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September Happenings 

Congratulations, Dr. Hefner! 

Dr. Jennifer Hefner, Superintendent of Alexander County Schools in Taylorsville, North Carolina, has been named the Northwest Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance (NWRESA).

The Superintendent’s Council of the NWRESA is comprised of more than a dozen superintendents from across the Northwest region of the state.

Dr. Hefner was one of eight superintendents in the state recognized for the honor.  Each region of the state selects a superintendent of the year.  This honor places her in the running for State Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Hefner has been a huge asset to Communities In Schools of NWNC. Her constant support of empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life has been instrumental in our expansion to serve more students. It is no wonder to us

Communities In Schools proudly participates in an initiative to make Wilkes County a healthier place. WorkWell Wilkes is a Worksite Wellness Initiative facilitated by The Health Foundation. It provides employers with a framework to create a healthier work environment and resources on how to implement best practices for health promotion. Employers and staff benefit from wellness programming. It increases staff retention, productivity, employee morale while decreases absenteeism and health care costs.  Any worksite in Wilkes County is eligible to participate in WorkWell Wilkes! The funding for this program is provided through Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas, an initiative of The Duke Endowment.
Because of the proximity of the Wilkes County Schools office to the greenway, The CIS WorkWell team wrote a grant to the Health Foundation to purchase two bikes and a bike rack from locally-owned Cook's Sporting Goods. The bikes are available for any CIS staff member or WCS staff member to check out and ride throughout North Wilkesboro. 
Escuelita Kick Off Party
On Wednesday, Sept 19th, the students of Escuelita kicked off the 2018-19 school year with a back-to-after-school party with their parents. The students, parents and CIS staff played games, ran around, laughed and enjoyed a potluck style meal. Erin Southwell, our DanCIS instructor, spoke to the parents and children about our dance program and allowed students who were interested to sign up right then. We are very excited to be able to overlap our programs and wrap more services around each student. 
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