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PPG invests in future citizens

PPG Plant Manager, Todd Douthit (left) presents a check from the PPG Industries Foundation to CIS Executive Director, Christina Cooley Howell (center). Brigette Tinsley (right) is an environmental engineer at PPG and a CIS mentor. She also serves on the CIS board of directors. At-risk students at Lexington Senior High School will receive

Young church member’s mission to help others lives on

From left: Jamie Davis,  Rhetta Kepley, Rev. Dr. William B. Shrout Jr., and Curtis Putnam Hundreds of students will walk into their classrooms on the first day of school this year confident that they have all the tools they need to be successful - all thanks to the generous spirit of one young

CIS says goodbye to longtime board members

Carol Crouse (left) and Myra Thompson (right) each served on the CIS Board of Directors for 9 years. Both women plan to remain supportive of CIS and its activities. After nearly 20 years of combined volunteer service to an agency with a mission close to their hearts, Carol Crouse and Myra Thompson say

Build A Backpack returns to Walmart

Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County will again partner with Walmart of Lexington to collect school supplies for economically disadvantaged students through the Build A Backpack campaign. Now through Aug. 31, Walmart shoppers in 144 stores across the state will have the opportunity to purchase school supplies and place them in large bins marked with

Mentor watches would-be dropout receive diploma

When Brenda Everhart met Samantha as a sixth-grader at South Davidson Middle School, Samantha was convinced she would leave school behind for good as soon as she was legally allowed to drop out. Everhart helped her see the importance of staying in school and was there to celebrate as Samantha graduated from South Davidson

Mentor surprises lunch buddy at graduation ceremony

Deneesha Edwards has developed a close relationship to her lunch buddy, Ja'Nia over the last three years. The pair met at Charles England Elementary School when Ja'Nia was in third grade. They recently celebrated her fifth grade graduation together. When Ja’Nia arrived at Charles England Elementary School on June 7 to participate in

Mentors: EOY evaluation forms are now available

Mentors - we need to hear from you! You are the driving force behind our ability as an agency to reach at-risk students on an individual level and, hopefully, to keep them from dropping out of school before they reach their graduation day. You are the reason that every single school year more than 95

Congratulations 2013 Mentor of the Year Award winners!

The results are in! Here's a look at the individual school winners of the Donna H. Black Mentor of the Year Award for 2013 (don't forget to check back soon to learn which two of these deserving mentors are named system-wide Mentors of the Year!): Lexington City Schools  Deneesha Edwards Charles England Elementary Dexter Garner Lexington Middle

Real estate entrepreneur indulges inner child as mentor

Eddie Kearns, a local real estate entrepreneur, makes Wednesdays worthy of excitement for fifth-grader, Triston, who has been looking forward to his mentor's weekly visits for the last six years. As the owner and operator of Kearns & Associates Inc., Eddie Kearns spends the majority of his week immersed in the very adult

Celebrate teachers this week by sharing CIS

It seems like every week, every month, and almost every day, is dedicated to honoring a different group of people or activity. We at Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County try to stay on top of them all - last month we honored volunteers, back in January we appreciated mentors, and on April 4th we