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Samad is a young man who came to Lakota with significant trauma in his past. These traumas, along with having been skipped up a grade level presented a young 6th grade boy with major behavior issues. He was extremely impulsive and disruptive in class, frequently calling out things and interrupting others and even his teachers. He […]

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Adriana, an 8th grader at TAF@Saghalie was referred to our School Outreach Coordinator, Kimberly Foster, because of her low attendance and things that were going on at home that affected her performance at school. She had missed a lot of days, and as a new student, had yet to find her place at the school. […]

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Yasmine met our School Outreach Coordinator, Fatou Bah, at Tyee High School while Fatou was speaking French to some students in her office. Yasmine’s face lit up as she stated, “I didn’t know you spoke French!” This sparked a connection between Yasmine and Fatou.  In learning more about Yasmine through her teachers and her mother, […]

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Rontreace and Juan met our School Outreach Coordinator, Darius Alexander, at Saghalie Middle School five years ago. At Saghalie, both students struggled academically and had behavior issues. They would both often skip class or be kicked out due to bad behavior. Darius came to realize that both boys lacked a stable relationship with their fathers and […]

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Whitney, a Senior at Todd Beamer High School, was referred to our School Outreach Coordinator, Gina Forest, by her ROTC teacher. Whitney was one of his top cadets but he was worried about her attendance and some hardships she was facing at home with her mother’s health.  Whitney was working extra shifts to help as […]

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Mariela, an 8th grade student at Sequoyah Middle School, was a student who often “slipped through the cracks,” meaning she never got in trouble for discipline, but she also did not really exceed in her classes. Often times, her peers who needed constant intervention got the most attention, and the kids who were acing all […]

The Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive starts July 29th and runs through August 16th. All new school supplies donated during this time will be matched pound-for-pound by Red Canoe Credit Union. Drop off locations include: Communities In Schools of Federal Way (1825 S. 316th St., Federal Way) Red Canoe Credit Union FW South King […]

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Four years ago, Connor was a freshman living in unstable housing when he was referred to our School Outreach Coordinator, Kaitlin Thomas, at Federal Way High School. He was in need of food, clothing and most importantly the stability of a caring adult relationship and someone to talk to. Connor was living with his three […]

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Our January Newsletter is here! In this Issue: Annual Report New Staff Spotlights CIS Announces Challenge School Winners Student Spotlights CIS Alumni Program Spotlight National Mentoring Month