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May 4, 2022

News Channel 5 School Patrol: Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School rewards attendance

In this segment of School Patrol, News Channel 5 visits Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School to learn more about the Warner Exchange and how it gets students and parents actively involved.

April 15, 2022

Tennessee Voices, Episode 272: Ricki Gibbs and Ali Jenkins, The Warner Exchange

On this episode of the Tennessee Voices video podcast, Principal Ricki Gibbs and Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Ali Jenkins talk about their sense of purpose and how school systems need to go from reactive to proactive in order to serve children better. 

April 7, 2022

McNairy County News: Mentoring at the heart of County CIS Site Coordinators

In McNairy County, CIS of Tennessee has two site coordinators: Terrell Beene (Adamsville High School) and Amy Rhymer (McNairy Central High School). Terrell and Amy both go above and beyond their job descriptions to help students on their respective campuses. Read the article to find out about the work they've done this school year to help students.

March 25, 2022

Nashville Post: Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott continues donation spree throughout Tennessee

Tennessee has constantly been on MacKenzie Scott’s list as she continues to disburse billions of dollars to charities and other causes.

March 22, 2022

Tennessean: How the Warner Exchange brought our community together | Opinion

It's 9 a.m., and my daily attendance phone calls to parents of absent students have begun. Working directly inside Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School as a site coordinator for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Tennessee puts me in a unique position to identify barriers in student success and provide real-time interventions to help alleviate them.

February 17, 2022

Grundy County Herald: Communities In Schools of Tennessee announces $2.5 million gift

Thomas Noel is the CIS site coordinator for Grundy County High School. Tremonisha West, CIS of Tennessee Program Manager, oversees Noel. “Thomas (TJ) Noel came in as a teacher with experience,” West said. “Noel has stepped in to fill students’ needs. He has the ability to fill gaps and work with staff to provide students with opportunities to get them to want to stay in school.”

February 17, 2022

Scott County News: Communities In Schools of TN receives $2.5 Million

Communities In Schools of Tennessee has announced it has received a $2.5 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott — the largest the nonprofit has ever received.

February 15, 2022

Jackson County Sentinel: JCHS Awards Given

Two Jackson County High School students received awards for perfect attendance and good citizenship.

February 14, 2022

Sneedville Shopper: Communities In Schools of Tennessee Announces $2.5 Million Investment to Help Combat Inequities in Education

This unprecedented gift will help CIS-TN site coordinator Lindsey Gibson continue to provide resources and support to students attending Hancock County High School. This school year, Lindsey has partnered with Ballad Health to address period poverty and provided lunch and learns for high school students interested in college and career exploration.

February 10, 2022

McNairy County News: Communities In Schools of Tennessee announces $2.5 million gift to help combat inequities in education

The donation is of note because McNairy County Schools has two Communities In Schools Site Coordinators at Adamsville and McNairy Central High Schools. Terrell Beene; AHS, and Amy Rhymer; MCHS, have been CIS Site Coordinators for the last two school years.

February 9, 2022

Lauderdale County Enterprise: $2.5 Million Gift Received by CIS

Communities In Schools of Tennessee has announced it has received a $2.5 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott — the largest the nonprofit has ever received.

February 9, 2022

WSMV: CIS Tennessee receives large donation to combat inequality in the classroom

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $2.5 million to Communities In Schools of Tennessee last week.