Distance Learning Superstars!

Communities In Schools (CIS) is thrilled to recognize more than 60 hard-working students through our Distance Learning Reward Program!

Adapting to Distance Learning has been challenging for many students in part due to barriers like lack of internet access, reliable connectivity and guidance in using online platforms. Certainly, logging into school from home everyday is not nearly as exciting as seeing friends and teachers in person! To help motivate students, and with the support of local business sponsors, Communities In Schools has launched its Distance Learning Reward Program as a way of encouraging students to sign in to online school, engage and participate. Teachers from each CIS school were asked to nominate students (PreK to 12th grade) for their notable effort and engagement with online learning. CIS Site Coordinators award these students with $25 cash cards in recognition of their hard work! The collaboration with school staff has been motivating for the teachers, as well and some schools have also celebrated the student winners with online ceremonies.

Site Coordinator, Justin Michael Salazar from El Camino Real Academy delivers a Distance Learning Incentive Card to a young student who has been working hard in school this fall!

"Mr. Lee, our Assistant Principal, is so enthusiastic about the Distance Learning Program that he always talks about it in morning announcements," commented Stephanie, CIS Site Coordinator at Aspen Community School, "One of our students that won an incentive card was so excited she could hardly wait to tell her parents and grandparents!"

Berta, Site Coordinator from El Camino Real Academy shared, "Our school held a Google Meet Awards event to announce the Distance Learning winners along with students that made Honor Roll. Now that many kids have seen their friends win a gift card, they are interested in working hard to win one, too!”

Sinte Jackson, from the CIS team at Capital High School shared, "At Capital High, it means a lot to have the opportunity to recognize students that are doing well in school, in spite of the very challenging circumstances. We have to remember our students have family members with COVID, and for many, their families are really struggling - engaging in school is especially difficult right now."

"The Distance Learning Reward Program is made possible by the support of generous local businesses that have provided the funding to sponsor the gift cards." shared Executive Director, Julia Bergen, "As long as we can secure sponsors to support this endeavor, we will continue acknowledging students and their effort. We are delighted to see local businesses support Santa Fe and Española student’s success with distance learning!"

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