Statewide Merger Aimed at Serving More Students – Communities In Schools of South Carolina

South Carolina – Communities In Schools (CIS), a leading provider of social and emotional support programs across the country and in South Carolina’s public schools, announced publicly that they have merged three previous existing state affiliates in Greenville, the Midlands, and the Charleston area, to form Communities In Schools of South Carolina (CISSC).

Jamie Cooper, President & CEO of CISSC, shared the news Monday, announcing that the statewide merger will allow the organization to make a greater impact across the state. “From sharing resources and best practices, to deepening our impact in existing regions while also expanding services to more rural communities, our team is committed to centering students and their families in our work throughout South Carolina. “Together, through the ‘power of one’ organized entity, we are prepared to provide necessary supports to thousands of South Carolina students.””

As students return to the classroom for the 2021-22 schoolyear, the organization will work with 40 site coordinators to provide programming in 34 partnering schools, supporting more than 18,000 students with critical social and emotional support programming. Molly Spearman, South Carolina Superintendent of Education, commented, “By delivering integrated student supports and high quality Social Emotional Learning opportunities, Communities In Schools works alongside educators across the state to empower our students who are most at risk and in need of support.” Spearman continues, “the impact of COVID has increased this need in many of our schools for tens of thousands of underserved students.”

Earlier this year, state officials shared that in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, 16,000 students were reported missing from South Carolina schools during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020. Kenton Kelley, CIS Alumni, and current CISSC board member acknowledged the critical timing of this merger and much needed supports throughout the state. “As our country, state, and communities move into the recovery phase of Covid-19, education is the new frontline of this pandemic. Therefore, unified educational supports and investments are needed now more than ever.”

To support the organization through their merger and join them in the Power of One, visit cisofsc.org, or email Kristin Garner, Vice President of External Affairs, at kgarner@cisofsc.org.

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Communities In Schools® of South Carolina ensures every student, regardless of race, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. Working directly inside more than 32 Title I schools across the state of South Carolina, we connect students to caring adults and community resources that help them see, confront, and overcome the barriers that stand between them and a brighter future. Together, we construct a powerful change movement made up of peers, students, and alumni committed to building an equitable path to education for future generations.


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