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Nevada’s CIS Academy program expands with $178K donation

Ronnie Guerzon, Principal of Canyon Springs, Larry Plotkin, CISN Board Member, Susie Lee, CISN Board President, Terri Clark, CEO of CISN, Superintendent Dwight D. Jones, Stephanie Tyler, President of AT&T Nevada, Victor Blancarte, student, Elaine Wynn, National Chair of Communities In Schools, Raj Gupta, teacher. (Photos courtesy of Tonya Harvey)
Ronnie Guerzon, Principal of Canyon Springs, Larry Plotkin, CISN Board Member, Susie Lee, CISN Board President, Terri Clark, CEO of CISN, Superintendent Dwight D. Jones, Stephanie Tyler, President of AT&T Nevada, Victor Blancarte, student, Elaine Wynn, National Chair of Communities In Schools, Raj Gupta, teacher. (Photos courtesy of Tonya Harvey)
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Updated: 9/12/2012 1:02 pm
LAS VEGAS – AT&T presented a check for $178,000 on Tuesday to Communities In Schools of Nevada as a part of the AT&T Aspire program. CISN will use the contribution to grow the CIS Academy at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas and at Spring Creek High School in Elko.

At a news event at Canyon Springs High School, CISN accepted the contribution and announced student improvement results in attendance and suspensions that have contributed to their 94 percent graduation rate.

“Yesterday, we proudly shared data that outlines how we are closing the achievement gap for our students through proven programs at CISN. It is because of AT&T’s past support through its Aspire program that we can continue to expand our outreach and help students graduate,” said Elaine Wynn, National Chair of Communities In Schools. “Our work is about believing in our students and giving that extra push forward to help them succeed.”

Because of its solid record of proven results, Communities In Schools of Nevada was named as one of 47 recipients nationwide that will share in nearly $10 million from AT&T. With more than 1 million students effected since its launch in 2008, the AT&T Aspire program is one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program this year, bringing the total commitment to $350 million.

“We are fortunate to be a part of Communities In Schools of Nevada as they serve students and spark change in the Clark County School District and across the state. They have become a national model in helping students graduate that we proudly support,” said Stephanie Tyler, president of AT&T Nevada.

-- From news release
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