H.E. Holmes students receive free books through RIF

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Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School students received free books through a RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) event sponsored by Communities In Schools of Atlanta on Monday, Dec. 15.

Every student within the school was provided the opportunity to select their own reading book to add to their personal home library, and strengthen their enjoyment of learning.Howard University alumni partnered as CIS of Atlanta volunteers to help distribute books throughout the school and aid students in decorating bookmarks.

Students also received snacks and watched the movie "Frozen."

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Breakfast Chat & Chew highlights effective CIS strategies to support Clayton County students

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta hosted a Breakfast Chat & Chew event Wednesday, Dec. 17 to allow Clayton County school leaders, teachers, students, parents and partners to discuss successful strategies that may benefit the county schools and communities.

Held at Elite Scholars Academy, the breakfast was co-hosted by State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-75), State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-74), and Clayton County School Board Member Jessie Goree (D-3).

Elite Scholars Academy Principal Dr. Shonda Shaw and State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-39) welcomed the group of more than 30 Clayton County stakeholders and CIS of Atlanta staff. CIS of Atlanta Executive Director Frank Brown, Esq., explained the resources and community partnerships needed in order to aid students toward high school graduation.

A video was also shown, in which students share their personal stories of triumph made possible through the support of CIS of Atlanta.

As the group enjoyed a hot breakfast catered by Beverly’s Catering Services, a panel of CIS of Atlanta site coordinators and school personnel expressed the importance of the organization’s role within the lives of students and families. The panel included Towers High School CIS Site Coordinator Derec Oby, DeKalb County Area Superintendent Dr. Ralph Simpson, Clarkson High School Ninth Grade Assistant Principal Eric Robinson, Clarkson Counselor Ricki Hawkins, Clarkston CIS Site Coordinator Calleb Obumba, Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School RTI Specialist Princess Pelzer and Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary CIS Site Coordinator Dedra Cochran.

Among the several elected officials, educators and community leaders in attendance were Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day, Clayton County Chairman Jeffrey Turner, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Yulonda Beauford, Clayton State University President Dr. Tim Hynes, Atlanta Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas and United Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Ernest Childs.

Check out the article featured in Clayton News Daily.

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Donation of athletic wear allows students to stand tall, focus on learning

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta is able to provide students in need with new athletic wear due to the support of an anonymous donor.

CIS of Atlanta students face a wide range of struggles every day, including poverty, neglect, homelessness and violence. How can students remain optimistic about their futures when they feel like their personal hardships are impossible to overcome?

Coming to school with tattered sneakers and T-shirts in the winter adds to the physical and emotional obstacles our students face. Thanks to the donations of CIS advocates, support of school staff and the CIS model, students are able to learn in the classroom, and teachers are free to teach.

“Some of these kids have never had a pair of brand new shoes,” said Dr. Demona Warren, CIS site coordinator at Westlake High School. “Donations are greatly needed because the kids we serve aren't the ones who live in million-dollar homes. During the holidays we receive referrals from families who simply want one clothing item so that they can give something to their child on Christmas.”

CIS site coordinators are also providing the donation of athletic shoes, socks and clothes as an incentive for caseload students who make improvements in their behavior, attendance and/or academics.

“The donation of shoes means a lot to our students because they don’t have a lot of things,” Warren said. “[Students] are working hard toward getting great grades because they know they have a chance to receive these premier incentives.”

It takes a whole community to help kids achieve in school. YOU can also help change the picture of education for students in metro Atlanta by donating your time, money and resources.

Local barbers provide in-kind services to aid CIS students

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta partnered with Future Cuts Barbershop to provide students at Banneker High School free grooming services on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

More than 30 students were selected to receive the incentive due to their improvements in behavior and academics.

Future Cuts plans to continue the partnership to also provide grooming services as an in-kind donation to needy children in the South Fulton community. CIS students may not have access, funds or the opportunity to take advantage of grooming services, which causes them to become less self-confident and not be able to focus on learning.

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