National Dropout Prevention Group, Communities In Schools, Rings NYSE Opening Bell

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Bell Ring Signals Return to School and Growing Concern for Dropout Crisis

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This week as kids come back from the holiday break, we know that many of them will be coming to class unable to focus on learning because they don’t have food at home, someone to help them with homework or a safe place to stay.

Arlington, Va. - Jan. 5, 2015 - Communities In Schools (CIS) students from Delaware and Pennsylvania, along with organization leaders from New York and Washington, D.C. will ring the Opening Bell at the NYSE this morning to raise awareness of efforts to change the picture of education in our country and help more students stay in school.

Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization in the country, serving over 1.3 million students and their families every year.

CIS National Board Member Lenny Stern will be joined on the NYSE podium by state directors, students and some of the school-based site coordinators who work with students in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Stern said the start of the New Year was an ideal time to focus attention on the non-academic barriers some students will face as they return to school.

“This week as kids come back from the holiday break, we know that many of them will be coming to class unable to focus on learning because they don’t have food at home, someone to help them with homework or even a safe place to stay,” said Stern. “That places them at greater risk for dropping out. We hope our presence at the NYSE signals that business leaders, policy makers and elected officials need to invest in solutions that give these kids the resources they need to succeed in school and achieve in life.”

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ABOUT COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help students succeed in school and achieve in life. Operating in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.3 million young people and their families each year. Based directly inside schools throughout the country, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. Learn more about Communities In Schools at http://www.CommunitiesInSchools.org.

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