During the month of December, CIS held its annual Angel Tree party. Excel Academy teen moms were able to bring their babies to the school. Each baby received a present from a Secret Santa. After visiting Excel Academy, this year’s gifts were purchased by Friends of CIS, a group of determined community volunteers who decided that they would try to help keep kids in school. Students who enrolled after gifts were purchased received a gift from a Secret Santa staff member. This was an ideal collaboration between the Friends of CIS and the Excel Academy faculty and staff.