Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
            WINTER 2012

"Garden Buds" are Blooming at Winterfield ElementaryCIS students in Winterfield Community Garden


Here's something new and different: ever been invited to a "Collard Appreciation Night"?! To be lucky enough to snag an invitation, you'd have to be connected to the CIS students in the "Garden Buds" club at Winterfield Elementary! The afterschool club was developed as a natural extension of the Winterfield Community Garden, established at the school in the spring of 2010. Developed and led by CIS Site Coordinator Anna Helms, the Garden Buds club meets weekly and throughout the summer to help care for and maintain the garden.  Read More


Project L.I.F.T.

Bringing Families Back to the Dinner Table

Project LIFT family engagement eventThe CIS Project L.I.F.T. team kicked off the New Year on January 19 with a family engagement event that received high marks from all participants. More than 40 families, whose children attend westside schools that are part of Project L.I.F.T., came together to get to know one another, find common ground and work on setting individualized "family goals" for the coming year. "New Beginnings: Bringing Families Back to the Table" was the evening's theme, with an emphasis on the importance of eating together as a family and increasing the communication between students and their parents. Read More

Volunteer Spotlight:
Colin Pinkney & menteesColin Pinkney, Olympic High School


CIS students at Olympic High School have a treasure in CIS volunteer Colin Pinkney, but then, they already know that! CIS is sharing Mr. Pinkney's story in the hope that others will step up and consider volunteering as a mentor for our students. The role of a mentor is not for everyone, and it can also take many forms; Mr. Pinkney's approach is just one way. But he will tell you that, once involved, it is more than fulfilling.  Read More


power2give color logo_horizontalIt's Easy as "A-B-C, Do-Re-Mi"
Please help give CIS students a THRILLER of an evening!
9-10 students_power2give-Thriller project 
Communities In Schools needs your support to fund our latest Arts & Science Council "power2give" project:  to provide 40 students from our 9th and 10th grade program the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the mystifying wonder of Cirque de Soleil as they present "Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour." Students selected to participate are excelling in CIS and school and have shown great improvement in their academics, attendance, and behavior. Click here to learn more and give to the project. Your donation will cover the cost of tickets, transportation and refreshments for an exciting evening out!
No gift is too small! Gifts of $5, $10, $20 or more are greatly appreciated!
DEADLINE for Donations:  MARCH 17, 2012

BE OURS in 2012! 
Save the Date(s) for these CIS events
Three dates ~ three fantastic events! Be a sweetheart and attend these CIS events in 2012 - your support is critical to our mission of helping kids stay in school and graduate from high  
BE OURS valentine imageschool. Click here for more information!

thursday, april 19 celebrating our graduates
tuesday, june 19   dine out for kids
saturday, sept 22  lowcountry on the green


CMS Video features Communities In Schools

Interview with Federico Rios, CIS Site Coordinator at Hidden Valley Elementary School


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Kudos to Site Coordinator Federico Rios for representing CIS so well in this recent video produced by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools!



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Another segment in the same video features the Performance Learning Center (PLC) and two PLC students, Alex McCoy and Ian Allen. Alex graduated in January and Ian will graduate this June.


The PLC is a small, non-traditional high school for students not succeeding in the traditional high school setting. The PLC's business-like environment challenges students to complete assignments at their own pace, using an online computer-based curriculum. The PLC model was developed by Communities In Schools of Georgia in 2003. The Charlotte PLC opened in 2006 and was the first of five PLC's now open in North Carolina.  Link to PLC-Charlotte website


CIS Graduate Spotlight - Amani Wall 

Amani Wall_Safe Journey Grad 2010 

Amani Wall graduated from Independence High School and the Safe Journey/APP program in June 2010. After graduating from high school, Amani left for North Carolina Central University in Durham to study pharmaceutical science. After her first year of college, Amani was selected for the Science Enrichment Program (SEP) at UNC-Chapel Hill. SEP is an intense 8-week program designed for students interested in health care professions. The application process is highly selective and out of approximately  Read More


Photo Gallery 


Operation School Bell 2012-group hugOperation School Bell - February 2012

Many thanks to our friends at the Assistance League of Charlotte for providing needed clothing to students through their Operation School Bell program. Photos in this slideshow from a recent visit convey the love and care their volunteers give, in addition to the clothes.


Give Kids A Smile Day, February 2012

Give Kids A Smile 2012_girl with sunglassesEach year in February, Give Kids A Smile Day gives us all something to smile about! This year on February 3rd, 117 CIS students from 17 CMS schools received free dental treatment from 14 local dental practices.

CIS to form a Volunteer Advisory Council  


CIS is forming a Volunteer Advisory Council to help identify best practices and grow our Hand-heart volunteer iconvolunteer program. If you are interested in serving in a leadership capacity on this council or know a CIS volunteer you'd like to recommend, please email our Volunteer Coordinator Angela Yoo or call her at 704-943-9536. Please also contact Angela if you are not yet a volunteer with CIS but are interested in learning more about our various volunteer opportunities.


TRiO LogoLet's Do the FAFSA! 

Students & Parents:  Get help from financial aid professionals to complete the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


In case you missed the statewide "FAFSA Day" on February 18, the TRiO Talent Search program of Communities In Schools and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library are offering two workshops this week to help parents and students fill out and file the FAFSA form online. 


Feb. 23          5:00-7:00 pm                Independence Library

     Feb. 25          10:00 am-12:00 pm        Beatties Ford Rd. Library


CIS high school sites may also be offering FAFSA workshops at the school during February and March - check with the CIS Site Coordinator at your high school to find out. Or you may contact Mary Alice Katon, CIS TRiO/Talent Search Director, for more information.


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