Tri-Cities High School students bridge the gap over the summer

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Officer Miles Nicholson of the Atlanta Police Department spoke to more than 40 Tri-Cities High School ninth-grade students about dealing with figures of authority, how to talk to police and consequences of negative behavior.

Officer Nicholson was last week's featured guest speaker as part of the Summer Bridge program. With the theme of "Hunger Games," the program encourages students to support and motivate their peers.

Using a variety of differentiated instruction, students participated in academic competitions, scavenger hunts, social skills games and team-building activities while reading the novel "Hunger Games." Guest speakers were invited each week to provide students with a motivational experience. The Summer Bridge program concluded with a field trip to Pin Strikes Entertainment Center for team-building activities and a recognition ceremony.

CIS of Atlanta hosted the Summer Bridge program at Tri-Cities, along with other partner schools within DeKalb and Fulton county public school systems. The Summer Bridge program allows incoming ninth-graders to engage in learning activities focused around the subjects of math and reading to help them retain knowledge over the summer. CIS staff integrate a variety of creative activities to promote and enhance the team building experience.

Students are provided with a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch each day of the program.

Check out the video of Tri-Cities students during the Summer Bridge program:

Spark a child's imagination by shopping at Macy's

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CIS of Atlanta is partnering with RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) for the 2015 Macy's Be Book Smart campaign to support children's literacy. The campaign kicked off Sunday, June 21 and concludes Sunday, July 12.

Macy's customers can give $3 at their local store and receive $10 off a purchase of $30 or more. Macy's will donate 100 percent of every $3 donation to RIF to go towards providing free books to children in need across the country, including CIS partner schools in metro Atlanta!

Now in its 12th year, the Be Book Smart campaign has raised more than $30 million and provided over 10 million books to kids! Help RIF bring the joy of reading to more children this summer.

There are two ways to donate: You can visit one of the following Macy's stores:

  • Gallery At South Dekalb
  • Greenbriar Mall
  • Lenox Square
  • Perimeter Mall
  • North Dekalb Mall
  • Northlake Mall
  • Cumberland Mall

  • Or, if you can't make it to a store, you can donate online, and we'll visit Macy's and Be Book Smart on your behalf!

    To learn more about CIS of Atlanta's RIF programs, and to see a video clip of some of our activities, click here.

    For more information about Be Book Smart, click here.

    Check out CBS46 News featuring CIS of Atlanta Partnerships Manager Dionne Butler discussing the organization's partnership with RIF:

    CBS46 News

    Cedar Grove students give back to homeless women, children

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    CIS of Atlanta students at Cedar Grove High School collected items to create "love baskets" for the homeless women and children of My Sister's House Atlanta and Beloved Atlanta as part of this year's Choose Success service learning project.

    The baskets were filled with handwritten cards, handmade quilts, books, food and personal items and were delivered to the shelters.

    The Choose Success experience allows CIS students who face various social and economic challenges to serve others in need.

    The 11th annual Choose Success Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 30 at The Commerce Club, located at 190 Peachtree Street. The ceremony will honor students for their achievements and BlackRock Chief Investment Officer Rick Rieder with the Anne Cox Chambers Champion for Kids Award. Fred Blankenship of WSB-TV will emcee the program.

    Check out what CIS students had to say about their selfless giving in The DeKalb Champion!

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