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Gifts With Meaning

The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has published his annual holiday gift guide - something he describes as his chance to recommend presents more meaningful than a tie or sweater; And this year, Communities In Schools is among the charitable organizations recommended by the well-respected Kristof. 

As he writes here in The New York Times, "we’re seeing painful upheavals about race on university campuses these days, but the civil rights issue in America today is our pre-K through 12th grade education system, which routinely sends the neediest kids to the worst schools. To address these roots of inequality, a group called Communities in Schools supports disadvantaged kids, mostly black and Latino, in elementary, middle and high schools around the country."  To make a holiday contribution that will change the picture of education in the Charleston area, click here.


CIS of Charleston is celebrating
27 years of serving Lowcountry students!

During the 2014-15 year, we served 13,294 young people in 28 schools. Of those students, 1,340 received case-managed services.
We are proud to say that of those case-managed students:

  • 96% were promoted to the next grade level (excluding seniors)

  • 74% maintained adequate attendance

  • 77% maintained a C or higher in Math or increased from a failing to a passing grade

  • 78% maintained a C or higher in ELA or increased from a failing grade to a passing grade
  • 89% improved or maintained positivie school behavior

  • 98% of seniors graduate (74% went to college, 13% joined the military)

Thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors, CIS has helped thousands of children excel in schools throughout the Charleston region. Read some of our SUCCESS STORIES.



2014 Annual Impact Report

During the 2013-14 year, CIS of Charleston served 14,187 students in 30 schools. To learn more about our achievements during the last school year, please look at our 2014 Annual Impact Report.



Music Tells the Story

Music Tells the Story is an expanding project to provide music education and enrichment for elementary school students.  Composer/songwriter/performer Ayala Asherov-Kalus works with students at Burns Elementary School to turn their poems and stories into real compositions played by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Click on the image below to watch a great video about the program.




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