Communities In Schools of South Carolina

Communities In Schools of South Carolina


Last week, our OnTrack Greenville team celebrated the hard work of Tanglewood Middle students by sending them off for a well-deserved spring break with a day of music, food and fun!

Tanglewood Middle is one of six OnTrack schools where students receive individualized support to keep them on track to an on-time graduation. Learn more about OnTrack Greenville:

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Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott donated $2.5 million to Communities In Schools of South Carolina (CISSC). In 2021, CISSC merged its Greenville, Midlands, and Charleston-area affiliates. It works to assist students in non-academic areas like food, housing, healthcare, and access to remote technology so they can focus on academics. πŸ’°
Thank you Charter Communications/Spectrum for awarding a $12,000 digital education grant to Communities In Schools of South Carolina, which will support CIS programs at Wood Elementary School Pine Ridge Middle School and AHS LEADS in Lexington School District Two, as well as schools in some surrounding school districts. Proud to host today's check presentation at our Lexington 2 Innovation Center. City of Cayce City of West Columbia, SC Town of Springdale, SC Town of Pine Ridge, South Carolina Town of South Congaree Richland County School District One Fairfield County School District #WeAreLex2
All was merry and bright at the Triple P Holiday Drop-In last week! Thank you to our Triple P partners for attending. Triple P is proud to partner with Little Steps, Pendleton Place Inc., Sue Cleveland Elementary, and Communities In Schools of South Carolina. Happy Holidays! πŸŽ„
This year the credit union was proud to sponsor 17 children for the Communities In Schools of South Carolina (CIS) Christmas Wish List program. Credit union employees worked together to shop for clothing and healthy snacks for each of the sponsored children. We are so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the CIS Wish List program each year and thankful for employees who always give so generously to make our community better. #CreditUnionDifference #Community #WeMakeOurCommunityBetter #GivingBack #yeahTHATgreenville #yeahTHATgreenvillecreditunion
Today, 4000 families throughout the Lowcountry are enjoying turkeys from the Charleston Basket Brigade because of the efforts our beloved community. Thank you to Carolina One Real Estate for raising money; Communities In Schools of South Carolina for coordinating all turkey and voucher distribution; and our friends at Lowcountry Grocer’s Piggly Wiggly for raising money at checkout, providing us discounts, and making turkey fulfillment so easy again this year. We appreciate you all so much. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone. πŸ’›
Thank you to Communities In Schools of South Carolina for putting together "Illuminating the Power of One" this week to help students across the state and in Charleston. We are proud sponsors of this cause because education is very close to David's heart.

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Are you curious what a day in the life of a site coordinator looks like? πŸ€”

Check out this great video featuring Allison Hilton of Communities In Schools of South Carolina site coordinator at Mitchell Math and Science Elementary, as she provide a sneak peck into her unpredictable day #AllinforKids
Communities In Schools of South Carolina helps children navigate challenges outside the classroom that often stand in the way of success inside the classroom.
Congratulations Communities In Schools Charleston πŸŽ‰πŸ€© #AllinforKids
Congrats to Communities In Schools Charleston alum, Raven Saunders, for winning a silver medal at the #Olympics! Raven speaks openly about the challenges she's overcome to accept herself and to be standing as an Olympian today.

"'To be me. To not apologize,' she said in a wide-ranging conversation after her second-place finish, when asked what her ultimate mission is. 'To show younger people that no matter how many boxes they try to fit you in, you can be you and you can accept it. People tried to tell me not to do tattoos and piercings and all that. But look at me now, and I’m poppin’.'"
Local Disaster Preparedness and Response Company To Donate PPE Supplies

ProPac, Inc. will be donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Low Country residents with a focus on schools, teachers, public health agencies, emergency medical services, and Not-for-profits. The event takes place Thursday, August 5, through Friday, August 6 in conjunction with South Carolina’s Tax-Free Weekend at ProPac's headquarters at 2465 Air Park Rd. in North Charleston. Hours for the donation drive through event will be 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
Case quantities of PPE will be available for anyone to fill their car, SUV, or truck during ProPac's Donation Drive-Through event. The PPE will include 3-Ply Face Masks, Protective Face Shields, Hand Sanitizer, Antibacterial Wipes and Protective Gowns. First come, first serve. Supplies on some items may be limited.
All PPE is available free of charge as a community service due to the lingering virus concerns and new strains of COVID that are on the rise once again. With school and flu season also approaching, ProPac hopes to promote a healthy, safe Low Country, and give back to the community with vital supplies for schools, public health agencies, and non-profit groups.
From its home base in North Charleston, SC ProPac serves the United States and select international markets by providing emergency managers, first responders, city, state and federal agencies with disaster preparedness and response supplies. The company’s core products include sheltering items (cots, blankets, and hygiene products), disaster response trailers, inflatable drive through vaccination and surge capacity tents, and a large offering of preparedness kits for individuals and families. The recent COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the company’s response effort and was considered a strategic partner for large municipalities across the country.
For more than 32 years, ProPac has been the behind-the-scenes supplier for relief agencies across the world. With humble beginnings before Hurricane Hugo’s arrival, ProPac recently expanded into a 100,000SF facility and has experts on staff who have responded to every major disaster since 1989. If there are preparedness or PPE Donation related questions, please feel free to call us at 843-308-0994 and get to β€œKnow Us, before you Need Us.”

For additional information contact:
Richard King, COO – [email protected]
Susan Risher, VP-CFO – [email protected]

Phone - 843.308.0994

Location – 2465 Air Park Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406

For more information about ProPac, visit this video link…

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Working directly in 34 schools across 3 geographic regions in South Carolina, Communities In Schools of South Carolina builds relationships to ensure over 18,000 students receive a quality education.

Operating as usual


Protecting the environment and each other to create an equitable future! Happy 🌎 Day.

Protecting the environment and cultivating a healthy future for humanity is an essential part of creating an equitable future for our youth. Share what you’re doing to teach kids about the environment. 🌎

Photos from Communities In Schools of South Carolina's post 04/22/2022

Talk about a hands-on experience! Last week, more than 30 CIS students had the opportunity to see – and hold – arthropods and reptiles. πŸ¦ŽπŸ•·πŸ

The Critter Keeper stopped by the Afterschool Community Club at Lakeview Middle, which meets every week, and students had an absolute blast learning about the fascinating lives of these critters!

Timeline photos 04/21/2022

Tomorrow night‼️

Our partners at OnTrack Greenville are hosting an important event around youth violence, mental health, and more at the Mount Pleasant Community Center. If you're in Greenville, drop by and join the discussion.

Join OnTrack Greenville and its partners for an important evening whose purpose is to:

β€’ Educate about the impact of youth violence
β€’ Provide critical information about gun safety
β€’ Present mental health challenges and resources
β€’ Provide community with connections to mentoring organizations
β€’ Connect students to a trusted adult prior to entering the summer months

Full details here:


πŸ‘‹ Meet our Director of Training and Professional Development, Rachelle Hall!

πŸŽ“ Rachelle graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with her MA in Social Work. Before her current role, Rachelle worked as a Site Coordinator for nine years. She has been able to serve many students and their families as a Site Coordinator and is now looking forward to training others on best practices and approaches.

πŸ“£ "What I love about Communities In Schools is that we serve as advocates to students and families who often times cannot advocate for themselves. CIS gives them a safe space, a caring adult to lean on, helps them find their voice, and empowers them to act on their potential!"

🀩 How lucky are we to have someone like Rachelle on our team?! We’re grateful for her years of dedication to the students we serve – and now to their Site Coordinators working across the state!

Photos from Communities In Schools of South Carolina's post 04/09/2022

Meet Meghan, one of our interns at St. Andrews Middle. She recently held a donation drive at the University of South Carolina – where she attends – and secured more than three boxes of supplies for CIS students! πŸŽ‰

We're grateful to be working with the next generation of educators, social workers, and counselors across the state.✨


Last week, a group of students from North Charleston High School (NCHS) had the opportunity to visit the South Carolina Ports Authority with their site coordinator, Tamara Washington, and board member, Mark Fell. πŸš’πŸŒ…

Not only did they receive a tour of the port, they also learned about job opportunities in the maritime industry and apprenticeship programs offered through Trident Technical College.

We want to thank Jordi Yarborough and Cami McCoy for welcoming us and leading the tour. At CIS, we build a community of support for life – and we appreciate the entire SC Ports team being a part of that community and providing opportunities for career readiness to CIS students in the Lowcountry!✨


Today our hearts break for Tanglewood Middle School and the families impacted by the tragic event that unfolded.

We've been fortunate to be a part of the Tanglewood community for more than 20 years. Tomorrow – and every day after – we will continue to work alongside community partners to provide the necessary emotional support and resources to the students and families we serve.


From CIS student ➑ to site coordinator! πŸŽ‰

Meet Miracle Mozzee (right), the new site coordinator at Northwoods Middle School – and a CIS alum! As a middle school student, Miracle attended Northwoods and worked one-on-one with site coordinator Lee McLeod Armstrong (left).

"CIS paved a foundation for me, creating opportunities for a path to success. I am humbled to be a part of the mission and vision of CISSC because kids have potential – they just need someone to help unlock it, just like Ms. McLeod did for me. Her impact truly changed my life and I am excited for the opportunity to pay it forward. Thank you all for welcoming me to the team." – Miracle Mozzee

Photos from Communities In Schools of South Carolina's post 03/26/2022


Last week, site coordinator Susan Key took students to play with the Columbia Chess Club. Students like Mark (2nd photo) have been playing chess throughout middle and high school as part of the CIS program.

Chess teaches students how to focus and concentrate, think strategically, and weigh complex options before making a decision – fostering intellectual and social development.


Meet CISSC Board Member, Sue Ugenti! ✨

Sue has been involved with CIS for more than 16 years – first serving on the Upstate’s Board of Directors before rolling onto the new statewide board last year.

Sue has lived in the Upstate for 20 years, and is a project manager at Fluor Corporation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family – as well as her cats!

β€œI am inspired to see the positive impact CIS coordinators make in the lives of children. The coordinators teach students to believe in themselves, set goals, make good choices, and recover from challenging situations while working alongside teachers and family members to make a lasting difference.”

At CISSC, we are grateful to be surrounded by a community of supporters like Sue who dedicate so much time and talent to our mission.


Join us in celebrating Ms. Beverly Jackson! πŸŽ‰

This month, she was presented with an award in recognition of her ✨22 years✨ of service.

As a site coordinator at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Empowerment Enrichment Academy, Ms. Jackson fosters relationships that transform how students see themselves and experience the world around them. We are inspired by her dedication to the CIS mission and the community she serves.


Meet our Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations, Robin Haggard! πŸ‘‹

Robin has spent the past 20 years working in youth-serving nonprofits. In 2003, she joined the CIS team, first serving as a site coordinator, then as a program manager, a chief operating officer, and a regional vice president before her most recent promotion. 🀩

"I enjoy going to work every day knowing that I am part of a team of dedicated professionals working together to support and empower youth. My greatest joy is hearing from our alumni who show us how much success is possible when children are equipped with the right supports and encouragement."

Team members like Robin are the reason why the CIS model works – and we appreciate how much time and effort she has invested in being . ✨

Photos from Communities In Schools of South Carolina's post 03/12/2022

Do you know the story of Pura BelprΓ©? Pura was a storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian who championed bilingual literature.πŸ—½πŸ“š

Students at Herbert A. Wood Elementary in Lexington School District Two got to learn about her this week through the inspiring picture book π˜—π˜­π˜’π˜―π˜΅π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘡𝘰𝘳π˜ͺ𝘦𝘴: π˜›π˜©π˜¦ π˜“π˜ͺ𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 π˜“π˜ͺ𝘣𝘳𝘒𝘳π˜ͺ𝘒𝘯 𝘒𝘯π˜₯ 𝘚𝘡𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘡𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 π˜—π˜Άπ˜³π˜’ π˜‰π˜¦π˜­π˜±π˜³Γ© – read by Author Anika Aldamuy Denise! 🌻

Books are key to sharing experiences and expanding students’ worlds. We are beyond grateful to Anika for sharing this important story, and for also stopping by Sandel Elementary to read another book of hers called π˜›π˜©π˜¦ π˜“π˜°π˜·π˜¦ π˜“π˜¦π˜΅π˜΅π˜¦π˜³. πŸ’Œ


πŸ“£ In case you missed it!

🎯 Target shoppers in the Midlands and the Upstate can vote for us until March 31st!

Learn more about the Target Circle loyalty program below. ‡️

πŸ“£ Calling all Target shoppers in the Midlands and the Upstate! You can now show your support for CISSC and the students we serve with Target Circle.

Target Circle is a loyalty program for Target shoppers, with one benefit being the ability to earn votes to help direct where Target gives locally. From now until March 31st, you can cast votes for us! 🎯

Already a Target Circle user? Simply cast your vote within the app or online at

If you're a Target shopper who isn't using the app yet, download it today! Not only will you be able to help local non-profits like us, but you'll also get 1% back on every purchase, free next day deliveries, and other perks.

Photos from Communities In Schools of South Carolina's post 03/09/2022

It’s International Women's Day! Here's to the 45 women on our team who represent 85% of CISSC – and to all of the girls and women we work with. 🀩✨

These are a few of them! ‡️


Empowering students to shoot their shot in school – and beyond! β›ΉπŸΎβœ¨

A dedicated CISSC mentor at St. John's High School recently took two upperclassmen to visit a College of Charleston
basketball game. Mentoring and college prep work are important parts of our Integrated Student Support services, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to connect students with a community of people and resources designed to help them succeed.


Happy Women's History Month‼️

We're proud to work with the current and future generation of girls and women who are making history every day.

Happy ! As CIS continues to support and empower girls and women by providing basic needs, tutoring, social support, and more - we want to celebrate the contributions they have made throughout history and recognize their specific achievements


Meet our Regional Director of Development for the Midlands, Latasha Taste! ✨

Latasha has been a part of the CIS team since 2019. Her primary role is cultivating philanthropic relationships and securing funding to operate student support services in Lexington, Richland, and Fairfield counties. Latasha works alongside corporate businesses and local municipalities to ensure the sustainability of the CIS model in the Midlands.

Originally from Cross, South Carolina, Latasha is a proud alumnus of the Berkeley County School District! She went on to earn her BA in Marketing from SC State University. Prior to joining CIS, she worked for the SCRA, USC's College of Computing & Engineering, and served on the board of Cayce-West Columbia Junior Chamber, a national Junior Chamber where her fundraising career began.

Latasha is passionate about bringing the right people together to instill change – especially in rural communities with limited access to resources.

✍🏾 Hear more from Latasha in our February e-Newsletter ➑️

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