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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Dear CIS Friend,

We are keeping it short and sweet this month. With Valentine's Day around the corner, we want to say how much we love and appreciate you. We also want to recognize our outstanding team of Site Coordinators - check out the story below to see how much we love them! We also have a great update from one of our Reengagement Coordinators and a Save the Date for our big volunteer week coming up this spring!

Happy Valentine's Day

Ashley
Ashley Hall, Executive Director

WE HEART OUR SITE COORDINATORS


We are celebrating our team of Site and Reengagement Coordinators all next week! While we are always giving them the love and recognition they deserve, our Site Coordinator Appreciation Week is our chance to make it a really big deal. And what better timing than the week of Valentine's Day, when everyone is really feeling the love? Our Our dedicated in-school staff are game changers in the lives of their students -  every day they bring their full hearts to their work and it shows. Join us next week (and always) by sending love to our Site and Reengagement Coordinators. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram (@CISofChesterfield) pages where you can hit the heart button on our posts and share your comments.
SAVE THE DATE! ALL SITE VOLUNTEER WEEK

Show CIS and our students the love by joining us during the week of April 18th! We will have great volunteer opportunities in and out of our schools to engage our community in supporting our students. Opportunities will include things like:
  • School beautification projects
  • DIY motivational cards for students and teachers
  • Snack kit assembly
We will be sharing more details in our March eNewsletter issue and on Facebook and Instagram over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you or a group you are connected with are interested in participating, you can reach out to our Program Director, Wendy Lively at wendy_lively@ccpsnet.net.
DISENGAGED TO HONOR ROLL

Our three Reengagement Coordinators have been working hard these last several months to engage our most disengaged students at our three high schools - L.C. Bird, Carver Academy, and Meadowbrook. Their frequent calls, texts, home visits, and relationship building are starting to pay off!



Hear from LaQuita Hailstock at L.C. Bird about one of the students she has been able to support,who is now back in school and doing the work to graduate!Since the video was recorded, Ms. Hailstock reported that he is now getting five As and two Bs in his classes, giving him Honor Roll status!

CIS-C RESOURCE CORNER

It's Black History Month and there are some great ways to learn about and celebrate black history. Through their Black Health and Wellness Initiative, Chesterfield County has several events and activities to check out, including the one below.

Black History Month Performance: The Story of Elizabeth Keckley
Storyteller Theresa Gee will tell the fascinating story of Elizabeth Keckley, born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia in 1818, detailing her life experiences from slavery to her successful career as first lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker. Find out how the relationship between these two women soured and how their reputations were destroyed. Free. Register online for course #39705 or call 804-748-1623 for more information.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 9 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Location: Stonebridge Recreation Center - 230 Karl Linn Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23225
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