The Communities In School's Community of Support Breakfast held in late May was an inspiring morning, hosted by NBC4's Matt Barnes, and featuring an uplifting testimony by keynote speaker Lawrence Funderburke. Lawrence captivated the audience of over 200 community leaders and partners, corporate sponsors, students, and school personnel with his story of how he made "Game Time" decisions throughout his life that lifted him out of poverty into a life in which he achieved.
Students from Columbus City Schools and South-Western City Schools shared their personal stories of how their CIS Site Coordinators empowered and supported them to stay in school and achieve big goals in their lives!!
We celebrated the growth of CIS in the 2016-2017 school year as we added six full-time CIS Site Coordinators into six new schools and a new district partnership! We are also excited to announce more growth and additional district and community partnerships in the 2017-2018 school year. It is truly an exciting time in the history of Communities In Schools of Central Ohio!
A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor - Nationwide Insurance, Empowering Sponsor - Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing/CPO Management, and to all of our table sponsors for your participation and support: Bricker and Eckler, Cardinal Health, Columbus City Schools, CompDrug, Geoff and Katie Chatas, Huntington National Bank, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OCLC, Otterbein University, PNC Bank, Squire Patton and Boggs, and US Bank.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make our second annual breakfast a huge success once again!
Your generosity is a vote of confidence attesting to the difference we are making in the lives of students and families throughout Central Ohio.
With summer upon us, the team at Communities In Schools is excited to have time to plan for the upcoming school year, reflect on the past year, and celebrate our accomplishments in the schools. We are exploring ways to streamline partner engagements and reviewing our use of data as a driver of our work. As part of our involvement with the Partnership for Success, P4S, CIS will have access to a quality research-based assessment tool, which will allow our Site Coordinators to better analyze student needs in the area of social and emotional learning and to utilize more targeted strategies.
The Girls on the Run Program GOTR at Eakin Elementary School had a successful run this school year, thanks to the efforts of the students and their "coach", Eakin's full-time CIS Site Coordinator, Danielle Ross. “It was really a great opportunity for all of our girls and I am really glad we got to do it.” GOTR strives to empower young girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. GOTR teaches topics such as making and keeping friends and building self-confidence. It is a 10-week program that concludes with a celebratory 5K run. Danielle met with the girls twice a week to go over the lessons, followed by some running and stretches. “We were successful and everyone enjoyed it,” said Coach Ross. The program served 15 girls, 11 of whom completed the 5K run, which took place on Sunday, May 21.
Following one of the 5K practice runs around the school, one of the girls was heard screaming, “I feel so alive!” “It was the cutest thing…I loved it!” During the 5K run, one of the girls fell down and skinned her knees. When asked if she wanted to quit and get medical attention, she, with determination, just stood up, wiped off her bloody knees with the rain that was falling, said, “No, I’m good!” and completed the race – in the team’s first place position . . . And, that is what we call “Star Power.”
The full-time CIS Site Coordinator position at Eakin Elementary School is currently funded through our partnership and the generous support of the City of Columbus and previously by the United Way of Central Ohio.
Through your investment in our work, we are empowering students to stay in school and achieve MORE! Thank you so much for your continued support!
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