Since I started as an account coordinator at KDC a little over a month ago, the client I have worked with the most is Communities In Schools of Nevada. The dedication and passion everyone in the organization has and the efforts they put in to provide students with the tools they need to succeed is simply heroic. It wasn’t until I was lucky enough to attend the Power Within last month that I fully understood the difference that CISN makes in the lives of so many people, not just students. 

The Power Within is an event put on by CISN to honor students, educators, and members of the community who have made a difference in themselves or others. I was impressed with community member Dr. Ed Heiner, a local optician who provides student in need with free prescription glasses, fittings and adjustments. However, the student nominees were the real bread and butter of the awards – I don’t think there was a single audience member who wasn’t moved by these stories. Like high school student Jonathan Jones who recently became a father and is taking night and weekend classes to graduate on time; or middle school student Jason Crichton, who is currently passing all his classes and boasts perfect attendance after having to repeat a grade due to constant truancy. 

Surprisingly, my favorite part about the Power Within wasn’t learning about the student nominees or how much of a difference one person really can make. Instead, it was seeing the joy in the families of the students and being able to sense what CISN’s help means to them as a family unit. The tears of happiness in the eyes on Jason Crichton’s mother when he accepted his award was a true testament that this was a celebration of education and success.

˜Jennifer Nechiporenko