Friends and Good Mannners

"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go."
- Margaret Walker, African-American Poet, 1915-1998 

CIS Site Coordinators Debra Rakestraw (SCES) and Ivy Corder (MAHS) know that brains and brawn will only take you so far in life.  Truly successful people are those who get along well with others, and that's why they emphasize good manners as part of our CIS 4th Basic: A Marketable Skill to Use Upon Graduation."

Students at Monroe Area High School were treated to an encore of last spring's very successful Dining Etiquette program, where students from the Athens Tech Culinary Arts program catered in a formal meal and students were instructed on table manners, conversation skills and networking.  "Today's fast-paced culture offers kids little opportunity to experience formal dining, and when they find themselves at an interview, lunch meeting or awards banquet, it can be intimidating," Corder said.  "We want our kids to have this experience so they can be confident in any setting."

Every student at Social Circle Elementary recently attended a Life Skills Seminar, where volunteers from the community came in to instruct them on everyday manners like covering a cough or sneeze, holding doors, talking on the phone, addressing adults with respect and not interrupting conversations. Boys were instructed on how to tie a tie, and girls were given tips on how to sit like a lady. "These skills are important and the sooner kids start to use them, the sooner they become natural to them,"  Rakestraw said.  "I'm so thankful to the volunteers who made it possible for us to have every student in the school participate." 


Let's Go to College!

A whopping 205 out of 250 seniors at Walnut Grove High School (82%) completed college applications Tuesday during Georgia Apply to College Day. 

Representatives from several colleges, adult community volunteers, school counselors and other staff spent the day in the school's computer lab to help students complete the applications as part of the event, which was held at WGHS for the first time this year.  

Georgia Apply to College, sponsored by Communities in Schools, the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Independent College Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia, and endorsed by the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (GACRAO), has the goal of providing all Georgia high school seniors with the opportunity to apply to college using, with a focus on providing assistance to first generation and economically disadvantaged students as they navigate the college application process.

"We are thrilled that so many of our students took advantage of this opportunity and completed their applications today," said Milisa Wise, CIS Site Coordinator and organizer of the event.  "We know that many of our students are first in their families to apply to college, and the process can be overwhelming for the students and their parents.  The kids really need this support and are so appreciative." is a one-stop college access resource for students, teachers, parents, and colleges which places all the information a student will need about career planning, staying on track in high school, selecting and applying for college, applying for financial aid, HOPE Scholarship and more.  "Students really need to tap into this resource and make the most of it, and Apply to College Day helps them do that,"  Wise said. 

November is Georgia Apply to College Month, and events like this are being held all over the state.