February in CIS of NWNC.

CIS of NWNC continues to grow! 

As of February 15th, Communities In Schools of Northwest NC has a full-time staff of 20 employees. CIS now serves 10 school sites with the CIS Model. That means 10 schools in Northwest North Carolina have a CIS staff member placed in their school full-time, implementing dropout prevention programs and resources, as well as managing a caseload of students with the greatest needs. Site Coordinators are the go-to person when a teacher senses a child didn't get any sleep the night before, isn't equipped with the necessary resources to succeed or just isn't getting the support they need at home. Site Coordinators are there to allow a teacher to teach and give the students the tools they need to succeed.
CIS welcomes our brand new site coordinators:
Le'Rone Gore: Stony Point Elementary
Dawn Waugh: Wittenburg Elementary 
Jessica Childers: Hiddenite Elementary
Shannon Morgan: Ellendale Elementary
Kelsey Ferrell: Taylorsville Elementary 

CIS Friends of Youth Celebrate Mentoring
A Mentor Appreciation Dinner was held Saturday, February 17th at Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery for all active mentors with Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina. Several past mentors also participated in the event by sharing their stories about their mentoring journeys.
January was National Mentoring Month, and this year Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina celebrated the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults. 
Dr. Essie Hayes, a past mentor, said she connected recently with one of the young people she mentored. Hayes said she asked the young lady she’d mentored if there was anything she wanted to pass along to the group at the mentoring celebration. Hayes said the mentee wanted Hayes to know that “You brought me out of my shell.” Hayes said the young lady she mentored also, “taught me a lot. She was such a blessing to me.” Hayes reminded everyone that the mentoring experience can be like a box of chocolates. “You don’t know what you will get, but it’s just so sweet,” Hayes said.
SECU Visits High Schools to Promote Financial Literacy
High School Student Support Coordinator, Dana Zacharias brings in resources from the community to help teen students in the area. Last month SECU visited East High, North High, and Wilkes Central implementing the Reality of Money workshop. In this workshop, students learn about the realities of housing, groceries, transportation and all of those pieces we know make up our monthly budget. This workshop enforces good decision-making and thoughtful planning for students to use when they graduate. 
Book a Vacation Anywhere and Support Communities In Schools of NWNC
The weather is beginning to feel warm, spring is around the corner, and the itch to go on vacation is getting stronger and stronger. Let our very own board member, Phil Thompson, do all of the hard work. All you have to do is tell him where you want to go and he will set it up for you. The best part? All of the profit will go to CIS of NWNC. No need to feel selfish about taking a vacation when it's helping kids, right?
Contact Phil today @ (828) 781-5769. You won't be let down! 
Lil' Cookers with Tiger Posey 
Once a month, Riverstreet Productions and Communities In Schools of NWNC partner up to create the yummiest (and cutest!) TV show on the air. Lil' Cookers features different Wilkes County students every month. The students choose the food they would like to prepare and they cook it together. Occasionally, you may find a challenge episode where the student goes up against Tiger's culinary skills, cooking a different meal than him, and going head to head for the best meal. Keep an eye out for this funny, family-friendly TV show featured on RiverStreet TV, channel 815. 'Kids say the darndest things' is an understatement.
New Century Scholars Senior/Donor Dinner 
Sunday, Communities In Schools celebrated our 2018 graduating class of New Century Scholars, as well as the donors who paved the way to success. Mr. Mark Byrd, WCS Superintendent, began the evening welcoming the students, families and donors. Mr. Byrd was excited to be at the event, explaining "sometimes in this profession you have 'have to' events, and sometimes you have 'get to' events. This is a 'get to' event." He was proud to report that this particular event has been happening since the class of 2018 was in first grade. He finished his speech proclaiming that everyone would leave the event feeling better than they did when they got there. 
New Century Scholars Coordinator, Melissa Higgins, spoke next about her pride in the NCS class of 2018. Mrs. Higgins shared that these students had been successful participants in the NCS program since 2012 and this group had not taken the easy path to get where they are today. This class pushed themselves by taking honors classes, AP classes, CTE classes, and took advantage of WCC Career and College Promise program. Mrs. Higgins continued on to say these students not only pushed themselves academically but donated their time diligently to their own community. Mrs. Higgins then addressed the parents of the NCS graduates, thanking them for allowing her to work with their children and for all the times they provided transportation to service projects and events. She finished up with a promise to the students that their hard work will pay off and that getting their degree will make all the difference in what their future holds. 
Following Ms. Higgins, Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC President and Sheneele Wagoner, NCS Steering Committee Member and Lead Teacher at WCC, presented the NCS 2018 graduating class with their program certificates. Before handing the certificates out, Dr. Cox told the students, families, and donors what he normally does at WCC graduation. He asks the graduating class how many in the crowd are first-generation college graduates. A good amount of students usually raise their hands. Then he turns around to his faculty and asks the same question. Usually, about 2/3 to 3/4 of the faculty are also first-generation college graduates. He then told the 2018 NCS graduating class- "by being college graduates, you are not only opening doors for yourselves, you're opening doors for your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The chances of your children graduating college increase greatly if you have graduated from college. We are so proud of you!" Ms. Wagoner added that she thought on her way to the event "how amazing it is that all of these people were in this room, at this event, to celebrate the importance of the NCS students." She told the students her hope was that they understood how wonderful it is to have so many people surrounding them with support. 
To complete the evening, Glendora Yarbrough, CIS Executive Director, thanked the donors with an acrostic poem. Ms. Yarbrough used the word 'success' to express her gratitude to each donor. Each letter stood for a different attribute of the eclectic group of NCS donors. From surrounding students with support to concern for the well-being of our future community, Glendora wrapped up the essence of what it really means to be an NCS supporter. In addition, Glendora spotlighted Kathy and Wayne Myers as exceptional donors in 2018. The Myers donated the largest one-time amount to the New Century Scholars in the history of the program. They are true supporters and believers in the importance of education for our youth. 
NCS 2018 Graduating Class: 
Destiny Dixon      Jesse Blevins     Alex Holcomb
Holly Dowell        Holly Deskins       Kendal  Stuart
Matthew Broyhill   Megan Crane   Anahi Rosales
Koby Brooks       Skylah  Clonch   Seth Wagoner
Tyler Roten        Elizabeth  Jenkins    Andrea  Parlier
Jesus Gamboa   Lacey Triplett     Tesia Adams

New Century Scholars Program Donors: 
    Frances Davis               Delta Chi Chapter       Hunting Creek Transport   
         James and Rose Andrews         Northwest General Insurance    
Wilkes Communications   Michael and Rachel Jordan     Sheneele Wagoner       Steve and Samantha Lockton   Mike and Fay Kennedy     Mary C. Spears 
Miller Funeral Service   Marc and Carla Hauser     Gordon Reins Smoak 
Brad and Melanie Shinaman     Dr. Sylvia Smith      Arnold and Becky Lakey    Robin Gambill    Lanny and Diane Stephens       Kathy and Wayne Myers
Camp Challenge Returns Summer 2018
Communities In Schools of NWNC students who are rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders and classified as high achieving students with low to moderate income are eligible to attend Camp Challenge in Greensboro, NC at YMCA Camp Weaver. While at camp, students participate in a variety of activities including archery, swimming, team-building, gardening, and hiking. The unique benefit of Camp Challenge is a Basics of Personal Finance course, which includes lessons on responsible spending, saving, investing, and entrepreneurship. Students also learn basic etiquette skills and practice reading, writing, and speaking skills. In the evenings, campers sit around a campfire, attend a block party, or participate in another fun group activity. 
For more information contact the CIS office @ 336-651-7830
CIS of NWNC Staff is Officially 100% Trained to Implement Strengthening Families
After Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, all of the Communities In Schools staff has been certified to help implement the Strengthening Families program. SFP is the first research-based family program designed specifically for substance abusing parents and their high-risk children. The program has evolved into a program that works for every family. SFP is not focused on substance abuse but strong families reduce the risk for many adverse behaviors in children. Being trained in this program, allows CIS staff to implement the SFP program in Northwest NC when presented with the funding opportunity to do so. SFP not only strengthens families but also strengthens the community at large. 
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