Students at Redan High School Beautify Their Campus

CIS students at Redan High School spent a few hours planting flowers, removing weeds and cleaning up their school grounds. The group's community service was part of CIS of Atlanta's Choose Success, which provides mini-grants to student groups so they can enhance their communities. Three service projects will receive awards at this year's Choose Success Awards Dinner Gala. Will the Redan High School project take one of the prizes? Come join us and find out!

2014 Choose Success Awards Dinner

The 2014 Choose Success Awards

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta hosted a memorable celebration to distinguish academic and life accomplishments of students. The students' stories touched the hearts of more than 240 family, friends, educators, elected officials and special guests during the 10th Annual Choose Success Awards Dinner Gala at the Carlos Community Center Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Event emcee Monica Pearson of Kiss 104.1FM lead the program while Freddie Falcon and Captain Planet made special appearances to energize the crowd. The gala recognized elementary, middle and high school students from its Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton county partner schools for making significant improvements in their attendance, behavior and attendance, and for engaging in service projects that positively impacted their communities.

The videos below provide an opportunity for you to hear some of their stories in their own words.

Videos Featured at the Event

Elementary and Middle Schools Winners

High School Winners

Community Service Projects


Photo Gallery

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Choose Success Awards Dinner Videos- 2015 Student Winners

Videos Featured at the 2015 Event

Five students received awards for Individual Student Achievement. The videos below provide an opportunity for you to hear some of their stories in their own words. The service project video provides an overview of some of the outstanding community service projects implemented by our students.

Elementary and Middle Schools Winners

High School Winners

Community Service Projects


Photo Gallery

To view photos from the 2015 event,click here. Photos courtesy of

Bowling For Hunger Tournament

On March 1, 2014, Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta staff members teamed up with DJ Reec of HOT 107.9, Morgan and Morgan Law Firm and others for the “Bowling 4 Hunger Event,” a charitable bowling tournament sponsored by Positive American Youth (PAYUSA). The purpose was to raise money and to collect canned goods in an effort to fight hunger. During the bowling tournament, CIS of Atlanta site coordinators educated the community about the services that CIS provides for students and their family members.

AT&T Aspire Mentorship, Tri-Cities High School, Feb. 2014

Communities In Schools of Atlanta and students from Tri-Cities High School participated in the Aspire Mentoring Academy, a program sponsored by AT&T that prepares high school students for graduation and college/career readiness. The event gives the students a first-hand look at career opportunities, as well as knowledge and skills to help them succeed in the nation’s workforce.

La'Vonna Taylor, CIS Site Coordinator at Tri-Cities High School, organized the student visit, during which the group had the opportunity to learn about the telecommunications industry. The students also visited the AT&T Drive Studio, a working lab where AT&T conducts research on innovative ways to infuse automobiles with telecommunications technology and "infotainment" systems.

Reading Is Fundamental, H.E. Holmes Elementary, Jan. 2014

Every student at Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School received a free book. The students and CIS Site Coordinator Dedra Cochran were joined by volunteers, including REEC from Hot 107.9 FM. Students and staff members were allowed to dress as their favorite characters. Special appearances were made by Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), the Cat in the Hat, Superwoman and more!

Pledge to Graduate, Tri-Cities HS, Jan. 2014

Students from Tri-Cities High School participated in “Graduate for Más”, a community-based program sponsored by the Taco Bell Corporation that encourages students to graduate from high school. CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator La’Vonna Taylor coordinated the program. Students made personal commitments to graduate, and in return they received food incentives, as well as access to educational and social-media related online resources. As the students made their pledges, they were dressed in caps and gowns so they could visualize their future graduation.

Leadership Lunches, Dec.2013 - May 2014

“Leadership Lunches” pair young people and business professionals for 2 ½ hour exchanges of information. Youth explore career opportunities while adults meet bright, energetic students who attend Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta’s West End Performance Learning Center (PLC) program.

Students from various Atlanta-based schools had the opportunity of receiving hands-on mentoring through various companies sponsored by CIS of Atlanta Leadership Lunches; these companies included Coca-Cola Enterprises Aviation, Church’s Chicken LLC, Blockbuster Linen, Bank of America, Signature Aviation, and Delta Global Services. Through the program, students are exposed to career possibilities and real-life experience that will broaden their perspective on pathways to a successful future.

Making a Difference

Each day, CIS site coordinators and affiliate programs around the country make a difference in the lives of children and families. “Making a Difference” is a collection of viewpoints, from the voice of Communities In Schools President Daniel Cardinali, site coordinators working in schools and students directly impacted by the organization. The video details the ways in which Communities In Schools breaks down barriers that can prevent students from staying in school and achieving in life. It also touches upon the sound financial investment that Communities In Schools is, returning $11.60 on average for every dollar invested.

You can view other videos at the CIS of Atlanta YouTube channel.

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