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Thank You For Your Leadership,

Jane Riley-Gambrell!


THE MANY GRADUATIONS OF LIFE are in the thick of the most exciting time of the year here at CIS - Graduation! Graduation indicates accomplishment, celebration, hopes for the future and an exciting new chapter in one's life.  

Thinking back over the past twenty-four years of graduations I have experienced as the Executive Director at Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area (CIS), I can honestly say the excitement never dampens.   

On Friday, May 26, I stood with my CIS team and shared with them my own graduation graduation into retirement.  Together we reflected on all the amazing things we have accomplished, 

celebrated the successes of our students and looked ahead with hope and excitement for the future for the organization and the students we support.


The mix of emotions isn't one easily explained, but while I head on to the next chapter of my life, I find a great deal of comfort in knowing that the CIS Board of Directors, staff and our partners are dedicated to continued support for Lowcountry children in need. 


Our team's passion for supporting under resourced students with their social and emotional needs to increase graduation rates - is as strong as ever.


CIS isn't just great because of us. It is great because of each of you as well.  Your dedication through volunteer hours, donations, passion and support for our mission have together made CIS the success that it is today. I truly hope that you, like me, take a great deal of pride in what we have accomplished together.


While this experience naturally creates a time for reflection, please join me in also looking towards the future of CIS and seeing all the great things that are yet to come.  


Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful journey.



Jane Riley-Gambrell 


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During the 2015-16 year, we served nearly 12,000 young people in 25 schools. Of those students, 952 received case-managed services.
We are proud to say that of those case-managed students:

  • 98% were promoted to the next grade level

  • 75% maintained adequate or improved attendance

  • 82% maintained a C or higher in Math or increased from a failing to a passing grade

  • 86% maintained a C or higher in ELA or increased from a failing grade to a passing grade
  • 93% improved or maintained positive school behavior

  • 98% of seniors graduated (73% went to college, 6% joined the military, 21% entered the workforce)

Thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors, CIS has helped thousands of children excel in schools throughout the Charleston region. Read some of our SUCCESS STORIES.



Music Tells the Story

Music Tells the Story is an expanding project to provide music education and enrichment for elementary school students.  Composer/songwriter/performer Ayala Asherov-Kalus works with students at Burns Elementary School to turn their poems and stories into real compositions played by celebrated Charleston musicians.

Click on the image below to watch a great video about the program.




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