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!

CIS students at Westlake High School dress to impress potential employers

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta and Work-Based Learning collaborated to host a job and career fair at Westlake High School in early March.

CIS of Atlanta students dressed professionally to hand out their resumes to potential employers.

The following organizations were just a few that were in attendance:

Six Flags
Benchmark Physical Therapists
Pain 2 Wellness Center
Union City Fire Department
Southwest Veterinary Clinic
South Fulton Pet Care & Grooming
U.S. Marine Corps
Country Financial Insurance

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CIS co-hosts community health fair for area families

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta and AMERIGROUP collaborated to present a community health fair for families at Cross Keys High School on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2015.

Students and families from the community stopped by to learn important health care information, receive health screenings and enjoy refreshments.

The following organizations participated in the health fair:

Catholic Charities Atlanta
Pregnancy Resources of Doraville
Latin American Association
St. Joseph Northeast Plaza
Consultorio Medico Hispano
Feminist Women Health Center
Lifting Latina Voices Initative
International Maternity Center-Cima Clinics
Cominar Latino
Diabetes Association
UGA-Cooperative Extension DeKalb County
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
Ventanillas de Salud
Amerigroup Community Care
Georgia State University Memory Lab
Sam's Club
AV Dental
Centro Hispano de Excelencia Finaciera

See the article published in The DeKalb Champion newspaper.

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Clarkston High School students uplifted, empowered to say "My Black is Beautiful"

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CIS of Atlanta female students at Clarkston High School were inspired during the My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB) "Sisterhood Symposium" on Friday, Feb. 7.

This year's program featured a dynamic panel highlighted by Rashan Ali, radio and television personality, and sports reporter. She was joined by Janelle Baranco, COO of Baranco Motor Company; Monique Johnson, community relations specialist and philanthropist; and Aiyisha Obafemi, COO of Disturbing the Peace Records.

Two students from Project Connect volunteered to host, facilitate and moderate the discussion around confidence, self-esteem, image, beauty, worth and value.

Students also watched the "Imagine A Future" documentary, which examines beauty and self-esteem issues that challenge black women and girls. The documentary deputed first nationally on BET.

MBIB is an extraordinary initiative of Procter & Gamble that celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American women and encourages black women to define and promote their own beauty standard. MBIB is designed to ignite and support a sustained national conversation by, for and about black women.

Students who attended MBIB were provided with P&G health and beauty products created for women of color, including shampoo, conditioner, hair color, hair mask, lip gloss, tissue and a MBIB cosmetic bag.

The event concluded with a special seated lunch for the panel served by students in the Culinary Arts Department.

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