Communities In Schools Announces “All In For Student” Honorees

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Award Winners to be Recognized at CIS 40th Anniversary Celebration | Town Hall Conference

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Communities In Schools ( CIS), the national organization that works inside schools empowering at-risk students to achieve in school and succeed in life, today announced the list of honorees who will be recognized with “All In For Students Awards” at the organization’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

The awards ceremony will be held Thursday May 11, 2017 in Los Angeles and honor national legislative, community and corporate leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to helping more at-risk students stay in school, graduate and go on to brighter futures.

Honorees include:

  • Legislative Champion Award: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for their leadership in the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Local Philanthropic Leader Award: Richard Lovett, President, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), for his longstanding national and local support of Communities In Schools
  • Corporate Champion Award: AT&T for its steadfast commitment to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire.

“Throughout its history, CIS has relied on the power of many – working together – to transform the lives of students,” said Communities In Schools President and CEO Dale Erquiaga. “The All In for Students Awards celebrates that spirit of making a difference.”

“Thank you for this award, but I really would like to thank you for the work you’ve been doing to help students succeed,” said U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. “With the support of so many people including organizations like CIS, we were able to pass the education law and now my job is to work to ensure the law is implemented as Congress wrote and intended it. We can work together to improve schools state by state, community by community, classroom by classroom. I believe your organization and your important work will continue to make a difference in Tennessee and across the United States.”

“I was so proud to bring the voices and priorities of CIS into the process as I worked to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act. Passing ESSA was an important step in our shared goal to make sure every child has access to a high quality education,” said U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

“Communities In Schools is a remarkable organization filled with dedicated and caring professionals who wake up every day with a mission to help students learn and thrive,” said CAA President Richard Lovett. “CIS is a part of the CAA family and we feel fortunate to be of service in helping create opportunities for students to succeed and fulfill their full potential.”

“Communities In Schools surrounds students with the vital supports they need to realize their dreams, and since the start of our journey together in 2008, we’ve long admired the positive outcomes CIS students achieve as a result of this comprehensive approach,” said Nicole Anderson, assistant vice president of Social Innovation at AT&T. “We’re honored to support Communities In School’s mission and join in celebrating 40 years of helping students succeed in school and beyond.”

The “All In For Students” Awards ceremony will also include recognition of CIS staff, alumni and educators and also serve as a celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary. The ceremony will follow a Town Hall Conference earlier in the week where CIS leaders from across the country will join prominent education thought leaders, policy makers and key school district leaders to discuss community solutions to help at-risk students.

News updates can found by following @cisnational on Twitter with the hashtag #AllInForKids.

About Communities In Schools
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.

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