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April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

If you are looking for a charity to support, this is it. The facts are fairly simple and clear: improved academic success leads to higher graduation rates, which creates opportunity to succeed in life. CIS gets to kids before poverty, homelessness, violence, and substance abuse become barriers to learning. How? By creating RELATIONSHIPS rather than programs to reach kids. The organization works directly with school administrators, parents, and community leaders to identify children and families that may have needs beyond the scope of a normal educational experience. CIS then brings to bear existing community resources to meet those needs. These services include tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs, food, housing, clothing, leadership training, gang intervention and prevention, physical and mental health education, and substance abuse intervention, among others. CIS has a proven, quantitative track record of keeping kids in school.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing kids develop through the mentoring program to graduate from high school and go on to college. Several kids who were helped by Communities in Schools have come back to be part of the CIS staff, helping others achieve the same success they have experienced.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get the CIS resources into more schools.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

Communities in Schools of Central Ohio has a proven record of helping hundreds of children stay in school and graduate each year. The CIS staff works closely with teachers, community groups and parents to ensure each child is ready to succeed. Poverty creates so many issues that have to be resolved before a child can learn. CIS helps fill the gaps, one child at a time.

I am proud to serve on the CIS board and support the CIS team in any way possible. They truly make a difference in the lives of our children.

Karen Lurvey



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I had the opportunity to be a principle for a day at a local elementary school. The days provide a glimpse of the issues the school was facing. The principle indicated that the CIS school based resource was critical to the school's overall success. It was great to see the CIS in action.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more funds to increase the number of school based resources in the Columbus City Schools.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I am honored to serve on this Board and being apart of a team that helps surround students with community support and empower them to stay in school. As a graduate of Columbus Public Schools, I enjoy giving back to the school system that help mold me into the professional I am today.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the metrics of the number of student particapting in the different CIS programs and their success.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

we continue to look at process improvements.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

U.S. Bank

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

surround students with community support and empower them to stay in school

What is its top priority in the long run?

surround students with community support and empower them to stay in school

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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