The Walton County Chamber of Commerce invited Communities In Schools to be its program at the March membership luncheon at Monroe Golf & Country Club. CIS executive director Angela Yarman opened the program with an overview of the CIS 5 Basics.
Bryan Hicks, principal at Monroe Area High School, and Jodi Weber, principal at Social Circle Elementary School shared the positive impact of CIS on their schools. "It's been great for us," said Mr. Hicks. "It's nice to have this kind of support from the community. They just come in and get things done."
"We have seen a real impact on attendance, discipline and the relationships we have in the community," said Mrs. Weber. "It has been very positive."
MAHS student Chelsea Smith told the audience how CIS is helping her reach her goals. "I want to go to Savannah State University and study to become a school social worker," she said. CIS has helped me decide on a career and make a plan. I am going to Prepared, Polished and Professional and CIS is helping me get some eyeglasses. I am really thankful."
Board member Bill Inabinet, who chairs the Career and College Expo and co-chairs the CIS fund raising campaign, closed the program by telling the audience how they can become part of the community of support by registering for the Expo, signing up to be a Career Coach, donating to the professional clothing closet and liking us on Facebook. "We all know the impact education has on the economy," he said, "and that's why, as a community, we have to support our students and help them succeed."