A Bird's Eye View from the Main Mallard
Quacky, Head CIS Mascot
Normally we feature some wise words from our President and CEO, Mike, about the work of Communities In Schools in our area. Well, I think it's high time to get a bird's perspective!
I may be new to Communities In Schools, but it doesn't take long to see the impact our programs have in Tarrant County. Since I have joined the CIS flock, we have expanded into two additional schools and added a new school district. Judging by the principals and superintendents that come knocking at our door, the Communities In Schools name is recognized and esteemed among school faculty and leadership. From beginning in two schools in 1992, to operating in 40 schools in 2013, we are changing more and more lives in Tarrant County.
So, how exactly do we change the lives of students? The answer is simple: dedicated social workers. CIS places a licensed social worker directly inside schools to work individually with students who are at-risk for dropping out. The social worker identifies what barriers are keeping the child from the classroom and brings in the necessary resources to eradicate those barriers. It's this unique, simple model that makes Communities In Schools the nation's leading dropout prevention program. In fact, 98% of our CIS students stayed in school and 95% continued on to graduate high school. The numbers don't lie, folks!
With results like this, it's easy to see why Communities In Schools usually has a line of schools waiting for our programs. CIS is constantly raising funds to expand into new schools; whether it's corporate grants, government funding, or generous support from community members. That's why I started a brand new event, Derby Duck Race!
On May 4th, I will help launch 5,000 of my rubber ducklings into the Trinity River during Fort Worth's iconic Mayfest. You can adopt one of my ducklings, but choose wisely - your duck could be the lucky winner of fantastic prizes like shopping sprees and more! We'll also send you two tickets to Mayfest when you adopt a duck (while supplies last) so your family can come to cheer on your ducklings.
Adopt a duck and help empower a student to stay in school and achieve in life. Every mallard matters, so adopt soon!
Your feathered friend,