We give thanks to you.

According to, ‘gratitude’ means: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. I was surprised to see the word ‘quality’ in the definition. Have you ever thought about the level in which you are grateful? To what degree are you grateful or what level of gratefulness are you? Depends upon what you are grateful for, doesn’t it? I can honestly say our team at Communities In Schools is grateful for you, our volunteers, donors, and stakeholders. What level of gratitude do we have? Can you measure the smile on a child’s face when they see their lunch buddy in the cafeteria? Can you measure the level of assurance a student gains when he goes from failing to passing because you helped him with his homework? Can you measure the hope placed in a scholar’s life because you gave her a scholarship to college? Can you measure the level of confidence a dancer has when she gets on stage to perform? You get the picture, don’t you? Our level of gratitude is almost too deep to measure because we’re not dealing with just any ‘ole service’. We are serving students to the tune of over 12,000! You did that and we are too grateful for it to measure on the quality scale of life!  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

Glendora Yarbrough, Executive Director

The Greatest Volunteers on Earth

Thursday, November 9th, CIS hosted the annual Thank You Dinner for CIS volunteers, donors and stakeholders. What a night it was! From a High Striker to swirly lollipops. From monkeys to circus performers. CIS pulled out all the stops for our volunteers, and we wouldn't have it any other way. The evening started with food and mingling. The volunteers were able to walk around and enjoy the circus fun while circus performers, Rowan Renfroe and Josh Stevenson, put on an impressive show. Not to mention, our very own Tiger, entertained the crowd with his monkey antics. Next, CIS honored some special folks who have stood out to us over the year(s). 
Reading Partner of the Year- Christy Crouse
NCS Steering Committee Member of the Year- Marc Hauser
Edward Jones Volunteer Spotlight- Christine Govertson
Funder of the Year- AT&T
Business of the Year- Little Stitches
Supporters of the Year- James & Rose Andrews
Lunch Buddy of the Year- Joan McCord
Friends of Youth Mentor of the Year- Lynn Hoots
Partner of the Year- YMCA
Trailblazer Award- Jamie Little
Advocate of the Year- Landon House
Board Member of the Year- Phil Thompson
As usual, the night ended with the gift card giveaway. A special thank you to the Kulynych Family for allowing us to put on such an elaborate event. We are so grateful to be able to honor our supporters the way they deserve to be honored.
October's Lunch Buddy of the Month Sponsored by Edward Jones was Eddie Day. Eddie Day has gone above and beyond to show his commitment to CIS as a volunteer. We are so grateful to have him! Pictured: Craig Langston, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Eddie Day, Lunch Buddy of the Month and Jettie Walker, CIS Mentor Coordinator. 
New Century Scholars Give Back During Their Thanksgiving Break 
20 scholar volunteers including our New Century Scholars Coordinator, Melissa Higgins, worked for 3 hours at Samaritans Kitchen. They Packed food boxes, Organized and grouped items for the back pack program, cleaned the outside and swept the parking lot, unloaded shopping carts and stocked food donations.
CIS is so proud of this group for their dedication and giving up a day off to help others.


Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. If you choose CIS of NWNC to contribute to for this Giving Tuesday, it will be more than a donation, it will be an investment in your community. 
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CIS Welcomes our newest staff member, Fawn Roark, to the team! Fawn will be our very first site coordinator in Ashe County. She will be placed at Ashe Middle and will be over the Friends of Youth mentors in Ashe County, as well. We are so excited to have her and further our expansion into Ashe! 
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