Communities in Schools Bay Area


Celebrating 25 Years of Service to the Bay Area

CIS 25th Anniversary

Communities In Schools on MSNBC


$161,000 To Keep Kids in School    

Proceeds from the recent Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament have totaled $161,000. This money will fund the dropout prevention program of Communities In Schools-Bay Area serving Clear Creek and Dickinson ISDs.

Underwriters for the 5th annual tournament were Janice and Rick Gornto and Legend Healthcare.

 Winners of the tournament were the Merrill Lynch team consisting of Rusty Burkett, Tracy Byas, Doug Sobotik and Troy Williams. Second place went to the Ann Jennings team of Rudy Amador, Shane Dickson, Charlie Jones and J. B. Sowyrda. Moody National Bank's team of Chris Devries, David Lane, Bob Senter and John  Smith took third place honors.

Rick Gornto (right), chairman of the Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament, presents the $161,000 check to Communities In Schools-Bay Area's Peter Wuenschel, executive director of the dropout prevention program, and Jane Sweeney, president of the board of directors.

For information about the dropout prevention program, visit

Golf Tournament Video by YourTownTV


CIS at McWhirter Elementary

If you want to make a donation to help McWhirter Elementary, please follow these simple instructions:
  1. In the top right corner of the website       the donate button
  2. Enter the amount you would like to donate and press
  3. Enter Your Credit Card Information and press
  4. "Review Donation and Continue"
  5. In the "Add Special Instruction to Seller Box," designate your donation to
    • - "Aron at McWhirter" or
    •  "Fire Victims at McWhirter"


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HOW WE HELP - The Story of Katherine

In 2007, seven-year old Katherine was in desperate need of a kidney transplant – and her hardworking family was struggling financially.

CIS Site Coordinator Hillary Gramm developed a special bond with Katherine and when Katherine’s mom discovered she was a donor match, Hillary celebrated right alongside them. Immediately, Hillary got the community together and raised funds to cover gas, money, food, utilities and rent – allowing both Mom and Katherine to heal at home until the family could get back on their feet.

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Boeing Supports CIS

Thank you Boeing for your continued support of Communities In Schools - Bay Area year after year. CIS - Bay Area recently received a grant from Boeing for $30,000 to support the expansion of the CIS Model into Clear Brook High School.

Morning Radio DJ Speaks to Students


Sarah Pepper, morning Radio DJ for Hot 95.7 spent the month of September speaking on several school campuses in Clear Creek and Dickinson ISDs.  Sarah is the Communities In Schools - Bay Area spokesperson and has an inspirational story to tell all kids. 

Sarah shared her story growing up disadvantaged and how she persevered and put herself through college. Her message to the students is to make good choices and when you don’t there are consequences. You have to take responsibility for your actions. Staying in school and getting an education is the most important choice to make.

Barber Middle School All school assembly.  Pictured left to right – Bonnie Napoli -  teacher, Sarah Pepper, Wu Chang, Lindsey Suarez – Assistant Principal

Communities In Schools - Annual Campaign

Communities In Schools - School Supply Drive



Communities In Schools - Bay Area is hosting a Backpack & School Supply Drive for the upcoming school year. Please consider donating school supplies to our CIS - Bay Area campuses for distribution to kids in need.

You can find the most needed supplies by grade level by visiting our School Supplies Wish List page.

If you would like to donate school supplies to a specific CIS Campus visit our Campus SitesSection.

Drop off location - 17225 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Houston

For more information contact us at (281) 486-6698.

The Mission of Communities in Schools - Bay Area is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities In Schools is the nation's leading organization that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, Communities In Schools provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students - many in jeopardy of dropping out - have the opportunity to focus on learning.

We believe that every child needs and deserves:
  • A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • A healthy start and a healthy future
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  • A chance to give back to peers and the community
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Refresh Leadership Simulcast

On Wednesday, April 17th from 7:45 am - 12 pm, Express Leadership in partnership with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and the University of Houston Clear Lake present Refresh Leadership Live. The event helped raise $1445 for Communities In Schools - Bay Area. Thank you to everyone in the community who supported us.

Executive Director, Peter Wuenschel (Left) accepts a check from Mark Conrad with Express Professionals following the Express Leadership Simulcast.

Over 125 leaders in the community came out for this most inspiring event.

Clear Lake Regional donates coats for Bayside Intermediate students

Celebrating a successful coat drive for the "at risk” students at Bayside Intermediate are (from left) Charles Laird, CFO, and Steve Jones, CEO, and Suzanne Ramos, Human Resources Director, of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, and Chantelle DeMunbrun, Bayside program coordinator;, Rick Gornto, president of the Board of Directors; Janet Summers, program director, and Peter Wuenschel, executive director, all of Communities In Schools-Bay Area.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center recently delivered 353 coats, jackets and hoodies to students at Bayside Intermediate School in League City. The coats drive was coordinated with Communities In Schools-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts.

Bayside Intermediate was "adopted” by the medical center as part of the Adopt a School Program.


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