For 25 years, Communities in Schools WA has strived for equity in educational opportunities. We empower those students furthest from educational justice to break through personal challenges. We help them gain access to resources and opportunities so they can overcome barriers between them and an equitable path to education. PacMed Renton proudly sponsors Communities in […]

Alice Lau is our Site Coordinator at Dimmitt Middle School. She recently spoke with our board about the challenges of staying connected to students in a virtual world, and how she overcomes those challenges through leading with compassion. By leading with compassion, Alice creates space for students to be themselves. Alice generously spent some time […]

Restarting school during a global pandemic demands a coordinated community effort. We adapted and evolved our programs in a three phased approach which meets students’ and their families’ increased needs. To meet students’ needs we must focus on: continued support of basic needs, increased focus on social and emotional support, and elevating student voice.  Students furthest from educational […]

As February comes to a close, our celebration of Black History should not. We encourage you to celebrate Black History and Black communities today and every day. Here are a few opportunities: Donate children’s books centering Black stories through the Northwest African American Museum Support Black owned businesses Catch up on Anti-Racism resources

There are many Black Civil Rights Leaders that came before Martin Luther King Jr., stood beside him, or came after, that made it their priority to fight for the freedom of all Black Americans. We encourage you to learn more about their impact, which we’ll feel for generations to come. Learn more here: Black Civil […]

Celebrate Black History Month with a good read. Oprah Magazine gathered some of the all-time best books by Black authors to add to your reading list: from memoirs to fantasy, essays to romance, classics to contemporary. Thanks to the work of African American authors, the world can better understand both the struggles and triumphs of […]

Today we begin celebrating Black History Month. When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. 2021’s theme is Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the first inhabitants of this land. It is important to honor and give thanks to the first stewards of this land, but is also important to recognize the harm in celebrating the colonization and mass genocide of Indigenous People through Columbus Day. On Indigenous People’s Day we encourage you to learn […]

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 – October 15 and is an official celebration of the independence days of eight Latin America countries, and pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with some highlights of people of Hispanic […]

Our hard working school-based team takes a well-earned break during the summers. However, students’ and their families’ needs don’t stop during the summer. Over the past few months over 70 volunteers have shown up to deliver grocery store gift cards and food boxes to students and their families throughout our community, often at a moment’s […]