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News and stories about our work, our partners and our students' success.


On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Works to Decrease Food Insecurity for Atlanta Students

1 in 4 metropolitan Atlanta families with children are food insecure. That’s why CIS of Atlanta partnered with Keller Williams and Publix to provide more than 200 students with backpacks filled with food for the holiday school break. The bags were filled with non perishable food items, canned food items and snacks. Thank you for your partnership Keller Williams and Publix.

LifeWTR and QuikTrip Partner with CIS of Atlanta to Spread Holiday Cheer

Since 2016, LifeWTR (Life Water) and QuikTrip have partnered with Communities in Schools of Atlanta for its annual Secret Santa giveaway for deserving students and families. This year, families from Clayton County Schools (Charles R. Drew, Mundy's Mill, Riverdale) who experienced recent hardships received gifts from representatives of the organization. Thank you LifeWTR and QuikTrip for supporting CIS of Atlanta families.

Macy’s Gives Back to CIS of Atlanta Students in a Big Way!

Some CIS of Atlanta students from Scott, Boyd and Hollis Elementary schools received a wonderful Christmas blessing from our supporting partner Macy’s. 30 students received Macy's "Giving Tree" donations and the look on their faces says it all. Special thanks to Macy’s for this annual donation to support our students during the holiday season.

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Spreads Christmas Cheer at Banneker High School

The Choose Success program at Banneker gave families a Christmas party they won’t forget. This past weekend, more than 100 parents and students came to receive gifts to help them have a joyful holiday season. CIS of Atlanta team members distributed $50 gift cards, more than $1,000 worth of meal coupons, and hundreds of toys and self-care products. We were happy to see smiles on so many faces.

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Students Choose GA Tech on National Football Signing Day!

Yesterday was National Football Signing Day for two CIS of Atlanta students, Khatavian Franks and Tyson Meiguez from Creekside High School, and they both chose GA Tech! Our CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinators who served as mentors to these outstanding student-athletes were there for the special day. Special thanks to Joseph A. Bank for providing suits for Khatavian and Tyson as they celebrated this momentous occasion. Click on this link to see more coverage on GA Tech’s site.

CIS of Atlanta Students Ready for National Football Signing Day!

Today is National Football Signing Day for two CIS of Atlanta students from Creekside High School and we couldn’t be more excited. We partnered with Joseph A. Bank to provide suits for the two college-bound, student-athletes who will sign National Letters of Intent to play Division I College Football. Stay tuned to find out where the duo will be headed to further their education and excel on the collegiate football field. Special thanks to Joseph A. Bank for supporting our students and making them look and feel their best for one of the best experiences of their life. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

CIS of Atlanta CEO Speaks at Leadership Atlanta Education Day

Our CEO Frank Brown, a 2019 Leadership Atlanta graduate, served as a speaker at “Education Day” to share insights on barriers to success for students from under-resourced communities. The event, held at the Ron Clark Academy, included leaders in the education space and explored the state of public education in Metro Atlanta, variables that drive inequities in student outcomes, the daily life of students in the public-school system and provided ways in which the Leadership Atlanta graduates can get involved.

Forest Park High School Students Participate in the 4th Annual "I-20 East College Tour"

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator at Forest Park High School, Quintin Avery, takes his students on a special college tour trip each year. He believes it's important to expose his students to college preparatory experiences so they understand what it takes to get there. Quintin started the "I-20 East Tour" four years ago and it has built more momentum each year. In the past, the tour included visits to Paine College (Quintin's Alma Mater), Benedict College, and Allen University. This year they visited Paine College and Augusta University. While at Paine, four students were accepted on the spot. Thank you, Quintin, for creating opportunities for our students to have such enriching experiences.

CIS of Atlanta STEM Students Attend Career Shadow Tour at Kia Manufacturing Facility

Creekside High School Real World Academy students visited the Kia Motors Manufacturing Facility in West Point, Georgia. Students learned about the various careers and internship opportunities Kia has to offer globally. They also took a tour of the facility and observed the manufacturing of a vehicle produced by Kia at the site. Special thanks to the Kia Manufacturing Facility team for exposing our students to technology in the manufacturing world.

CIS of Atlanta Students Received Back to School Supplies from Shaquille O'Neal's Initiative

CIS National Board Member, Shaquille O' Neal's “Shaq-to-School” drive benefited CIS of Atlanta students in a big way. Students from John Lewis Invictus Academy and McNair Middle School (Fulton County Schools) received back to school supplies including backpacks filled with pencils, pens, rulers, and notebooks. Overall, more than 5,000 CIS students in multiple cities received supplies. Shaq partnered with online shoe retailer Zappos and Amazon for this wonderful “giving event” Thank you, Shaq for giving so much to Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest provider of in-school resources and support to students in need.

Tackling Bullying and Literacy Event with Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University Football Te

Bullying is a serious issue affecting our youth and it takes the entire community to open up dialogue and create solutions to help our children escape the harm bullying can have on them for a lifetime. Communities In Schools of Atlanta in conjunction with football players and coaches from Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University hosted "Tackling Bullying and Literacy" panels at Woodland and McNair Middle Schools in Fulton County. The focus was to speak to students about the importance of self-discipline, sportsmanship and the core values of a student-athlete. Thank you to our partners for participating in this important event.

Local Artist & Songwriter Empowers Youth to Follow Their Dreams

Scotty ATL, Artist, Producer, and Entrepreneur was the featured speaker during Banneker High School's weekly "Leaders Among Us" male empowerment series. He shared his life story of tragedy to triumph and was able to give students a glimpse into his journey as a rapper, producer and now a successful business owner. Thank you Scotty ATL for taking the time to speak to our youth and pour into our community. If you would like to support the work we do in our community, click on the link below to contribute to our Annual Fund campaign.

Watch our #GAGives on #GivingTuesday Video

GAGives on #GivingTuesday is a big day for CIS of Atlanta because it allows us to showcase the important work we do in our community and invite friends like you to support our efforts. Watch this video which highlights the importance of investing in young people who are being left behind in the midst of Atlanta's growing economy and GIVE today.

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