What do you love?

We know you love seeing kids succeed. We do too! What else do you love? We polled a few CIS partners, volunteers, and staff. Here is what they said:

 

 

 

I love the possibilities…as seen through my seven-year-old, her friends, and this community.

-Jennifer Johnson, Executive Director, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

 

The Great Lakes—all of them.

-John Brandon, CIS Partner Services Coordinator

 

What I love is lip gloss!

-Tamiko Garrett, CIS Site Coordinator at Linden Grove Middle School

 

I love seeing kids being happy.

-Amy Kuchta, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring

 

I love when students/staff/teachers tells me, “Thanks for all that you do!” Go CIS!

-Levi Soto, CIS Site Coordinator at El Sol Elementary School

 

If I had to choose one thing, it’d be the sound of children laughing and playing!

-Stacy S. Jackson, CIS After School Coordinator at Edison Environmental Science Academy

 

I love cooking. One of my favorite things to make is Zuni Café Chicken. You can find the recipe here.

-Amy Terzino, CIS Executive Assistant

 

I love Harry Potter audio books. There are two narrators and people get very heated about which one they prefer. I like listening to Jim Dale. He has a very calm voice which works better with narration. Stephen Fry does a good job with the character voices. But when I want to be calm and mindful, I just prefer Jim Dale’s soothing voice.

-Carly Denny, CIS Site Coordinator at Prairie Ridge Elementary School

 

I love my life.

-Tracie Hall, CIS Finance Coordinator

 

Walking in the woods on a fresh, fall day.

-Sally Stevens, CIS Volunteer

 

I love talking with former students about their progress in life.

-Von Washington Jr., Executive Director, Community Relations

 

I love my first cup of coffee on Saturday morning.

-Jenna Cooperrider, CIS Success Coach at Kalamazoo Central High School

 

I love seeing parents beam with pride while taking smartphone videos of their young musician at Kids In Tune.

-Liz Youker, Vice President, Education and Community Partnerships, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

 

Besides coffee, I love when children ask other children, “Are you alright?” It shows the building of empathy and caring.

-Aisha Coulson-Walters, CIS Site Coordinator at Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School

 

Lake Michigan and the bike trails that can get you there from Kalamazoo.

-John Curran, Executive Director, First Day Shoe Fund

 

Stand-up comedy!

-Deondra Ramsey, CIS After School Coordinator for Washington Writers Academy

 

Singing. I was a voice performance major in college.

-Nicky Aiello, CIS Volunteer and Development Coordinator

 

Thanks for sharing! We love hearing what you love. We especially love all the support you and our Ask Us About Our 12,000 Kids readers show Kalamazoo Public School students by sharing your time, talents, and financial gifts with Communities In Schools. Thank you for working with us to help students stay in school and achieve in life.

 

 

 

Tell us what you love!

We know you love seeing kids succeed. We do too! What else do you love? We polled a few folks and here is what they said:

 

Coffee.

-Keely Novotny, CIS Site Coordinator at Edison Environmental Science Academy

 

Sharing music with the youth of Kalamazoo.

-Paul Bauer, Kalamazoo Kids in Tune Percussion Instructor at Woods Lake Elementary

 

Socks.

-ONeal Ollie, CIS Success Coach at Loy Norrix High School

 

Great partners like Scarlet Vasquez of the N Motion Dance Club.

-Elyse Brey, CIS Director of Elementary Sites

 

Books! All kinds of books, and getting my after school kids to find out what they like to read and seeing them excited about learning through stories.

-Bri Fonville, CIS After School Coordinator at El Sol Elementary School

 

My Goddaughter, Taliyah.

-Artrella Cohn, CIS Director of Secondary Sites

 

Standing in the crisp morning air watching a sunrise.

-Jen Nitz, CIS After School Coordinator at Maple Street Magnet School

 

Girl power!

-Laura Vander Beek, Registration Coordinator, Girls on the Run

 

Coaching the youth.

-Montrell Baker, Senior CIS Site Coordinator at Loy Norrix High School

 

To my surprise, I love running. I’m training to run a 5 K!

-Linda Thompson, CIS Director of Elementary Sites

 

Feeling the warm sun on my face.

-Katherine Williamson, CIS After School Coordinator at Hillside Middle School

 

As the mother of a graduating senior heading off to college, I love the Promise!

-Lisa Knutson, KPS Parent

 

Investing in “my kids” in the after school program.

-Alexis Arocho, CIS After School Coordinator at Prairie Ridge Elementary School

 

My puppy, Zeus.

-Phillip Hegwood, CIS After School Coordinator at Woodward

 

Nature and being outside.

-Nicole Wilkinson, CIS After School Coordinator at Spring Valley Center for Exploration

 

When a student who has been struggling finally gets it…I love seeing that!

-Peter Aranda, KPS Teacher at Maple Street Magnet School

 

Thanks for sharing! We love seeing all the support you show Kalamazoo Public School students by sharing your time, talents, and financial gifts with Communities In Schools so we can help them help them stay in school and achieve in life.

 

 

 

Love Is A Fifteen Letter Word

Synonymous with love, a Site Coordinator is, in the words of one CIS board member, the “secret sauce” in what we do. These passionate men and women show up day after day for our kids. Warriors for change, Site Coordinators see the challenges our kids face and offer up new possibilities. Much of their work is behind the scenes, performing the often thankless but essential nitty-gritty tasks that allow students to take advantage of community resources. Site Coordinators are the grease that keeps the CIS model of integrated student services moving forward by obtaining the right signatures on the right forms, juggling multiple schedules, coordinating care for students, and inputting data into the computer to track progress.

Site Coordinators are…

Bridge builders….connecting children to the right resources and caring adults, to assure they are on the right road to succeed in school and life.

Enfolders….helping us lovingly wrap our collective arms around our children.

Mirrors….reflecting all things possible.

Influencers…inviting caring adults to inspire kids to change and become the people they are meant to be.

Navigators…mapping courses to success, these route-seekers, direction-finders guide the community’s work within the schools, clearing a path for kids to reach their promise.

Excavators…moving mountains working alongside volunteers, school and community partners by removing rocks—one at a time—that stand in the way of building the most important foundation for a healthy community…our children.

Gulnar Husain, Stacy Salters, Stephanie Walther, Missy Best, Bonnie Terrentine, Abigail Nappier, Derek Miller, Jody Sikkema, Leslie Poucher, Martha Serio, Larry D. Manley, Jr., Rachel Boomsma, Kevin Lavender, Jr., Donyll Lewis, Emily Demorest, Lisa Brown, Deb Yarbrough, and Jenee McDaniel, we want you to know we love you. Thank you for all you do for our kids.

Site Coordinators. You’ve got to love ‘em. And we do.