Communities In Schools

Elliot Sanders

Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary schoolteacher Melody McClain says about 89 percent of students who attend the school are living below the poverty level. School lunch programs and other endeavors assist these students in getting the nourishment and education they need, but regular class work leaves little time for other lessons in subjects like etiquette.

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State Sen. Tommy Williams, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, stopped by Vincent Middle School in Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for a first-hand look at the Communities In Schools (CIS) program in action. More specifically, Williams was there to observe the CIS drop-out prevention effort.

He met with a group of students, teachers and staff in the Vincent library. CIS coordinator Karen Moore described how the program helped students set goals and deal with stress brought on by life situations outside of the school.

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