Thursday

Walmart Clothing Drive

The generous associates at Walmart Distribution Center 6055 in Monroe are at it again!  As part of their 3rd Quarter "Volunteering Always Pays" initiative, associates collected sixteen 50-gallon totes filled with clothing, shoes and coats for students in need through Communities In Schools.

Michelle Walker and Jasper Jones, associates who coordinated the drive, called it a big success.  "We are so happy to be able to provide these clothing for students who need them,"  said Walker, who is an operations manager at the DC.



Site Coordinators from all seven CIS Sites in Walton County met at the distribution center to select clothing that was the appropriate size and style to fill the needs at their schools.  Some selected t-shirts and sweatpants to help mitigate dress code problems and help keep kids in class.  Some selected professsional dress to help students who were interviewing for jobs, awards, competitions and other opportunities.  Others picked up coats and sweaters to help students who needed help staying warm this season.   The clothing is kept on-site in each school to meet needs immediately as they arise.

"We are simply overwhelmed with gratitude for this outpouring of generosity from the Walmart associates," said Angela Yarman, executive director of Communities In Schools of Walton County.  "The associates took such care to be sure the items they donated were clean and in good condition.  That is not always the case with donated clothing, but the Walmart folks really took good care of our kids."

Tuesday

CIS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

During the critical middle and high school years, educating students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use among teens is a key strategy in helping them have a healthy future and achieve their goals.   Even  in elementary school, kids need to know the basics of how to avoid becoming caught in the trap of addiction. 

That's why Communities In Schools holds a strong commitment to helping organize and implement Red Ribbon Week Activities across all seven of the schools we serve. 

In cooperation with The Partnership for Families Children and Youth, CIS provides important education material, programs and special events to help kids understand how drugs and alcohol negatively affect their health and can potentially steal their dreams of graduation and becoming successful adults. 

Partnership youth development staff on hand at
Walnut Grove High School to help students experience
 Fatal Vision goggles.
Site Coordinators at each school designed bulletin boards to help educate all students about the different kinds of drugs and how each one affects their brain development and their health.  Site coordinators also worked with the Partnership's youth development staff to hold events during lunch which included allowing students to try on Fatal Vision Goggles, which simulate the visual impairment of intoxication, so that students can see how alcohol affects their ability to drive and make decisions. 

CIS Drug and Alcohol Awareness Bulletin Board at Monroe Area High School
"Red Ribbon Week helps students learn the truth about drug and alcohol abuse," said Amy Hunnewell, Youth Development Coordinator for The Partnership and CIS Site Coordinator for Carver Middle School.  "Students often hear from negative voices who make drugs seem glamorous and exciting.  They need to know how destructive these habits really are."