Aurora, Illinois (November 26, 2014) – The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has named Communities In Schools of Aurora as a grant recipient for 2014. The $11,576 award supports the use of computers as important teaching tools in the MyTime Afterschool programs, the purchase of an Identification Printer used for all CIS employees to gain access to school facilities, and computer upgrades to help staff with important student and parent reports along with reports needed for our local and national offices.
“This grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley will help us continue with many of the services we are providing to students we serve in our Aurora public schools. We will be in a much stronger position to help students in our MyTime Afterschool programs who may not have access to a computer at home,” stated Theresa Shoemaker, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Aurora. “CIS is very proud of the work we are doing to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”
Aurora students who are engaged in our programs become a part of the fabric of leadership that we refer to as our “Five Basics” including: 1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult 2. A safe place to learn and grow 3. A healthy start and a healthy future 4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation and 5. A chance to give back to peers and community. Each of these Basics along with our mission help us to drive our efforts to help get Aurora students to graduate with the minimum of a High School diploma.
About Communities In Schools of Aurora
Communities In Schools of Aurora is a nonprofit agency working with four school districts in Aurora; East Aurora School District #131, West Aurora School District #129, Indian Prairie School District #204 and Oswego School District #308. Nationally, we are a part of an organization that has been awarded with outstanding work as the nation’s number one dropout prevention organization. Locally, we have a unique model that positions a coordinator inside schools to assess needs and deliver necessary resources to remove barriers to success. www.cisaurora.org
About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County, Illinois. It is the mission of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to provide effective and rewarding ways for donors to fulfill their philanthropic objectives. For more information on the Community Foundation, please visit its website at www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org