All in for Kids in Alleghany- Amanda McCarn

Communities In Schools of NWNC has landed in Alleghany County! Amanda McCarn will be the new Site Coordinator for Sparta Elementary School. Amanda will be a full-time resource for students to be connected with the community.

Meet Amanda: 
"I’m Amanda Williams-McCarn, former Program Coordinator and Family Engagement Specialist for Alleghany County Schools’ 21st CCLC Programming. I am now the Student Support Specialist and Site Coordinator for CIS in Sparta Elementary School. Motivating elementary and middle schoolers every day to be the best versions of themselves is what I love to do! Living in the beautiful mountains of Alleghany County with my husband and two children, we enjoy the charm that our small town offers. I am working towards my Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision (MAEd/ADM). Painter, sculptor, data collector, STEM specialist, welder, a true modern-day Jane-of-all-trades!"

(Clearly, she will fit right in with our crew.) 

New Century Scholars Induction Ceremony: September 16th, 4 PM 
WCC Alumni Hall
New Century Scholars don't just volunteer during their time in the program, many come back to help out years later. This past weekend, NCS students volunteered at FaithFest to procure hours towards their 10-service-hours per year commitment. The desire to give back to the community must have stuck with the NCS alumni pictured above. Melissa, their former program coordinator, was ecstatic to have their help. 
Pictured from left to right:
Duncan Faw, WCHS & WCC graduate and currently working for WCC and Waggles
Crystal Hayes, EWHS graduate and Currently enrolled at Ross University
Melissa Higgins, CIS Director of Diversified Programs (former NCS Program Coordinator)
Adam Hayworth WWHS graduate and currently employed at Wilkes Communications
Back to School Shopping Made Possible by Bright Beginnings Program
For the second year, the YMCA partnered with CIS to provide a back to school shopping trip for students accompanied by a volunteer personal shopper. A total of 80 students from the community were able to participate during the two scheduled shopping days (double the amount of students served last year!). The kids were able to pick out a perfect amount of clothes at Kohl's to get the school year started. After clothes shopping, the students travelled to Burlington Shoes to pick out the freshest kicks. One student expressed his excitement all afternoon about the chance to own his first pair of Nike's. The volunteers stuck with their kids the whole way, making sure each kid received the most bang for their buck. The shopping trip was funded by generous YMCA donors to the Bright Beginnings Program. We are incredibly grateful for this partnership, the volunteers, the donors, and this time with the kids. 

Help students have access to transportation


Communities In Schools of NWNC needs your help. We have entered the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest provided by the First Tennessee Foundation. There are over 500 submissions and we need to be in the top 25! Please help us reach our goal so we can purchase a van for our organization. This will allow us to serve more students and grow our positive impact on the community. You can vote once a day until August 31st with a valid email. If you have more than one email, that means you can vote more than once a day.

Congratulations to Dustin Farmer
Mr. Farmer is an employee of our state office, CISNC, through the JAG  (Job's for American Graduates) program. He currently serves students at Wilkes Central High School. He was recognized nationally at the JAG National Training Seminar as one of 2 Peak Performers for the state of North Carolina. Dustin’s category of recognition was for his tremendous success with a high percentage of students in the bottom 25% class standing. This award is data-driven based upon information collected and reported in the JAG National Data Management System. He was very surprised and excited to receive this recognition.

Ashe County's Largest School Supply Drive to Date 
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative School Supply Drive concluded on August 10th and, thanks to the generous hearts of the people of Ashe County, was very successful.
            This year the Volunteer Initiative program partnered with Communities in Schools of Northwest North Carolina and WSOC Channel 9 School Tools to have our 13th annual School Supply Drive. We appreciate all the drop-off locations for allowing us to place boxes in their places of business since June 18th. Those locations include Fifth Third Bank, First Citizens Bank, all LifeStore branches located in Jefferson and West Jefferson, Ashe County Library, Medi-Home Health and Hospice, Ashe Service for Aging and Senior Center, Ameriprise Financial, Walmart, Jefferson Drug and Ingles. We would also like to recognize the employees of United Chemi-Con, who placed a box in their administration office and collected a large number of school supplies among themselves. Several of our area churches also collected school supplies and/or donated to the drive, we would like to thank them for their generosity also. First National Bank as well joined in with their Stuff the Bus campaign and added their supplies in with the rest; it has become a large community effort.
            The amount of items collected this year was remarkable: Everything from bookbags, packages of loose leaf paper, 3 ring binders, glue sticks, composition notebooks, scissors, index cards, crayons, colored pencils, markers, hand sanitizers, pencil cases, rulers, pens etc., totaling over 1,400 items. All these items were distributed among the five county schools. Monetary donations were also received and divided among the five schools.
The Ashe County Volunteer Initiative Advisory Board and Terri Hopkins, Volunteer Coordinator, offer our appreciation to the churches, businesses and individuals who supported this drive and freely gave so much. Also, special thanks go out to Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church Youth and Pastor Cory Halsey for helping to pick up, sort, and deliver the school supplies to our local school counselors to be given out to those students who are in the most need. You all are what makes Ashe County the most wonderful place in which to live and raise a family.
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