How CIS Works Inside Schools

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A Trusted Mentor Kept Ellie In School

What happened next?

Ellie’s mother struggled with drug addiction, rehab and arrests, making it difficult for Ellie and her sisters to stay focused on school and the future ahead of them.
CIS Site Coordinators Liberty and Victoria worked with Ellie via an initiative called Project Success, which helps kids prepare for SATs and plan for college. In addition, they helped the girls with transportation, yearly school supplies, prom tickets, Thanksgiving dinner and more – as well as gave Ellie the emotional support she needed to thrive.

Ellie, now 23, is currently enrolled as a fashion merchandising major at Texas State University. She's working toward a career she's passionate about and “now believes that everything is possible, because of Ms. Liberty…she brought out the confidence in me.”


A Trip to the Dentist Kept Cheyenne In School

What Happened Next?

Some days, the pain Cheyenne felt was unbearable. Throbbing toothaches were disrupting her life. At night she couldn’t sleep, and during the day she couldn’t stop visiting the nurse’s office. Her visible suffering was brought to the attention of Cassie Myers, the site coordinator at Communities In Schools of Ottawa, Kansas.
In meeting with Cheyenne, then a junior at Ottawa High School, Myers discovered a teen struggling with low self-esteem and living in an unstable home environment. She had recently moved to live with her older brother and his family. And because she could not afford it, Cheyenne’s dental health had gone unchecked for eight years.
Myers immediately arranged for Cheyenne to receive free dental treatment. Finally, after several trips to the dentist, Cheyenne was pain-free. Then Myers helped Cheyenne apply for and receive state health insurance. Myers also supported Cheyenne’s emotional well-being so she could refocus on school.

Myers met regularly with Cheyenne to discuss her plans for the future. She became a constant reminder that in order to build the life Cheyenne wanted, she needed an education. With hard work and determination, Cheyenne, who had finished her sophomore year with a 1.9 GPA, completed her final senior marking period with a 4.0.


Middle School Life Skills

Students at Carver Middle School, Youth Middle School and Loganville Middle School each had the chance to practice their table manners, common courtesies, handshakes and even their knot-tying skills during their CIS Life Skills events during October and November.

Volunteers taught students at various stations on tying a necktie, writing a proper thank-you note, making eye-contact and shaking hands.  Students then practiced their table manners with step-by-step instruction on dining etiquette.


Georgia Apply to College Day

Students at Walnut Grove High School, Monroe Area High School and Loganville High School were able to open and complete college admissions applications during Georgia Apply to College Days sponsored by their school counselors and CIS during the month of November.

Counselors, college recruiters and CIS volunteers were available to help students complete their applications during appointments set aside for students to use computer labs at their schools.

Hundreds of students took the opportunity to apply, and many colleges waived application fees for the event.


The Choice Bus

State Farm agents Chris Gallman, Patti Souther and Peyton Pettus sponsored The Choice Bus, a mobile exhibit encouraging students to stay in school, at Loganville High School, Monroe Area High School and Walnut Grove High School in October.

The exhibit, housed in a half school bus/half jail bus, features a movie theater where students could hear personal testimony from prison inmates who regretted their choice to drop out of school. Nationally, 7 out of every 10 high school drop outs spends time incarcerated.

At the end of the presentation, which included a discussion about setting goals and making positive choices, the theater was converted to reveal a full-size replica of a jail cell, allowing students to experience the stark reality of poor choices.

More than 1000 9th graders were able to experience The Choice Bus, and sign their pledges to stay in school