Trotting out Thanks

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”          -Novelist Elizabeth Gilbert

What are you thankful for?

At CIS, we are thankful for you. Your support puts CIS Site Coordinators in the schools, directly in the path of students. So when a student is in need—thanks to you—we are able to step in and work with school and community partners to address needs in a coordinated and accountable manner. Thank you for your generosity and all the wonderful forms it comes in: giving your time, your talents, your financial support and resources.

We know parents are also thankful for your support because you “fill the gaps” for their children. As one parent put it, “I want the best for my child but I can’t give them all that they need. I’m so grateful that CIS connected my child to the services she needed.”

Students and their families may not know your name, but they are grateful for you and the

…backpack filled with school supplies you placed on their back at the start of the school year.

…new shoes you slipped on two hurt feet. “These ones don’t have holes or pinch my feet!”

…tutor who visits weekly to help with reading.

…warm coat and boots you provided.

…Thanksgiving meal they will share and enjoy with their family.

The list of grateful goes on.

So, for as long as we have voices, thank you for loving our 12,000+ kids and giving them the opportunity to be the best students and people they can be!

A Few Things We’re Grateful For…

Gratefulness feels good. In fact, research on gratitude has found a connection between gratitude and a whole bunch of good stuff, like better health, improved relationships, and dealing with adversity. At CIS, we stumble over goodness every day. Whether it’s the caring adults and youth who volunteer in the schools or the individual who dropped off a new winter coat at our office, there is goodness happening everywhere!

Here’s a partial list of what we are grateful for:

Teachers. You help us learn and think. You teach us lessons about abc’s and place-values in math while challenging us, loving us, and helping us believe in ourselves and recognize that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. You help us find our place in the world.

Kalamazoo Public Schools, you open your doors to all of our children. As teachers, secretaries, custodians, principals, para-pros, administrators and bus drivers you tend to our most precious resources: children.

CIS Donors. You believe that CIS and the kids of Kalamazoo are a good and worthy investment.

Kids’ Closet Supporters. You give to the CIS Kids’ Closet and organize collection drives to make sure kids have the basic clothing, school supplies, and personal hygiene products that they need so they can attend school with confidence and dignity, ready to focus on learning.

Volunteers & Partners. You give your time, talents, and expertise to benefit Kalamazoo Public School students.  Thank you for being caring adults in our kids’ lives and meeting their academic and basic life needs.

You. As one of our Ask Me About My 12,000 Kids, we know you care about kids and their education. Thank you for keeping us company in 2015!

Our 12,000+ kids. We know many of you face barriers. But you show up to school, take advantage of the school and community supports you receive and you keep moving forward. You are our future and we love you.

We’re taking the next few weeks off from blogging and we’ll meet up with you again, here, in January. In the meantime, before the ball drops on 2016, take a few minutes and help CIS continue its work. If you think it’s important for every child to graduate from high school on time, prepared for post-secondary education and employment, please give us your support. After you’ve donated, encourage your neighbors, friends, and family members to donate as well. CIS and the kids of Kalamazoo need you.

For more information about how to make a donation to CIS, visit the website here.