Communities In Schools of Renton Programs
Since 1995 Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR) Mentor Program has matched community volunteers with Renton public school students in grades 3-12 who may be at risk of academic failure. The program focuses on helping kids further improve their self-esteem, identity, and vision for their future as they journey through their academic career.
The CISR Mentor Program serves students who may be failing classes, have high absenteeism, feel disengaged from school, have difficulty relating to peers positively, lack positive role models, and/or may be dealing with servere cultural difficulties typical of newly arrived immigrants and at risk academically. Students served by CISR most often are low income, ethnic minority students, and living in single parent households.
Family Liason Program
The Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR) Family Liaison Program connects Renton public school students and their families with the appropriate community resources to meet their basic needs and address issues which impact school performance. Each CISR Family Liaison functions as a school staff member and CISR site coordinator, working within the school to address the non-academic needs of students who are at-risk of school failure.
Academic Liaison Program
The Renton School District (RSD) and Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR), with funding from the Seattle Foundation, established the Academic Liaison Program (ALP) at Dimmitt, McKnight and Nelsen Middle Schools, in January 2010. The ALP is an integral part of fulfilling the mission of RSD and CISR; more specifically the program supports the "Getting to Graduation" goals set forth by the Renton School District. The overall goal of the Academic Liaison Program is to help students develop the habits of scholarship and resilence necessary to succeed in high school before transitioning to ninth grade.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
CISR collects donated personal hygiene items, school supplies and household supplies year round. Items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, combs/brushes, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, paper towels, alarm clocks, diapers, wipes, packaged socks, packaged underwear and cleaning supplies are always in great need by the families we serve.