We need your help safely spreading the love of reading this summer to local neighborhoods! Connect with us to learn how you can help get books in the hands of children and youth this summer! Contact Chelsea@ciswhatcom-skagit.org for more information.

We are honored to be mentioned in Governor Jay Inslee’s historic declaration of January as Mentoring Month! “Thousands of students across Washington are in need of a caring adult in their lives, and meeting this need will require investment, partnerships and volunteers ready to make a difference” WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE If you are […]

We recognize the urgency to meet the immediate needs of students and families in diverse communities across Washington State in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, while seizing the opportunity for transformation, paving our way for our students to heal and return to a system of public education that places students at the center

Check out the video below to see how our team of caring, adult mentors has been working hard this fall to connect youth, children and families in Blaine, Ferndale, Bellingham and Mount Vernon with supportive services and needed resources to stay engaged and connected to school during this global health crisis.

Recently, NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’neal joined the Communities In Schools National Board of Directors. “Every kid, no matter where they’re from or how much money their parents make, deserves the opportunity to get a good education,” said O’Neal. “My education was critical to my success on and off the court. Being in school gave me self-discipline […]

At this year’s Ken Gass Community Builder Awards Ceremony, the Whatcom Family and Community Network presented an award to the Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit team, for their work building community in Whatcom county.

CIS was recently awarded a community support grant to provide trauma-informed, one-to-one and group tele-mentoring supports and services for students in Whatcom county. This work includes connecting struggling students to needed basic resources, technology, and a caring adult who will coach them through their educational experience, during school closure and beyond. The First Federal Community […]

Deanna works at Vista Middle School in Ferndale, where she is a member of the Student Support Team. As a Communities In Schools Site Coordinator, she meets with a caseload of students on a regular basis, individually mentoring them and connecting with their families to make sure they have what they need to be successful […]