Juniors from Six High Schools Explore Colleges and Careers at CIS Expo

Communities In Schools of Walton County recently teamed up with the Walton County Chamber of Commerce and the Walton County Board of Commissioners to bring the College and Career Expo to more than 1400 juniors from six high schools.
The event held April 28 brought exhibitors from more than 85 colleges and local businesses to talk with students about their future plans to further their education or start their careers.  The double gym at Meridian Park in Loganville was selected to accommodate students from Loganville High School, Loganville Christian Academy, Monroe Area High School, Social Circle High School, Walnut Grove High School and George Walton Academy. 
"I hope we can make this an annual event," said Gary Hobbs, superintendent of Walton County Public Schools. "I think it will grow each year."
Nearly 60 business people representing everything from accounting to veterinary science volunteered their time and preparation to give students a glimpse into the variety of career fields available and to chat with students about the training and requirements for the jobs. "Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the Expo today. Our booth was busy and we had a great time," said Mylinda Knittle, owner of Spring Street Studios in Monroe. "My profession has changed so much in the last few years with digital and Photoshop - everyone thinks they can do it. It is important for students to understand how much education is necessary to do the work professionally."
 Sixteen colleges from all over Georgia were on hand as well as military recruiters.  "This is a great opportunity for the juniors to meet them as they are just beginning to think about their plans," said Nathan Franklin, principal of Loganville High School.  "This gives them a first look at what is ahead as they plan to graduate next year."
In addition to getting out of class for a fun field trip, students thought the opportunity to take a peek at so many options in one place was great.  "I really liked being able to meet so many businesses.  It really opened my eyes to what's out there," said one student from Walnut Grove High School. 
"I was very impressed with the students," said Randy Camp, owner of Burman Printing/Walton Media Services.  "They were very engaged and well prepared."
You can read more student comments in the article that appeared in The Walton Tribune by clicking here.

Scenes from the Social Circle Elementary CIS Health Fair

A Healthy Start and A Healthy Future - it's one of the CIS 5 Basics, and it was the focus of the CIS Health Fair planned by Site Coordinator Debra Rakestraw and her site team at Social Circle Elementary School.  All 400+ students worked their way through stations screening for vision, hearing, blood pressure, height and weight before hitting the exhibits for fruit smoothies, free toothbrushes, healthy snacks and information on nutrition, hygiene, bus safety, alcohol and drug awareness, and personal safety. 

Students gather in the gym to work their way through exhibits with
the community members who came out to share information and resources

"This is more fun than field day," said one fourth-grader, which is saying a lot. CIS Site Coordinator Debra Rakestraw sees the importance of engaging students and their parents in making healthy choices.  "They can't do well in school if they have health problems," she said.  "When they aren't well, they miss school, can't focus, and sometimes have discipline problems.  This health fair lets us talk to parents about problems we might find and lets the kids get the help they need."

Kids line up for fruit smoothies from Walton Athletic 24 - delicious and nutritious!
Volunteers help out moving 400 students
through the blood pressure check. 
Students had their stats recorded on a
passport to take home and share with parents

Students were given free toothbrushes and
toothpaste samples

The school nurse provided vision screenings