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TO BREAK BARRIERS

TO OPEN DOORS

TO MAKE CONNECTIONS

IN SCHOOLS

NEW NAME. SAME CIS.

You've known us as CIS Lehigh Valley for over 20 years. In that time, our team of caring adults has grown to serve more students and more families across new communities. Now, Communities In Schools of Eastern PA is honored to connect our services in the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and more - by way of one strong, shared community. Read more about our name change and what it means for students in your backyard...

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURED FACE OF CIS!
ELISE SYMIA
SITE COORDINATOR, EASTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL

What lessons have your students at CIS taught you?

My students have taught me you can still smile and find the light through the darkest times.

Favorite sports team? New York Yankees

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Lebanon

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED FACE OF CIS!

ELISE SYMIA
SITE COORDINATOR, EASTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL

Get to Know Elise>

If you know CIS, you probably think of a person who has helped you or a student that you care about. At CIS, we're more than just programs - we are a team of caring adults, trained to do whatever it takes to keep kids coming to the classroom ready to learn. 

We are the face of trusting relationships when families need food, clothing, and basic essentials. We are the face of consistency when students need someone to check-in with about stress at home. We are the face of encouragement when students need some extra help achieving their goals. We are the face of student supports across our community.

Whether you've known a face of CIS for years, or you're just finding CIS in your community today, we invite you to learn more about the people who make our organization so special. 

In the 2019-2020 school year:

93%

of our students graduated from high school!

95%

of our students were promoted to the next grade!

We're building relationships through Restorative Practices. 

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Educators and students can benefit from utilizing restorative practices through teaching and learning social-emotional and conflict resolution skills. 

The 8th Street house fires in

April 2020 ripped through

Allentown families’ homes

on a Thursday morning in the middle of an already rising community crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

When the CIS team at Central Elementary School learned that some of their families lost everything, they jumped in to help...

"I gotta be there for them...because I didn't

have someone in my school who did that for me."

Hear from Gardenys Fernandez, Site Coordinator at Trexler Middle School and more coordinators about why they

do the work that they do!