On the Nice List!

Communities In Schools of Walton County's SCES Site Team hosted the semi-annual celebration of good behavior, attendance and class work with the holiday edition of "It Pays to Be Good." Seventy-eight percent of the student body earned a ticket by having no conduct marks, no unexcused absences and no missing assignments for the first semester. Helping kids develop good habits is one way that CIS works to help build a strong foundation in elementary school so students can succeed in the later grades, graduate and achieve in life.


Walmart Grants $4500

Two separate grant opportunities netted $4,500 for Communities In Schools of Walton County from the Walmart Distribution Center in Monroe.

The first opportunity came in the form of a Facility Grant, for which Walmart DC general manager and CIS board member Stacey Hodoh invited CIS to apply.  CIS was among several local charitable agencies to receive funding through the Facility Grant program.

The second opportunity resulted from the associates' participating in the 3rd quarter "Volunteering Always Pays" program, an initiative to encourage Walmart managers to volunteer by rewarding the charities they serve.  Associates earned $3000 for Communities In Schools of Walton County by conducting the Stuff the Bus school supply drive in August and the Clothing Drive in October.

"Walmart is a new partner for us this year, and the support they have given us has been amazing," said Angela Yarman, CIS executive director. "Each time they have been involved in a project for us, we have been struck by the scale of their activities.  Their capacity to impact a need is just huge!"

From school supplies to clothing, coats and canned goods, from sponsoring CIS families for Christmas to supporting our operation with grant funding, Walmart has made a tremendous impact on CIS this year.


Local Employers See Great Promise in Kids

Eight local employers have signed up to employ students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the work-based learning program offered by Walton County Schools.  

Eleven students at Monroe Area High School interviewed with seven organizations for a chance to become part of the Great Promise Partnership, a program developed by the Governor's Office of Workforce Development to help students develop workplace skills through part-time employment.

"We select students whom we know will work hard and represent themselves, their school and our program well, but who need a little extra support in finding opportunities and transportation to enable them to participate in work-based learning," said Ivy Corder, Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at MAHS, who implements the program locally.  

Carmichael Drugs, Allstate Insurance - Ellerbee Agency, Williamson Properties, Keller Williams Atlanta Metro East, City of Monroe, Walton County Government, and FISH interviewed eleven students to fill seven positions for part-time work beginning next semester. 

The Great Promise students, like all students enrolled in work-based learning, will be released from school during the final class period each day, and will go to work.  They will receive elective credit for their work experience as long as they fulfill all of the requirements, which include excellent job performance and some academic assignments about their experience. 

Students enrolled in Great Promise receive additional supports, including the opportunity to interview with companies who specifically want to employ students who need extra help, transportation to work, and mentoring on workplace skills and problem solving. 

Read more about the Great Promise Partnership here.