Josilyn is a warm, smart, friendly 5thgrader who attends Virginia Cross Elementary School in Siler City. Susan Collins Thompson is a creative, resourceful retired educator. Josilyn and Susan are friends as part of CIS-Chatham County’s (CIS-CC) Mentoring Program. Matched in late February, 2017, the pair meets regularly to have lunch together, work on school work, … Continue Reading
Here are some success stories from our programs.
*Please note: Personal names in this story have been changed to protect identity. The chances of Wayne committing a juvenile offense were high that spring. The weather was warm and the teens were just “hanging out” killing time. It was a simple act, just something to do for fun. The fun was short lived and … Continue Reading
When Enrique and Amanda Rojas met with CIS of Chatham County’s Mentoring Program Manager Shirille Lee more than 2 years ago, they said mentoring would be a family commitment. The mentee would be participating in family gatherings, and interacting with their own children. So before they made the commitment, their children would have to also agree … Continue Reading
Fighting was her way of settling a score. She angered easily and would lash out if things weren’t going her way. This way of dealing with others first appeared in 6th grade and reappeared in 8th grade. Her eighth grade fight resulted in Margarete being referred to Teen Court. To complete that program she was … Continue Reading
“She was a sweet, smiling, tiny child whose hair came almost to the ground.” This was how former Chatham Middle School teacher, Alicia Shoup, described the 6th grader who waved to Alicia daily from the classroom next door. Curious to know more about the friendly student, Alicia sought information from school personnel, learning little … Continue Reading
Communities In Schools of Chatham County: Mentoring Match Spotlight Sophia and Jane Kornblut Jane was missing her two young grandchildren after they moved to the West Coast. So she decided to try spending time with a youngster here in Chatham County whom she might be able to help with school work and cultural opportunities. About a … Continue Reading
CIS National Impact Report – Fall 2015 Check out the National Impact Report from Communities In Schools.
Dan Cardinali – Tedx Pennsylvania Avenue Talk Dan Cardinali is president of Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization serving nearly 1.5 million students in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Under his leadership, the organization has been recognized for developing a highly effective model for decreasing dropouts … Continue Reading
Siler City, NC, August 14, 2014 – Communities in Schools of Chatham County (formerly Chatham County Together!) has established a fund to honor the late Page Vernon’s devotion to the needs of at-risk children and youth. The Page Vernon Memorial Fund will support children and youth with programming that encourages their staying in school and … Continue Reading