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CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Assists in Mobile Food Pantry

Stanley, one of our site coordinators, assisted with the Mobile Food Pantry at his church, New Life Presbyterian Church, yesterday! All these boxes and bags that you see behind Stanley were all filled with food. Community members were able to drive through the church to pick up these bags. They served over 300 families in South Fulton! A report from the U.N. predicts that the coronavirus pandemic could cause up to 132 million people to go hungry in 2020. As millions of Americans have lost their jobs this past year, food insecurity continues to be a major problem. Food pantries such as this are a small way to ensure that our communities do not hungry during this pandemic. Thank you to Stanley

Did you know that this week National Bus Safety Week?

Felton, our Site Coordinator at Heritage Elementary School, and Kedric Sledge, the school’s Social Worker, delivered gift bags to all of their school’s bus drivers. These bags were filled with hand sanitizers, Heritage mask (Jaguar), and a device that opens the door without touching the handle. The bags were sponsored by Principal Turner Principal and were a hit!

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Helps Students “Fall in Love with Learning”

Shirkia, our Site Coordinator at Boyd Elementary School, created another great perfect attendance incentive. Attendance is one of their school-wide goals at Boyd Elementary. The transition to virtual learning has not changed the importance of this. By the end of September, 137 students accepted the challenge and logged in every day and remained engaged in learning. Shirkia wanted her students to “fall in love with learning,” and that helped build the fall-themed van this time. She gave her students mini pumpkins to decorate which allowed them to tap into their expressive side while enjoying their incentive bags. She states, “As a member of the CARE Team, I work collaboratively to make sure o

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Delivers Hotspots

When our students had to switch to virtual learning back in March, we discovered a great need for laptops and hotspots. Unfortunately, that need has hit our low-income communities the hardest as many are still awaiting the necessary technology. Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have set up a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help better serve our students and families during these unprecedented times. As of now, we have distributed over 300 laptops and hotspots to our students. Federica, our Site Coordinator at Cross Keys High School, has made deliveries to our students to make certain that they have proper internet access in order to attend classes online and complete their schoolwork. We a

CIS of Atlanta Alums Compete Against Each Other in College Football Game

For 60 minutes they battled, but this picture is an example of the brotherhood formed off the field through our CIS of Atlanta Locker Room Leadership Program. In this program, both Justin Eboigbe (University of Alabama) and Devonte Wyatt (University of Georgia) spend their time during the off-season, or a few minutes of spare time they have during the season, to speak to student-athletes aspiring to play on the collegiate level. Both young men played great games and represented their respective communities well. A product of DeKalb County Schools, Devonte is a first-generation college student who graduated from Towers High School (Decatur, GA). Justin is a graduate of Clayton County Public S

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Arranges Perfect Attendance Rewards for Students

Donnette Crooks, “Ms. Dee,” is our Site Coordinator at John Lewis Invictus Academy. Each month, she hosts a perfect attendance celebration. Normally, she would wheel this cart of goodies around the school to her students. However, since students are learning virtually, she stationed herself at the front of the school and asked parents to drive by the school to pick up their children’s goodie bags. For the families without transportation, she brought their bags to their individual homes! These goodie bags were to reward students for their perfect attendance in the month of September. Ms. Crooks will continue to celebrate her students for their hard work. She is pictured here with the school’s

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinators Donate and Distribute Supplies to Families

This past month, our Program Manager, Etolya and our site coordinators, Temeka (College Park ES), Tamika (H.E. Holmes ES), Ratiesha (Woodland MS), Jonelle (Conley ES), Felicia (Gullatt ES), Stanley (Parklane ES), and Angela (Nolan ES) picked up, packed, and transported supplies to the families that we serve thanks to a partnership with United Way. Our team also donated hygiene kits, school supplies, and literary activities to H.E. Holmes Elementary School. We are grateful for such a dedicated team who are #inschoolsandbeyond! If you want to contribute to our COVID-19 Emergency fund, please visit cisatlanta.org. #cisatlanta#communitiesinschools#communitiesinschoolsofatlanta#fultoncountyschool

CIS Site Coordinator Packs Bags for Students and Families

Our site coordinator at Heritage Elementary School, Felton Hodges, spent the afternoon putting together packages for his students and families alongside school social worker, Kendric Sledge, and AmeriCorps member, Monteneze Baugh. Our site coordinators are truly dedicated to being #inschoolsandbeyond! #cisatlanta#communitiesinschools#communitiesinschoolsofatlanta#allinforkids#heritageelementaryschool#fultoncountyschools#atlanta

CIS Atlanta Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month: Our Community

CIS Atlanta Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month: Our Community CIS Atlanta operates in many schools throughout Atlanta where most of its student population come from a Latinx background; Emile is one of them with a Venezuelan heritage. Site Coordinator, Federica, says Emile volunteers at an assisted living home next to her school. She gets excellent grades, has good attendance, and carries a sense of community/school belonging. She is sweet, smart, and kind. #cisatlanta#communitiesinschools#communitiesinschoolsofatlanta#allinforkids#latinx#latinxheritagemonth#crosskeyshighschool#dekalbcounty#dekalbcountyschools#immigrant

CIS Atlanta Partners with Roark Capital Group for Backpack Giveaway

Last Saturday, CIS Atlanta partnered with Roark Capital Group to host a backpack giveaway for our caseload students in the Therrell cluster of schools: Therrell High School, Bunche Middle School, and Kimberly Elementary School; all schools in the Atlanta Public Schools district. These backpacks were filled with school supplies, COVID-19 protective gear, wireless headphones, and gift cards to some of the amazing food chains they own across the country. In addition to these backpacks, we also distributed lunch boxes from Jimmy John's (owned by Roark) to the community. Families were able to come in person or drive through our site to pick these items up. We would like to thank Roark and Jimmy J

Site Coordinator Delivers Lunch to Decatur Families

Last Saturday, CIS Atlanta partnered with Roark Capital Group to host a backpack giveaway for our caseload students in the Therrell cluster of schools. In addition to these backpacks, we also distributed lunch boxes from Jimmy John's (owned by Roark) to the community. Our site coordinator, Mestophia Frame, delivered some of these lunch boxes to his caseload families and our community in Decatur. Thank you for your dedication, Mr. Frame! #cisatlanta #communitiesinschools #communitiesinschoolsofatlanta #allinforkids #atlantapublicschools #roark #jimmyjohns #backpackgiveaway

CIS Program Manager Makes Food Delivery to Local Extended Stay

Last Saturday, CIS Atlanta partnered with Roark Capital Group to host a backpack giveaway for our caseload students in the Therrell cluster of schools. In addition to these backpacks, we also distributed lunch boxes from Jimmy John's (owned by Roark) to the community. Given the fact that food insecurity in the metro Atlanta area is high, our Program Manager, Calleb Obumba, wanted to deliver more than 70 of the Jimmy John's lunch boxes to a local extended stay hotel which is home to families with students in Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, and Clayton County Schools. Thank you for your continued commitment to our students, families, and communities, Calleb! #cisatlanta #communi

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