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Ultimate Scavenger Hunt on November 9!
Mark your calendars for the ultimate scavenger hunt throughout Charlotte on November 9th!  Communities In Schools of Charlotte- Mecklenburg will be the beneficiary of the first ever Charlotte CitySolve event. With a lot of brain and a little brawn, you will have the opportunity to solve clues, explore your city and win prizes - First place will receive a cash prize of $300 dollars! There's also a costume contest and a prize for the best tweet!  More than a scavenger hunt, but less physical than a 5K-road race, this unique hybrid combines trivia - from pop culture to world history - with a team-oriented adventure. Add in the occasional checkpoint challenge (think Double Dare without the slime) and you've got CitySolve Urban Race!  Best of all:  if you register at this link and use the promotional code "schools", then 20% of your registration fee will go to CIS!  So get your team together and we will see you on November 9th! (all ages welcome)
CIS-Charlotte PROMO Code:  schools
Get your team together and register at this link!

Brian L. Franklin
Welcome to New CIS Board Members

We're excited to welcome the following new members to the CIS Board of Directors:

Daniel Araujo, Creative Player, Inc.
Rich Bovard, Deloitte
Trevor Beauford, Friendship Baptist Church
Andy Kalbaugh, LPL Financial 
Suzanne Morrison, Wells Fargo Bank

Brian Franklin is the new President of the Board. Brian is Associate General Counsel with Duke Energy and has served on the CIS Board for the past six years. He and his wife Rogina have two children that attend CMS schools. Welcome to these new members, as well as all of our returning board members. Visit this link to see a complete list of CIS board members.  


CIS Meet & Greet!
Thursday, October 24  l  5:30 - 7:30 pm
at Threes - 333 W. Trade Street  


Calling all Charlotte-area young professionals! Join CIS on October 24 for an evening of networking and mingling with like-minded individuals who are interested in finding meaningful ways to give back to the community. You'll learn more about CIS and our mission to support students and families in need in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. YOU provide the energy and ideas, and we'll provide the appetizers and discounted beverages! We would love to see you on October 24th!  You're also welcome to bring a friend (or two)!  Click here to view the InvitationPlease RSVP to Carell Brown by October 21.


CIS-Charlotte wins National Awards of Excellence
We're proud to report that CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg has won two "Awards of Excellence" from the Communities In Schools National OfficeThe awards are newly established this year to spotlight successful efforts by local community partners and/or schools to achieve collective impact by partnering with Communities In Schools. Out of nearly 200 CIS affiliates nationwide, CIS National bestowed just 13 awards, two of which went to CIS-Charlotte.  A "Community of Excellence" award recognized CIS-Charlotte's partnership with Project LIFT, and a "School of Excellence" award went to Zebulon B. Vance High School for its successful implementation of the proven Communities In Schools model. Read the full press release here

CIS Graduate Profile
Meet Anna Purdie - West Charlotte Class of 2013
Anna Purdie_West Charlotte 2013
Standing nearly 6-feet-tall, it's no surprise Anna Purdie played center for West Charlotte's women's basketball team. Look at her resume, however, and you'll see she also played a central role within her school off the court. In addition to taking AP classes, Anna's extra-curricular activities ranged from the National Honor Society and Beta Club, to the service-based Key Club, to leadership positions on the Student Council, Yearbook Staff and Pep Squad. The list goes on.  Read More

Lowcountry on the Green 2013 ~ Fabulous Fun, Food & Friends!   

Lowcountry 2013 photoWe celebrated a fabulous turnout for our 5th annual Lowcountry on the Green on September 21 -- despite the deluge of rain later in the evening!  From dancing in the atrium, to bidding on favorite items in the Silent Auction and dining on delicious lowcountry cuisine, the crowd remained enthusiastic throughout the evening. Many thanks again to Wells Fargo Advisors, the event's Title Sponsor, and to all of our corporate sponsors and party hosts. 


You can View photos from the event at this link on our Facebook page (even if you do not use Facebook, you can still click on the link and view the photos).

Mentoring 101 Training
Wednesday, October 23    
5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Children & Family Services Center - Training Room 1

Here's one way you can really impact a young life - be a mentor! The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance will lead the workshop on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at The Children & Family Services Center. You'll learn valuable evidence-based techniques in mentoring and will discuss real-life scenarios you might encounter. Light snacks will be provided.  If you've recently agreed to mentor a student, or if you've had the interest but want to know more before committing - this workshop's for you - join us!  Please RSVP to Courtney Peterson. 

Charlotte International Auto Show benefits CIS
November 21-24 at the Charlotte Convention Center

Calling all car enthusiasts! Communities In Schools will benefit from ticket sales to this popular Charlotte event, November 21-24 at the Charlotte Convention Center.  The Charlotte International Auto Show is an annual event produced by the Greater Charlotte Automobile Dealers Association, an Association of over 100 new car dealers in the Greater Charlotte area. The Auto Show offers consumers and car enthusiasts an opportunity to view 2014 models of cars, trucks, SUV's and crossovers from all manufacturers, all under one roof. Visit for hours, discount tickets and more information. Zoom on over to the Convention Center and check it out!

CIS-Charlotte in the News

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar!


October 23


Mentoring 101 - Training with Mayor's Mentoring Alliance

October 24
CIS Meet & Greet at Threes, 333 W. Trade Street
November 9
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