CIS of Kalamazoo receives National Award!

CIS of Kalamazoo Receives National
2015 Unsung Heroes Award
Arcadia Elementary School Named One of 10 Honorees

[Kalamazoo, MI] — Kalamazoo is once again in the national spotlight as Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo/Arcadia Elementary School has been named a 2015 Unsung Heroes Awards winner. CIS of Kalamazoo was recognized for their work at Arcadia Elementary School for helping students overcome obstacles to succeed in school and achieve in life. This award is a reflection of Kalamazoo’s investment in both its children and schools and recognizing CIS as a vehicle for implementing that support.

“Arcadia Elementary School is a shining example of what can happen when we work together for kids. This award is shared by all of us—The Kalamazoo Public Schools, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo, our volunteers, partners, and donors—all dedicated to meeting students’ needs,” said Pam Kingery executive director, CIS of Kalamazoo. “Along with the talented KPS teachers, staff, and administrators, we will continue working with the community to serve the students at Arcadia as well as students in the nineteen additional KPS schools that CIS is in.”

Arcadia Elementary School of Kalamazoo Public Schools is one of 10 Unsung Heroes Awards winners and one of four sites honored in the school category by the national Communities In Schools’ network. The award highlights successful implementation of the proven site coordinator model in a partner school.

“At Communities In Schools, Unsung Hero is synonymous with dedication and commitment to serving students,” said Gary Chapman, executive vice president, Communities In Schools. “Each of our affiliates is inspiring and a true example of going the extra mile and of breaking down nonacademic barriers to student success. We’re thrilled to recognize the work being done at Arcadia Elementary School.”

The Unsung Heroes Awards were created in 2007 to give national recognition to local schools, communities and Communities In Schools’ site coordinators for changing the picture of education in America. Communities In Schools’ Unsung Heroes are keeping kids in school, doing whatever it takes to eliminate barriers and never giving up, on anyone. Last January, Kalamazoo was one of four communities in the country given a “Community of Excellence” award by National CIS. This year’s 2015 honorees were recognized at the Communities In Schools’ Leadership Town Hall, held in New Orleans, La., Thursday evening, Jan. 22.

The complete list of 2015 honorees, with links to videos and full profiles of each, can be found here: http://www.communitiesinschools.org/our-work/unsung-heroes-awards-2015. Arcadia’s video may be seen by clicking here.