There has been a lot of conversation in the local news lately about 'fighting poverty" - with an emphasis on education and "providing all the wrap-around services a student/family needs to ensure the best education". For over 40 years, Communities In Schools (CIS) has worked to transform public education through a results-oriented model proven to keep students in school and on the path to a brighter future. With nearly 41% of students under the age of 18 living in poverty in Savannah, we know these students face challenges outside the classroom that can stand in the way of success inside the classroom.
Our unique model focuses on integrated wrap-around services and a school-based coordinator who brings services and resources into schools to benefit young people at risk of failing. It is a model that is both student-focused and data-driven. CIS of Savannah piloted this model at Haven Elementary School during the 2016-2017 school year. The results… 88% of CIS students improved attendance, 98% improved academically, and 99% were promoted to the next grade. Across the state, Communities In Schools has an 89% graduation rate for the schools that we are in (more than 8% higher than the state average) and Communities In Schools is the ONLY local agency providing a full-time person embedded inside the school - ALL DAY - EVERY DAY. When students’ academic and non-academic needs are met, everyone wins. Young people arrive at school prepared to learn and teachers can focus on teaching.
Now imagine if we could employ this model in all of our high poverty/failing schools in Savannah.
Please support Communities In Schools of Savannah today. Your contribution will allow us to continue our work and expand our model into additional SCCPSS schools.