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Nev. organization awarded Friend to Public Education Award
by Tribune Staff
Nov 26, 2012 | 2355 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — This past weekend, the Nevada Association of School Boards presented Communities In Schools of Nevada (CISN) the Individual Friend to K-12 Public Education award. Nominated by the Elko County School District (ECSD), CISN has been instrumental in working in conjunction with the school district and community businesses to establish effective supplemental programming and oversight for students. The Communities In Schools organization advocates on behalf of K-12 public education in Nevada

Communities In Schools of Northeastern Nevada’s CIS Academy Director, Amy Martindale and Executive Director, Melissa Aguirre and CISN CEO Terri Clark were on-hand to receive the statewide award at a ceremony on Nov. 17 in Reno.

CISN was recognized for the effectiveness of the many programs serving students across region. The largest of these programs are the hunger prevention initiatives developed to provide the nutrition students need to come to school prepared to learn. During the last year, CISN served 36,876 breakfasts and after-school snacks in addition to 5,454 backpacks of nutritious food to help “food fragile” children make it through the weekend.

Jeff Zander, ECSD Superintendent, explained, “Partnerships with organizations like Communities In Schools make it possible for our schools to focus on the business of education and our students to focus on learning,”

Other impactful programs assist families with access to immunizations, flu shots, counseling services, hygiene and winter clothing. The organization assisted ECSD nurses with providing 74 children with 145 doses of childhood immunizations in order to attend school and 891 flu vaccines at ECSD schools. Free counseling was given to 91 students, through direct and indirect clinical teen counseling hours, that needed a little more than mentoring to overcome their challenges. Proper clothing and hygiene is crucial for student’s success in the classroom, which is why CISN provided 81 pieces of winter clothing to local children as well as 94 hygiene packs containing soap, shampoo and dental products to local elementary and middle schools.

For more information on CISN, visit www.cisnevada.org.
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