Senator Browne honored with Communities In Schools Award

(Left to right) Damian Zamias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, Bill Milliken, Founder & Vice Chairman of Communities In Schools, Senator Pat Browne, Jean Milliken, Ryan Riley, President & State Director of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania.

(Left to right) Damian Zamias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, Bill Milliken, Founder & Vice Chairman of Communities In Schools, Senator Pat Browne, Jean Milliken, Ryan Riley, President & State Director of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania.

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA), an affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout-prevention organization serving more than 40,000 students in Pennsylvania, announced that Senator Pat Browne had received the 2015 CISPA Milliken Award for Advocacy.

“Senator Browne has demonstrated consistent leadership and commitment for children in our Commonwealth,” Ryan Riley, President of CISPA said. “Senator Browne understands that when children are hungry they don’t learn and when their schools are funded equally it affects our economy, our competitive edge and most importantly the future of Pennsylvanians.”

The Milliken Award for Advocacy is named after the Founder of Communities In Schools Bill Milliken, a Pittsburgh native. Awards were presented at the PASA-PSBA Leadership Conference on October 15, 2015 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Communities In Schools also awarded Jennifer Delaye, CEO of the JDK Group, the Community Engagement Award and Dr. David Volkman, Executive Deputy Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Education Visionary Award.

“Senator Browne has served as a champion for education throughout his career and we are thrilled to have him as a supporter of CIS,” said Damian Zamias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CISPA.

For more than 20 years, Communities In Schools Pennsylvania has championed the connection of needed community resources with schools. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CISPA provides the link between educators and the community.

“The work that Communities In Schools does in our most challenged districts is remarkable,” said Senator Browne, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I have seen their great work in Allentown and applaud them for serving more than 40,000 students and families across the Commonwealth.”

For more information, visit www.cisofpa.org.

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