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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King Middle School students honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with day of service

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CIS of Atlanta students at King Middle School highlighted the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision at the Budd Terrace Nursing Home on Jan. 15 in honor of MLK Day.

Students held up signs as part of their commemorative performance of "Modern Day, I Have A Dream" skit for the residents as a way to celebrate the life and achievements of the American civil rights leader.

The spirits of the residents were uplifted as they sang along with students to influential songs about hope and faith.

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Catching Students Before They Fall

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta announced on Friday, Jan. 23 that Dr. Demona Warren has been named a 2015 Unsung Heroes Awards winner. Warren was recognized for outstanding work in helping students overcome obstacles to succeed in school and achieve in life.

“I am truly honored, humbled and grateful to be receiving this award,” said Warren. “This award is shared by all of us at CIS of Atlanta for the hard work and dedication to meeting students’ needs.”

Warren is one of five site coordinators honored by the national Communities In Schools’ network as best in class for their dedication to doing whatever it takes to keep kids in school. Read about how she was "created to do this!"

“At Communities In Schools, Unsung Hero is synonymous with dedication and commitment to serving students,” said Gary Chapman, executive vice president, Communities In Schools. “All of our site coordinators are inspiring and are true examples of going the extra mile and being the difference to a student’s success and in their lives. We’re thrilled to recognize their exceptional work.”

The Unsung Heroes Awards were created in 2007 to give national recognition to local schools, communities and Communities In Schools’ site coordinators for changing the picture of education in America. Communities In Schools’ Unsung Heroes are keeping kids in school, doing whatever it takes to eliminate barriers and never giving up, on anyone.

The 2015 honorees were recognized at the Communities In Schools’ Leadership Town Hall, held in New Orleans, La., on Thursday, Jan. 22.

The complete list of 2015 honorees, with links to videos and full profiles of each, can be found here.

West End Academy celebrates seniors for accomplishments

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West End Academy Performance Learning Center held a special celebration for seniors on Dec. 20 to spotlight the achievements of students and their dedication of attaining their academic goals.

The program included guest speakers Paul Bryant, 13 Content Company and the Leadership Institute; Frank Brown, Esq., executive director of CIS of Atlanta; and David Jernigan, deputy superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools (APS), whom spoke on behalf of Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of APS. Project Administrator of Project GRAD Isaac Sparks represented Timothy Gadson, associate superintendent of APS.

West End Principal Dr. Evelyn Mobley provided words of wisdom before students rejoiced after receiving their diplomas in the presence of proud family and friends.

The fall 2014 class includes 29 seniors, of which 11 were accepted into Arkansas Baptist College. Students boarded a bus on Sunday, Jan. 11 and bid farewell to their parents and families as they were prepared to pursue their career goals at Arkansas Baptist. The opportunity to enroll at Arkansas Baptist was made possible by Atlanta Public School Board Member Dr. Steven Lee (District 5).

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