Holidays can be a challenging time for many families, so to help, we are collecting gift card donations throughout the holiday season to help families celebrate in a way that’s meaningful to them. Suggested Gift Cards Amazon Fred Meyer Target Wallmart When purchasing gift cards, please make sure you are purchasing physical cards and have […]

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 […]

Many of the students and their families that we work with face daily challenges.  This can make the holiday season especially stressful as they face a holiday without that special holiday meal or gifts. You can help brighten the holiday for someone and adopt a student and their family. Sign up today at

School can be a place of anxiety or joy. The dedicated staff at CISR work every day with members of the Renton School District to create positive learning environments where every student can thrive. This reflection from an Academic Liaison demonstrates just that: An 8th grade girl was struggling in many areas- her attendance, her […]

For a prime example that shows “schools can’t do it alone” read our story below, told by a Renton teacher.  CISR steps in time and time again to provide wrap-around services. Teacher- Renton School District: A parent of my student was completely out of options and about to become homeless. After they moved in with […]

From A Family Liaison: I just said goodbye to a mother who’s been fighting homelessness since last year, and whose first grader has had to change nighttime residencies 6 times in the last three months, missing a lot of days in between each change. In December, she was heartbroken because they were literally on people’s […]

Letter From A CISR Mentored Student: Dear Mentor, I wanted to tell you how much you mean to me. What I think about you is that I trust you as a friend. I trust you to be my guide for as long as you are my mentor. And I love how you teach me to […]

I’m an Academic Liaison at a Renton Middle School and I began working with this particular student during his 6th grade year. He had a difficult transition into middle school. He struggled with self-confidence, managing multiple classes and keeping himself organized. His biggest obstacle was his lack of self-confidence. Once he got an assignment, he […]

Dear Communities In Schools of Renton, I am writing to share my experiences with a Family Liaison; who is a dynamic and compassionate, dedicated professional. In December of 2012, an incidence of violence touched our community and 3 children lost their mother. The children were brought to my home with the clothes on their backs, […]