Letter: Celebrate Communities In Schools' success

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 09:18 AM

To the editor:

It is during this time of the year that Communities In Schools sits back to reflect on the success of the previous school year. It is a time when we celebrate with the families of students who graduated in 2013. This year CIS had the largest graduating class in the 24 years that programs have been provided in the school system; 57 students walked across the stage to receive high school credentials.

It is also a time when we thank the community supporters, sponsors, donors, volunteers, mentors and lunch buddies. Without the support of the community, CIS would not be able to provide programming that makes a positive impact in the lives of the students and families served.

This year we celebrate four successful fundraisers: the annual CIS Family Giving/100 Who Care program, the Hibriten Hill Run, Celebrate the Children/A Taste of Caldwell County, and Blues in the Grass. People from all over the county give to CIS through a variety of sources and for a variety of reasons, but mostly to support the students in Caldwell County.

The highlight of the year is knowing that positive changes have been made, successful fundraisers completed, classrooms are full, students have been successful and the work of Communities In Schools has been completed for one more year.

Now the planning starts for next year. I have been asked many times what do you need the most for the coming year? CIS will always need funding, but at the top of the list this year is caring adults to give time to build relationships with students by becoming a mentor. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” I challenge you to step out and become a mentor through the CIS program; make a difference in the life of a child!

Thank you, Caldwell County.

Debbie Eller, executive director

Communities In Schools of Caldwell County