Regional Winner(s) move on to State Student Achievement Month Competition 
 March 30, 2016, Savannah, GA -  

Communities in Schools (CIS) of Savannah is proud to announce the regional winners of CIS of Georgia's Annual Student Achievement Month competition.
Last month, Communities in Schools of Savannah hosted a local Student Achievement Month competition on February 24, 2016. Students from Haven Elementary School were asked to depict how Communities in Schools of Savannah has made a difference in their lives via written expression, public speaking, or creative expression. A local panel of judges reviewed the student entries and selected four students as winners of the local competition. In the creative expression category, Quintrell Roundree (3rd grade) won first place for his artwork titled "Journey to Reading", and John Cooksey (4th grade), won second place for his artwork titled "The Learning Students". In the written expression category, Jaquan Jones (3rd grade) won first place, and Ilavia Smalls (4th grade) won second place. The winning student entries were then sent forward to participate in the CIS of Georgia's Regional competition held this past week. Judges from various Georgia colleges reviewed K-12 student entries from across the state and selected all four student entries from Haven Elementary School as regional winners in their categories.
The Haven Elementary School student's winning entries will now move on to the state competition where they will compete for grand prizes valued up to $1000. The State competition will be held in Atlanta on April 13 - 14, 2016 and the winners will be invited to an awards luncheon held in Atlanta on May 11, 2016.
Student Achievement Month (SAM) is an annual event and recognizes CIS students, grades K-12, who are sometimes overlooked and often expected to underachieve. Each year SAM recognition helps participants improve their academics, behavior and attendance. Some have rarely been recognized for positive attributes and winning a regional competition provides motivation and a catalyst to excel.
SAM boosts student's confidence and helps them set new goals and gain a better understanding of the importance of academic achievement and succeeding in school. Hundreds of CIS students throughout Georgia participate.

About Communities in Schools of Savannah
Since 1996, Communities in Schools of Savannah, Inc. has been a vibrant and independent nonprofit organization governed by a local board of directors dedicated to surrounding public school students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through an intensive collaboration in both public and private sectors and in cooperation with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Communities in Schools of Savannah works to bring community resources to students, their families, schools and teachers to help eliminate barriers to student achievement and school success. Key initiatives include mentoring, tutoring, parent engagement, literacy, after-school programs, and youth leadership.
The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

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