.  As of late winter, Jaden was going to be extremely credit deficient going into her Senior year.…

Ben & Yosselin

They have already hit their target Goal and the year isn’t over yet.

Antoni

Antoni learned about CIS at Mt. Tahoma High School when he signed up for our H.I.R.E. (Helping Interns Reach Excellence) program two years ago. After discovering the services available to him as a CIS student, Antoni was connected with tutoring to bring his math grade up. Once his grades were back on track, Antoni decided he wanted to give back and start serving hi community, so he signed up for our Leader Academy to help others in need. We have seen Antoni grow into a wonderful role model for his peers in the time we have been working with him. Antoni graduated on June 8th and will be enlisting in the U.S. Army this summer so that he can continue to help others. Great job and congratulations, Antoni!

Destiny

Destiny read 50 books from the RSR-T collection and is now a Ready, Set, Read–Tacoma! Champion. She is a McCarver Elementary Head Start student who started with the RSR-T program in February, so we weren’t sure if she would be able to reach the goal of 50 books to become…

Antoni

Antoni joined Communities In Schools last summer when he applied for a summer internship through the CIS H.I.R.E. Program. He had been looking for a way to earn some extra money to help pay for driver’s education and a car so that he could provide transportation for…

Noah

Noah read 50 books from the RSR-T collection and is now a Ready, Set, Read–Tacoma! Champion. He is a McCarver Elementary Head Start student who started with the RSR-T program in February, and completed the program mid March. The first Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! Champion of the year! Noah…
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