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
PADV
CETPA
Feminist Women Health Center
Lifting Latina Voices Initative
International Maternity Center-Cima Clinics
CPACS
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
Costco
AV Dental
Maldef
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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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.

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