Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
            FALL 2012

"Once in a Lifetime Opportunities"

Molly Shaw

Message from Executive Director Molly Shaw


In early September, CIS employees were given the opportunity to take a tour of Time Warner Cable Arena in its renovated state to serve as the convention hall for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Regardless of our individual political beliefs, it was a fun and interesting experience, seeing how the arena was transformed into the convention floor that would be televised throughout the nation. Read More

DOUBLE VISION:  CIS Donors can Double their Impact through Levine Challenge Grant   Now through December 31, 2012!
Two Safe Journey Graduates_2009
Two Safe Journey Graduates_2009
Have you heard the news??  The Leon Levine Foundation has awarded a matching gift "challenge grant" to CIS!  Any donation (up to $100,000) made to CIS by a new donor, or an increased gift amount by a past donor, will be matched dollar for dollar by The Levine Foundation. Please don't miss this special opportunity to DOUBLE the impact of your gift!  The deadline to make a donation and receive the match is December 31, 2012Click here to make a donation today! 

TrickorTrotLogoTrick or Trot 5K & Fun Run - to benefit CIS! 
November 3, 2012
If you think you and your kids have eaten a little too much Halloween candy, then let's run it off together at the Trick or Trot 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, November 3! Run on the Mallard Creek Elementary Greenway in your craziest, funniest or scariest Halloween costume! A portion of the proceeds will benefit CIS.  Click here to register or call 704.375.0220.  Come out and have fun helping fight the cause of childhood obesity while also supporting CIS!

Volunteer Spotlight - Becka Tait 
Becka Tait volunteer 

Becka Tait says she was initially inspired to volunteer as a mentor for students after reading the book, The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic! by Communities In Schools' national founder Bill Milliken. "I was reading and studying about dropout prevention at the time, and after reading Milliken's book, I truly believed that the comprehensive approach   Read More


Bobby Chesney
Welcome New CIS Board Members 


Robert W. "Bobby" Chesney with PNC Bank will serve as president of the CIS Board of Directors for the 2012-13 year. Chesney has been a member of the board since 2008 and has served on the Executive Committee and chaired several other committees.  In addition, CIS welcomes the following new board members who began their three-year terms in July:  Astrid Chirinos with the Latin American Chamber of Commerce and Mike Harrell with Beacon Properties. CIS also welcomes two former CIS board members who have agreed to serve again, including Dee Dee Dalrymple, and Dwight Jacobs of Duke Energy. Click here to see a complete roster of the CIS Board of Directors.

Cynthia Marshall named to CIS-NC Board of Directors
Cynthia Marshall headshot 
Cynthia Blythe Marshall, CIS-Charlotte founding executive director, has been selected to serve on the CIS-North Carolina (CISNC) Board of Directors. After serving 21 years as CIS-Charlotte's first executive director, Marshall retired in 2006, but has remained active in supporting Communities In Schools locally as well as across the state and the country. Marshall will serve a three-year term on the CIS state board.

Lowcountry_BOD member David Head & guestsLowcountry on the Green
September 22, 2012
Lowcountry Logo_300 pixelsYou folks know how to have some FUN!  What a fabulous party we had on September 22!  The Mint Museum on Randolph Road was rocking with good food, good music, and GREAT people who all share at least one trait in common: believing that supporting our public schools and helping kids stay in school and graduate should be a top priority and benefits the entire community. Check out this slideshow to see the fun, and mark your calendar now for September 21, 2013!

Bruns Academy gets "Media Center Make-Over" thanks to AT&T  

Media Center Make-Over 

Volunteers from AT&T and the community descended on Bruns Academy in west Charlotte two weeks before school started to give the school's media center a complete make-over - and when we say "complete," we mean stripped-down-to-the-bare walls, start-from-scratch complete! AT&T is a corporate partner with Bruns Academy and AT&T employees have enthusiastically embraced the school, volunteering their time and donating needed items.   Read More


~ See more photos of the Media Center Make-Over on our Facebook page ~

Lights! Camera! Action! 

It's felt a little like Hollywood around here lately! Two new videos about CIS-Charlotte have been produced in the last few months. Click the thumbnails below to check them out!


American Graduate video thumbnail"American Graduate Day" Video on PBS / WTVI

This is a 7-minute interview with CIS Executive Director Molly Shaw that was originally broadcast on WTVI on Sept. 22, 2012 as part of the national PBS event, "American Graduate Day."


DNC video thumbnailCIS Overview Video by Hermit Media and the CIS High School Team

The CIS High School Team worked with Hermit Media over the summer to produce this 10-minute video. Lots of staff and students appear in the video, giving it a fun, upbeat look at what CIS and our students are accomplishing today.

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