Lake Dallas ISD announced the addition of Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT) to Lake Dallas High School, making it the third campus in the district with a CISNT site coordinator.
The campus along with the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce welcomed CISNT with a ribbon cutting at the high school on Wednesday.
State Rep. Lynn Stucky, former State Rep. Myra Crownover, local business leaders, city and police representatives, CISNT executives and board members along with LDISD administrators, staff and students attended the celebration and ribbon cutting.
“We are thrilled to expand our Communities in Schools program to Lake Dallas High School,” Gayle Stinson, LDISD superintendent said. “It is a crucial program for our district because it empowers students to reach their full potential in the classroom and in the home.”
Ann Pape, CISNT CEO, spoke of the importance of the partnership at the Lake Cities Chamber coffee prior to the ribbon cutting.
“Our work in schools is a partnership with the school and the community,” Pape said. “Our goal is to help students overcome the barriers that keep them from succeeding in school and help them stay in school to get that education and degree that will give them opportunities in the future. We are looking for business and community members to volunteer and mentor. Students thrive when they have a caring adult that is interested in their future.”
Lizet DeRojas is the new site coordinator at LDHS, but she is not new to CISNT or LDISD. DeRojas started the first program at Lake Dallas elementary five years ago and moved to Lake Dallas Middle School two years ago to implement the program there.
Her experience and relationships with the students give her the opportunity begin the program at LDHS seamlessly.
“Our whole purpose is to surround each student with a community of support to empower them stay in school,” Pape said. “We are celebrating that we now have a program at Lake Dallas Elementary, Lake Dallas Middle and Lake Dallas High. Lizet will be able to continue this feeder pattern of support and expand upon the relationships she has made with students and their siblings.”
CIS site coordinators provide a unique service as they work with the school’s staff to assess student needs and provide resources to help students overcome barriers and ultimately graduate. They also partner with local businesses, social service agencies, and community members to provide mentoring, tutoring, food, school supplies, counseling, college support and a safe place to be after school.
CIS serves over 4,000 elementary, middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out across Lewisville, Lake Dallas, Denton, Little Elm, Northwest and Bridgeport ISDs.