Four Clues that School is About to Start

Summer is almost over. While Kalamazoo Public Schools reminds us that the first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th, there are a few other clues at CIS that school is just around the corner.

Clue #1:  Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo is bursting with fresh, new back to school supplies for students.

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From pencils, to notebooks, and backpacks, local businesses, faith-based groups, other organizations, and community members have been generous in helping our kids get off to a great start. We thank you all! We also give a shout out to our AmeriCorps VISTAS who helped with packing and organizing the wonderful contributions our kids will soon be receiving. A special thanks to our AmeriCorps VISTAS!

(Left to right) CIS Office Assistant Shayla Palmer and Lead AmeriCorps VISTA Lauren Longwell in the CIS Conference room work on packing up supplies.
(Left to right) CIS Office Assistant Shayla Palmer and Lead AmeriCorps VISTA Lauren Longwell in the CIS Conference room work on packing up supplies.

Clue #2:  We can’t find Elyse Brey’s office. As CIS Director of Elementary Sites, she always keeps her space nice and organized but with all the back to school supplies and boxes we can’t seem to find her desk. (We’re not complaining. Keep the donations coming as our kids need them!)

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Clue #3:  We are starting to see our floors again! Allied sent us two great movers—Craig Peterson and Archie Swindle—to get the resources to the right schools where our CIS Site Coordinators and their team can get them to the right kids!

Archie Swindle heading up ramp with school supplies. Craig Peterson inside the truck.
Archie Swindle heading up ramp with school supplies. Craig Peterson inside the truck.

Clue #4:  This week, as part of our “Back to School Launch,” we’re seeing some fabulous “seasoned” as well as new faces. Here’s a few CIS staff who will be supporting our kids and the many volunteers and partners who work with us throughout 20 Kalamazoo Public Schools. What do these wonderful faces all have in common? They are all proud graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools!

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