Last Tuesday morning at the Armstrong Center, Communities in Schools of Savannah held their 2017-2018 Breakfast Kickoff to announce their new Campaign “All In For Kids.” Chairman of the Board of Directors, Joe Buck introduced the Board Members and spoke of the success Communities in Schools of Savannah has had at Haven Elementary School. Executive Director of Communities in Schools, Catalina Garcia-Quick gave an overview of how the program works. “For too many children, challenges outside the classroom, like hunger, poor health, or trauma at home or in their community can stand in the way of success inside the classroom.
That’s why our staff are in the schools everyday,” says Garcia-Quick. “Whether it’s clean clothes, help with school work, or someone to talk to when things get tough, we do whatever it takes to connect students with the relationships and resources they need to succeed”, Garcia-Quick continued.
Giving results of the program and its success rate among the Haven Elementary School students who receive our most intensive supports during the 2016-2017 school year, we have 88% improved their attendance, 99% were promoted to the next grade and 98% witnessed academic gains.
Communities in Schools of Savannah achieved great success this past school year. In addition to student success, Communities in Schools of Savannah received National Accredition and was the first affiliate in the country to do so under the new National Standards.
School Superintendent, Dr. Ann Levett, has been a part of Communities in Schools over the past 10 years and praised the success of the program at Haven Elementary School and encouraged the audience to commit to the future of our country, who are our children.
Kim Gusby, WSAV News Anchor has been named 2017-2018 Spokeswoman for All In For Kids Campaign announcing a goal of raising over $300,000.
Unlike other programs that operate before or after school, CIS staff are in schools during the school day and Communities in Schools of Savannah are currently the ONLY organization working FULL TIME directly inside K-12 Savannah-Chatham County schools.
Communities in Schools of Savannah has recently launched our 2017- 2018 #ALLINFORKIDS Campaign. To summarize a quote from James Baldwin, “These are ALL of our kids, we will either profit from their success or pay for their failure”. The #ALLINFORKIDS campaign adopts this philosophy by providing a way for everyone to engage at a level that is appropriate. For a community to be “ALL IN”, it first takes recognition that all kids are our kids. The 2017-2018 #ALLINFORKIDS campaign will allow us to expand our reach and grow our program, via fundraising, volunteerism, and networking with resources in our community.
Poor educational outcomes perpetuate the cycle of poverty and crime. With the increase in what are known as ‘high poverty’ schools, to break that cycle of poverty, our services are needed now more than ever. Communities In Schools empowers kids to meet their fullest potential by staying in school – because we know that getting a child graduation is only the beginning. Join us and you too can be #ALLINFORKIDS.