Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
            SPRING/SUMMER 2013
CIS staff (back row) with seniors from Independence High School at our annual Celebrating Our Graduates event.
Student Award Winners Shine in CIS End-of-Year Events

Spring is a BUSY but JOYFUL time for CIS students, families and staff! All of our programming teams take great pleasure and pride in planning end-of-year events to recognize their students who have excelled and/or made great improvement in academics, attendance, citizenship, and leadership.  

Calling All Dads! (& Grandads & Uncles, too!)
Mecklenburg County Fatherhood Summit - July 11, 2013

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Communities In Schools' Project LIFT Team
and UNC-Charlotte's College of Health and Human Services are hosting a "Fatherhood Summit" this Thursday, July 11 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the UNC-Charlotte Center City building, 320 E. Ninth Street.  Read More 


FREE for Dads/Granddads/Uncles/Guardians of all ages! It's not too late to register here!

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"Flash Philanthropy" Experiment wins $50,000 for CIS


What an exciting evening Friday, May 3rd proved to be for CIS -just look at CIS Executive Director Molly Shaw's spontaneous reaction (left) to the good news!  Communities In Schools-Charlotte participated in a bit of history-making on May 3 at Queens University of Charlotte's graduate schools commencement ceremony. Even better, a $50,000 grant for CIS from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was part of the result!  Read more about this cool idea of "flash philanthropy" from The Knight Foundation!


thumbnail of Knight Fnd videoView the 45-second video that helped land 1st place for CIS in this friendly "competition." The video features CIS Site Coordinator Lisa Carter and some of her students from Shamrock Gardens Elementary. Way to go, Shamrock Gardens - you make us PROUD!


Graduations, Graduations, GRADUATIONS!  Myers Park Grads_boys
Celebrating the Class of 2013
You know the saying, "a picture's worth a thousand words"?Well, we agree that these high school graduation photos really say more than we could ever write in an article. This year we compiled photos from staff of their CIS graduates and created this album of photos on our Facebook page. (Note - Even if you don't use Facebook, you can still click on the link and view the photos. Enjoy!)  

Lace Up Your Shoes & EMPOWER Your Life!
Empowering Lifestyles 5K Race/Walk - July 13, 2013 - 8:00 am
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Fit Bye Pharr is holding a 5K Race/Walk this Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the Mallard Creek Greenway. A portion of the proceeds will go to CIS!  The course stays on the paved Greenway and is shady and mostly flat. Click this link to view the Event Flyer, and click this Registration Link to go directly to the registration page. Run, Forest, run!

Chiquita Classic Logo Let's Go Bananas and Support CIS!
The Chiquita Classic, Sept. 2-8, 2013

The Chiquita Classic
has generously invited CIS to participate in Tickets Fore Charity, a fundraising opportunity that provides non-profit organizations the ability to sell tickets to the tournament.  100% of each ticket sale goes directly back to CIS.  Click here for more details and to order tickets!    

Save the Date: Annual "Lowcountry on the Green" is Sept. 21
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Celebrate "back to school" and the return of fall with Communities In Schools on Saturday, September 21st at Lowcountry on the Green! This Communities In Schools fundraiser and "friendraiser" is fast becoming known for serving outstanding lowcountry cuisine in a relaxed but festive atmosphere. The Mint Museum-Randolph Road is the perfect venue for holding this indoor-outdoor event. Throw in a live band, silent auction, and lots of cool people (any friend of CIS is cool!) - and the party is ON! 
Tickets will be available for purchase on our website in early August. Contact Elaine Rhodes for more information at or 704.943.9433.

CIS Senior Wins Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship
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We're so proud of CIS student Yanick Gomez, a recent graduate of Garinger High School. Yanick is one of only three students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to win a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship this year. The competitive scholarship is awarded to 1,000 students across the country and provides full tuition and expenses for undergraduate and graduate school, as well as leadership programs. Yanick will attend North Carolina A&T University in the fall and plans to study aereospace engineering.  
Read more about Yanick in this Charlotte Observer article.

"Artists in the Making" Needs Your Support!
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YOU could help us find the next Warhol or Picasso!  Our latest power2give project is giving 30 West Charlotte High School students the opportunity to explore their artistic side through a 6-week Summer Arts Lab with The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Thank you for helping these CIS students have this amazing opportunity!


Click here for details and to support the project.

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Safe Journey Student featured in QuéPasa MiGente Newspaper
Mayra Hernandez & Kelly WilliamsonMayra Hernandez, CIS student and recent graduate of our Safe Journey teen mothers program, was featured in the June 12 issue of QuéPasa MiGente newspaper.  Kelly Williamson, Mayra's Safe Journey case manager at Hawthorne High School, said Mayra received 14 awards this year for school performance, as well as the award for the "Most Friendly" student. Read the Spanish version of the article, or click this link for the English translation. Way to go, Mayra!    


CIS-Charlotte in the News

CIS Volunteer Orientation set for August 15th   


Interested in volunteering with CIS?  YOU are needed!  Join us on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Children & Family Services Center, 601 E. 5th Street, to learn more about our organization and the volunteer opportunities we have for the upcoming school year.  RSVP to Courtney Peterson at  Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and grab some refreshments! We look forward to seeing you there!


Upcoming Events - Mark your calendar!  

July 11Fatherhood Summit
July 13Empowerment 5K Road Race
August 1-31School Tools Campaign
August 15CIS Volunteer Orientation
September 21
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