AT&T donates $500,000 to Communities in Schools

McCollum High School is one of five schools across San Antonio that will benefit from AT&T’s $500,000 donation to Communities in Schools (CIS).

The telecommunications corporation presented the check to CIS San Antonio in front of Mayor Ivy Taylor at McCollum High School on Nov. 28. The grant is awarded through AT&T Aspire, an education initiative that funds programs that help students earn their diplomas and prepare for the next step in life.  

“At AT&T we know that technology can fundamentally alter education and simultaneously widen the talent pipeline and AT&T is poised to help drive that change,” said Renee Flores, regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T. “This contribution and our partnership with CIS underscores AT&T’s commitment to CIS’s proven model that helps kids graduate high school and stay on track to bright futures.”

The two-year AT&T Aspire grant will go toward funding site coordinators at McCollum, Lanier, Lee, Roosevelt and Southwest high schools.

“The heart of the CIS program is the presence of caring adults who provide at risk students with academic, social and emotional support,” Flores said.

CIS coordinators connect students and their families to critical and community-based resources tailored to each student’s specific needs. Out of the 8,068 students case-managed by CIS San Antonio, 99 percent stayed in school and 93 percent improved in academics, behavior and attendance.

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