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A MOMENT OF CHOICE
 
As of March 2021, more than 250,000 students in Texas were missing from school. In Florida, the number is close to 90,000. The total across the country is estimated at three million.

These students have not attended school since the beginning of the pandemic, not participating in any remote learning. No homework. No reading. Nothing. In districts with a high percentage of low-income families, the numbers translate to one in three students.

The pandemic has given us too many painful statistics — deaths, job loss, and more. It’s natural to see this as another part of that pain. But this statistic isn’t about the pandemic. These students aren’t missing because of COVID-19. They’re missing because of obstacles that existed in their lives before the virus arrived — hunger, housing insecurity, a parent’s job loss, substance abuse issues, mental health needs, and more. Obstacles that were already causing them to be “missing” from participating fully in learning. 

This is a moment of choice for K-12 public education in America — to do more than reopen the old system. We have the opportunity to make new and better choices to build a more equitable system of public education that works for all students.

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NETWORK NEWS

On July 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released this FAQ. With the release of this document, we celebrate both the historic opportunity now to expand the Communities In Schools program with this federal funding, and the strong support of the Administration and the U.S. Department of Education for integrated student supports.  

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STUDENT SUCCESS STORY

Calvin* lives in a single-parent home with his father. Calvin struggles with constant doubt, worry, and continually questions his existence. His father felt he had no answers and was worried no one could get through to Calvin, so he enrolled Calvin in Communities In Schools.

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NEWS FROM THE FIELD

From motivational concerts to Summer Fun Baskets, our Student Support Coordinators went above and beyond to make sure that students ended the year on a good note and had everything they needed for a great summer!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

We are excited for Bo's Hog Wild Kids Fest and Brew Fest & BBQ. This event provides support for local nonprofits, including CIS of Mid-America sites in Ottawa, KS. Click the highlighted words for more information.
COMING SOON!

CIS of Mid-America's 25th Anniversary Shirt will soon be available for purchase! The design for this shirt was created by Annette Mora, a 5th-grade student in Pittsburg, KS. Annette's design was chosen from more than 70 submissions. 

A link to the online store will be available via our social media platforms beginning August 5.
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