Friday, September 2, 2016

Bigger and Better: College and Career Expo

Our largest College and Career Expo ever was held September 1 at Meridian Park.  More than 2500 students, juniors and seniors from all six public and private high schools, attended the event.

More than 80 colleges and 50 businesses were represented, giving students the opportunity to meet college recruiters, pick up information and explore various careers available in Walton County.










Bigger and Better: College and Career Expo

Our largest College and Career Expo ever was held September 1 at Meridian Park.  More than 2500 students, juniors and seniors from all six public and private high schools, attended the event.

More than 80 colleges and 50 businesses were represented, giving students the opportunity to meet college recruiters, pick up information and explore various careers available in Walton County.










Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How CIS Works Inside Schools


Take an interactive tour of the Communities In Schools model and see how we are surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.




Take a tour of our unique model!


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.”

Friday, January 15, 2016

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.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Walton County BBQ Festival Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2016 Walton County BBQ Festival, the signature fund-raising event for Communities In Schools of Walton County.  Last year's inaugural event raised more than $26,000 to help CIS surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.




Sanctioned by the Georgia BBQ Association, the Walton County BBQ Festival has been named a Double-Points Contest.  BBQ Teams earn points toward the GBA Team of the Year.  Spaces are limited and will be provided on a first-to-register basis. Vendor and sponsor registration is also open.
To sign up as a competitor, vendor or sponsor, please visit our festival website: www.wcbbq.com.

The festival will include:

  • 35 professional competitive BBQ teams from all over Georgia and beyond
  • craft and commercial vendors offering handmade goods, artisan wares, jewelry, etc.  
  • BBQ samples in the Walton Tribune People's Choice Contest
  • food vendors including competition BBQ, kettle corn, funnel cakes, Italian ice and more
  • a large children's area featuring face painting, inflatables, and more
  • a variety of family-friendly entertainment throughout the day
  • free admission
New this year:  More BBQ, better parking!  You told us and we listened. We will have a number of competition teams vending BBQ this year in addition to the samples that will be available in the People's Choice Contest.  Plans are also being made to provide more parking and better access.  We appreciate your feedback.

Mark your calendar for March 12, 2016 and don't miss this fun, family event that supports a great cause!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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.