Communities In Schools focuses on meeting the unique needs of students and schools in their local communities, while participating in a strong national and statewide network with a long history of working to keep kids in school.
The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable.
From this grassroots beginning, Communities In Schools grew into the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, now in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Communities In Schools began operating in Washington in 1991 at the urging of Boeing, Costco and other business and education leaders. They were concerned about the burden on public schools, which were increasingly expected to provide for the basic needs of students in addition to education.
Communities In Schools offered a solution with its comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective strategy, as well as evidence of success in other parts of the country. With support from major employers, Communities In Schools of Washington took root and now operates in 20 school districts statewide.
Serving Auburn Kids Since 1985
Originally called the Auburn School Lunch Fund, Communities In Schools of Auburn was established in 1985 by caring community members who wanted to help students in need. In 2001 the Fund became part of the Communities In Schools Network, believing more could be done as part of a nationwide effort embracing the connection of community resources with schools. Communities In Schools of Auburn now provides services for students focused on two of the most significant risk factors for dropping out, poverty and lack of academic success. While the organization continues to assist students in need throughout Auburn, they target their more concentrated support and academic programs on five elementary schools and three middle schools with high rates of poverty and English Language Learners.