About Us 2017-06-22T13:57:09+00:00

What makes us different from other organizations?

Since 1997, Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County has stepped in to assist local children living without the tools and support systems they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Sherri Dry and Makayla clown around during a recent celebration at Southwest Elementary School.

Sherri Dry and Makayla clown around during a recent celebration at Southwest Elementary School.

We’re advocates: We speak for children who cannot speak for themselves, connecting them to critical community resources through a school-based coordinator and providing every CIS-enrolled student with a mentor from the local community who will offer encouragement and friendship.

We’re cost-effective: 80 cents of every dollar you donate to CIS goes directly toward supporting the children in our programs.

We’re successful: We are an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates. Our evidence-based approach results in an average 93% or higher annual promotion rate and a 93% or higher annual graduation rate among the students in the 24 local schools we serve.

Please consider sharing the gift of success with a student in need by making a tax-deductible donation to Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County at our secure website.

From all of us at Communities In Schools, thank you for your continued support.



Providing hope, one student at a time.


Together, we are making a difference

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Join us Nov. 8!

Grab your running buddies and lace up for the second annual Lexington City Schools Backpack

NEW! Lexington City Schools will now accept food donations.

The Backpack Programs at South Lexington Primary, Charles England Elementary, Pickett Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Lexington

YMCA Partnership

New for the 2014/15 school year - mentors are invited to use the J. Smith Young

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By supporting our work, you ensure that students in our community have everything they need to be successful in school and life after graduation.