2012.03.21 Rene Gonzales: Help keep students in school

Written by David Green.

Every twenty-six seconds a child drops out of school. Less than three quarters of the students who enter the ninth grade graduate four years later.  

At Communities In Schools of Lenawee, we help the kids facing the greatest challenges empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

Communities In Schools (CIS) places site coordinators in schools to benefit students most in need and their families. These site coordinators fulfill student needs by mobilizing existing community resources and fostering cooperative partnerships.  

CIS utilizes evidence-based research to support their model. This model demonstrated the strongest reduction in dropout rates according to an independent study. We believe this evidence of effectiveness is to ensure that children, particularly those most in need are provided programs proven to be effective. This approach would also ensure adequate protection of taxpayer dollars.

As the President and Congress deliberate education legislation like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we hope they support opportunities to include funding for site coordinators to use evidence-based programs as a fundamental part of school reform.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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