Three representatives of the Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas made an appearance at last week’s Harker Heights Lions Club meeting to receive a $500 donation to the program at Harker Heights High School.

In attendance were Michael Dewees, executive director of Communities in Schools; Dinette Dormeus, site coordinator at HHHS; and Jona Hinds, case manager at HHHS.

Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas has been in business for 25 years, serving students at 48 campuses in six different school districts.

Those include Killeen ISD, Copperas Cove ISD, Belton ISD, Temple ISD, Salado ISD and Florence ISD.

“Our organization partners with these school districts and we place caring and professional staff like these ladies here beside me. The kids need much-needed academic, behavioral and social services. We assist not only the children but families, as well,” Dewees said.

Dormeus said, “Thank you so much for this donation. This helps a student that I know of who came to school every day and had no regular shoes but just flip-flops.

“We provide food and other items to several students, but our main goal is graduation. Whatever we can do to help them walk across that stage with a diploma in hand is our first priority.”

Hinds said, “I’ve been with the organization for about a month and a half and I’ve learned that in so many cases these students just need a little help and someone to talk to.

“My mom worked with CIS in the past and I didn’t quite understand. I didn’t catch on until I saw it in person and found out all of these things we do for these kids.

“We can only do it with support from organizations like yours.”

Speaking of donations, Lion Glen Gallenstein announced Wednesday that the DAV Chapter Canteen in Harker Heights will be donating $3,000 to the fire department and Lions Club for their Blue Santa program.

The presentation has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the fire department construction site. “They’re also giving checks to the police department and animal shelter,” Gallenstein said.

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