Three students in Cochran/Bleckley County were regional contest winners in the annual Communities In Schools Student Achievement Month (SAM) contest. These students will move on to the state competition and will vie for prizes valued up to $1,000.
The SAM event boosts the confidence of students who are struggling in school and recognizes them for their achievements. The contest helps students achieve new goals and gain a better understanding of the importance of academic achievement and staying in school. Dedicated staff members and volunteers encourage students and ensure they complete SAM entries, which helps them assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline. “Our local affiliates and their volunteers work hard to assist students and establish relationships with local service agencies, businesses, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations”, said Carol Lewis, Chief Operating Officer for Communities In Schools of Georgia. “We know that bringing these types of services into the schools help children and their families succeed.”
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. CIS partners with local school districts and community organizations to connect resources and services to kids at-risk of dropping out and their families. ICF International conducted a five-year evaluation and compared results to over 1.600 studies screened by the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. The evaluation shows that the CIS model is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it both increases graduation rates and decreases dropout rates. In Georgia, 41 CIS local affiliates provide services through the CIS model to more that 140,000 students in hundreds of school and community-based sites. Key initiatives include mentoring, tutoring, parent engagement, literacy, after-school programs, youth leadership, and Performance Learning Centers. PLCs provide another learning option for high school students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. Communities with CIS programs have seen an increase in their high school graduation rates, a decrease in violence and disruptions, and an increase in attendance and academic achievement. For more information, visit http://www.cisfccochranbleckley.org or call 478-934-4300.
You may call the main office of Communities In Schools of Cochran/Bleckley County and Family Connection Community Partnership, Inc. at 478/934-4300 for information on any of our other initiatives including the 21st Century Community Learning Center After School program, Abstinence Education and Youth Development program or any of our Safe Schools/Healthy Students program services which include Mental Health services, Family Case Management services, Parents As Teachers program, or Wellness and Prevention programs.