Testimonials

“This is the most important initiative in Athens.”
~Mayor Nancy Denson

“It is an incredible collaborative that connects with partner agencies and, most importantly, with parents in the neighborhoods, an inside-out approach where parents are leaders, and it’s working.”
~Clarke County School Superintendent, Phil Lanoue

“It has taught me that you’re never too old to learn, and you’re never too young to learn.”
~Shawanda Johnson, Neighborhood Leader

“Family Connection-Communities in Schools does vital work at the neighborhood and school level, augmenting and improving life prospects for less advantaged children and addressing their needs outside of school.”
~Bertis Downs, Flagpole magazine

“We have had an increase in poverty but a decrease in criminality . . . By collaborating in improving every child’s educational outcome, we can improve our individual and collective safety.”
~Jack Lumpkin, Athens-Clarke County Police Chief

“It’s all one, being healthy, going to school, having people care about you, it’s all one thing . . . [FC-CIS] is probably the best thing I’ve ever done personally and professionally, and it’s the best thing that’s happened to the District.”
~Clarke County School Superintendent, Phil Lanoue

“Family Connection to me is why I’m in Athens, why we’re in community . . . We all have to do it, because it’s our community . . . As a parent, if we care for them all, if we encourage them all, if we encourage our schools to be great, if we support them in their growth, then selfishly, my kids will be in a great environment . . . ”
~Hugh Acheson

“The resonance of this story (all the way to the White House) is a testament to the great work y’all are doing.”
~Larkin Tackett, U.S. Dept. of Education

“. . . an extraordinary collaborative! This what we dream about when we envision community collaboration for families.”
~Gary Nelson, Jordan Institute for Families, Chapel Hill

“Every conversation that I have had about reshaping our community in a way that works for our kids, and our adults, is the work that you’re doing. I see the greatest hope in conversations around going inside and out and it really is Neighborhood Leaders leading their neighborhoods, their neighbors to a different way, but making that connect.”

~Philip D. Lanoue, Clarke County School District Superintendent