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SAN ANTONIO -- Hundreds of people gathered at the Communities in Schools luncheon to help San Antonio kids stay in school Monday.

Communities in Schools, which one five-year study ranked as the most successful drop-out prevention program in the nation, raised money to expand San Antonio's efforts to help struggling students persevere.

CIS is currently helping more than 36,000 students in 70 Bexar County schools. Monday, three students were awarded scholarships to Alamo Community College.

I really do not believe I would be here without Communities in Schools, says Dallas Ross, a senior at Sam Houston High. This scholarship means a lot to me. This will push me out of high school and into college.

Amazingly, 98% of CIS students graduate high school.
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