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
-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.
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