Kennedy Elementary principal Cris Anderson traveled to New
Orleans last week to receive the National Communities in Schools' Unsung Heroes
Award on behalf of her school. The annual award is presented to schools
that are able to challenge students academically, knowing that students’
non-academic needs are being met through organizations such as Communities in Schools. Anderson
believes in the benefits of the Communities in Schools model and has consistently been receptive
as well as proactive in doing whatever it takes to bring in resources to support students.
“When we all work together, we have greater power to impact student success.
It’s a community effort, and the gains will pay off to us in our community,”
she said. Award recipients included Mrs. Anderson, Stacie Jackson, Kennedy's Communities
in Schools site coordinator and Erika Dvorske from the United Way of Douglas County. Communities in Schools at Kennedy is funded by the United Way of Douglas County and other local and nationwide contributors.