Allentown Pa. (October 21, 2019) – Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS) is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the work of CIS Site Coordinators, who connect kids to the caring adults and community resources that they need to succeed.

Through it’s evidence-based model of Integrated Student Supports, CIS places Site Coordinators directly in 25 schools, serving over 25,000 students across Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks counties. Coordinators partner with teachers, guidance counselors, service agencies, and local companies to create a network of support for students and families that is easy to access and all in one place. By empowering students to overcome nonacademic challenges, CIS helps students enter the classroom ready to learn while strengthening local communities through collective impact along the way.

“Communities In Schools is grateful for the support of PPL in our mission of keeping kids in school and achieving in life,” says Tim Mulligan, President & CEO of Communities In Schools. “This $5,000 grant is an investment in our kids. Thank you to PPL for making their future a whole lot brighter!”

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

“At PPL, supporting the communities we serve takes many forms, including helping young people in the Lehigh Valley stay in school, graduate and flourish,” said Adam Morse, CIS board treasurer. “The PPL Foundation looks to promote educational opportunity and sustainable communities and CIS’ work certainly supports those goals.”

About Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS)

With team members in 35 sites in Allentown School District, Bethlehem Area School District, East Penn School District, Easton Area School District, Reading School District, and Whitehall-Coplay School District, CIS’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS does whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.

About the PPL Foundation

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation will support organizations that are working to create vibrant, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pplcares.com.

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