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Ben & Yosselin
They have already hit their target Goal and the year isn’t over yet.
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 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.…
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.…
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…
"I believe this program has been a positive influence on Hope because she now reads (using the pictures) to her one year old cousin.”
Living with his grandmother and raising a daughter have not made life easy.
Nathan is much more confident and excited about reading in the classroom.
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…
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…
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…
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…
In the year and a half before coming to Oakland, Lauren had been enrolled at three high schools and the Internet Academy.
She looks forward to reading group each week.
He’s working hard to learn English and helps his fellow ELL students with their class work.
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…
After CIS connected him with one of our tutors from UPS, Elijah turned his failing grade in Algebra into an A.
Max is on the road to reading success!
On her original intake forms where students are asked to identify needed resources Natalia simply wrote “support”.
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…
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…
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.…
...Iyania was able to earn an A on her Geometry exam and she says that she could not have done it without Carol.
It is not easy being a teen mom and finishing high school but Ana makes it look that way.
Katie wishes she would have known about all the opportunities CIS offered when she was in middle school.
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…
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…
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…
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…