June Happenings at CIS.

Art Smarts 2018 | Special Guest- Amy Early

Summer programming kicked off with the Art Smarts program funded by the North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Grant Program, awarded by the Wilkes Art Gallery. Amy Early, of Mooresville, NC, traveled to Wilkes County to provide two 3-hour art lessons to students who attend CIS's La Escuelita. Throughout the week, they learned about Matisse, Rothko, Pollock and Warhol, then made their own creations of the styles they learned. Ms. Sarah thought it would be most appropriate to play classical music as they painted, and the concentration in the room was palpable as a result. One very wide-open student came in the first day, sat down and huffed, "UGH I don't want to paint!" By the end of the program, he was producing some of the best pieces in the class and visibly proud of this. 
Visit our facebook to see the photos from the week, taken by our very own photographer, Ms. Sarah. 
Amy's art can be found at 
Art Smarts! (#2) |Special Guest- Sarah Webster 
Communities In Schools hosted the second round of Art Smarts at the North Wilkesboro Housing Authority Skyview Investment Center this week. Our very own, Sarah Webster, is not only an amazing Site Coordinator but also a very talented photographer. She owns her own photography business, Sarah Isaac Photography. Ms. Sarah took off her Site Coordinator hat and put on her photographer hat this week to teach students all about the art of taking pictures. She taught the kids everything they need to know about the camera, from the 'rule of thirds' to lighting. She showed them the different places you can place the subjects to enhance the photo. Site Coordinator, Jeremy Parks, commented on the week "The kids have responded better than I thought. They have truly enjoyed the program. Sarah and I really feel like some of them may have found their calling." What a great way to close out the month of June! 
Sarah's photography can be viewed at 
CIS Hosts Camp GOTR!
Last week, 16 Wilkes County 3rd-5th grade girls participated in the pilot program created by Girls on the Run International, Camp GOTR. CIS of NWNC and Girls on the Run of the High Country partnered up to provide this service for free for all students participating. The Girls on the Run of the High Country council sent two Appalachian State interns, Anna Keegan and Toni Dunn, to implement the camp as fully trained coaches.  Each day, the girls participated in a curriculum promoting friendship, physical activity, creativity, positive self-image and more. The Camp GOTR curriculum was supplemented each day by physical activities, craft projects, and life skills trainingsour friends as well as to celebrate a positive attitude.
Tuesday, accompanied by the curriculum activities, the girls learned about vehicle maintenance from WCC Automotive instructor, Barbara Johnson. Barbara first spoke to the girls about why she started working on cars and the importance of understanding one’s vehicle. She explained that growing up, her car needed to be fixed, and the quote was outrageous. Instead of allowing herself to be taken advantage of, she decided she would buy the parts and teach herself. Ever since then, she taught herself one thing at a time, as things would break on her car. As she spoke, the girls were eager to ask questions and willingly gave her their undivided attention. She gave each of the girls a small flashlight to take home to use under the hood of their parent’s vehicles and, hopefully, their own vehicles one day. She then took the girls outside to allow them to work on her car. They learned how to change a tire, check the gauges, and more. 
.gratitudeforOn Wednesday
 The first day was full of fun getting-to-know-you activities, an intense tennis lesson from two-time SoCon champion from College of Charleston, Anna Lee Evans, and finished up with sprinkler fun to cool off. Each day was completed by the signature Girls on the Run activity “Energy Awards.” Energy awards are one of the best parts of Girls on the Run. They are simple cheers that are used to showandThursday the girls participated in Zumba taught by Gwen Dhing and Yoga taught by Susan Cogdill. They learned to make healthy smoothies that still taste delicious, created beautiful craft projects displayed on Friday in the “Gallery Crawl,” and practiced the timeless playground game, ‘Little Sally Walker,’ until their voices went hoarse.
CIS received a grant from the Health Foundation, Inc. allowing each girl to participate for free. In addition to the Health Foundation, the program activities were funded by Pauletta Parker in honor of the North Wilkesboro Woman’s Club. Without this funding, the camp costs are $100 a student. Communities In Schools of Northwest NC follows a strict policy to only provide free services to the students served. These funding sources are extremely important in being able to provide a safe place for kids to learn and grow during the long summer.  This experience was a true example of the Communities In Schools' mission: to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

New Century Scholars Give Their Time to Samaritan's Kitchen
Tuesday, June 26th, 8 students, alongside Melissa Higgins and Vickie Call, helped out around Samaritan's Kitchen for four hours. They bagged 1200 lbs of dog and cat food, bagged up bulk food and some students helped out in the backpack program area. Samaritan's Kitchen reported that they have served 10,233 families in the area. Communities In Schools and the NCS students love being able to give back to such an incredible organization. 
CIS and NCS host Red Cross Blood Drive
This Wednesday marked the 8th annual Red Cross Blood Drive hosted by Communities In Schools. We had 22 donors and 18 pints donated. NCS students manned the check-in process throughout the afternoon. Way to go New Century Scholars, for another successful blood drive! 
Congratulations to our New Century Scholars! | Class of 2018
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-William Arthur Ward
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CIS wishes you a safe and happy summer! Because most of the staff will be off in July, the E-newsletter will be back in August to kick off the 2018-19 school year. 
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