Thursday

The Power of the CIS Site Coordinator

This is what our awesome Site Coordinators do to make a difference in the lives of students!  

 


Milisa Wise at Walnut Grove High School
Ivy Corder at Monroe Area High School
Amy Hunnewell at Carver Middle School
Debra Rakestraw at Social Circle Elementary School


Proctor & Gamble, a national CIS partner, produced these videos to help tell our story.



Bill Inabinet Named CIS Volunteer of the Year

Bill Inabinet, assistant vice president and branch manager at Athens First Bank & Trust, was named the Communities In Schools Volunteer of the Year at our awards luncheon in April.  Bill serves as a member of the CIS Board of Directors where he co-chairs the Resource Development Committee and chairs the Career and College Expo.  He also serves as chairman of the Education Committee for the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

"He is a cheerful giver, always ready to lend a hand, contribute an idea, offer encouragement to our students, staff and other volunteers," said Jimmy Hogg, Chairman of the Board.  "He provides a valuable outreach into the business community and is a great asset to CIS."

Bill is committed to quality education in Walton County.  A graduate of Monroe Area High School, he received his degree from Georgia Southern University where he was a student leader and athlete.  He returned to Walton County to work and give back to the community he calls home.  His father, Bill Inabinet, Sr., served as chairman of the Walton County Board of Education for several years.  His wife, Blair, is a middle school science teacher in Walton County Public Schools.  They have two young children and attend First Baptist Church of Loganville.  

"It is such a pleasure to work with Bill," said CIS Executive Director Angela Yarman.  "He takes his volunteer work as a serious responsibility, rolls up his sleeves and gets things done.  He is also very thoughtful and analytical in the way he approaches challenges.  He is one of many great volunteers we are so fortunate to have leading our organization, and is well-deserving of this award."



Scenes from SCES "It Pays to be Good"

Students at Social Circle Elementary who had no discipline referrals in the second semester were treated to a water slide, obstacle course and a refreshing shower from the fire truck at the end of the year "It Pays to Be Good" celebration sponsored by Communities In Schools.  


"This is a great way to help teachers limit the disruptions that take away from instructional time," said SCES Principal Jodi Weber.  "The students know this reward is on the horizon and they really want to participate, so we get great behavior all year."


"I'm proud of all our students who made it," said CIS Site Coordinator.  "They worked hard and deserve a treat."  


In addition to the water festivities, the CIS Site Team at SCES also planned a fund raiser where students could "vote" by placing spare change in a jar to select Mr. and Mrs. SCES from among the faculty and staff.  The event raised $385 for the CIS Community Care Fund at SCES, an account that provides emergency financial assistance for students and their families. 


Check out the scenes from this fun day!

Yum!  Cake to start the celebration

Ready for the Obstacle Course

Big line for the Big Blue Monster Water Slide

Running through the "sprinkler"
from the Social Circle Fire Department

Hey, MACARENA!


Friday

FISH Named CIS Community Partner of the Year

Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) was named the CIS of Walton County Community Partner of the Year at the CIS Awards Luncheon on April 12.  


FISH Executive Director Cindy Little and Board Chair Ed Reinagle




Many Community Partners provide important resources to our students and form the community of support that is at the core of our work.    We simply would not be CIS without them.  We selected our award winner this year for their “can do” attitude toward helping students with whatever resources they need.  When all else fails, this organization is there for our students and for the whole community with everything from food, to clothing, to financial assistance.  The Backpack Buddies program alone accounts for a tremendous value as hundreds of our students receive food to take home for the weekend each week.  They truly embody the CIS 5 Basics and we are proud to name Faith in Serving Humanity, better known as FISH, as our Community Partner of the Year.


Scenes from the Career and College Expo





Juniors from six high schools across Walton County attended the Career and College Expo on April 12.  Sponsored by Communities in Schools of Walton County, the Walton County Chamber of Commerce and the Walton County Board of Commissioners, the event featured businesses and organization representing more than 100 careers and 19 colleges.  Students were able to explore careers and visit college recruiters during the event.