Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Each county selects up to ten individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

Nomination forms are available in Wilkes County at the following location(s): Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina located at 613 Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro, United Way of Wilkes County located at 910 C Street in North Wilkesboro, and the Wilkes County Public Library located at 215 10th Street in North Wilkesboro. This year, the nomination form will also be available at as an online form which also can be submitted online. It can be found under the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards tab then look for Nomination Forms.

Please return the completed forms by mail to Angie Yates, Communities In Schools, 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 or by email at no later than close of business January 6, 2020.

Join CIS for a Night at the Movies

Join us for free showings of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the newly released “Frozen II”

at Liberty Theatre, 816 Main St. North Wilkesboro, NC on December 6th, at 3:30, 6:30, and 9:00 pm. Please bring a stocking stuffer for a donation in lieu of admission into the movie. We hope to see you there.

CIS thanks Piedmont Federal for their support!


Follow this link for more information.



“It’s A Wonderful Life!”


IAWL 2015

Join Communities In Schools on Friday, December 11, 2015, for our 3rd Annual showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life!”

In conjunction with The Liberty Theatre and Piedmont Federal Bank, this Holiday classic will be shown at 4:00, 7:00, and 9:25 pm. The picture will show on both screens (one color, and one black and white), and admission is free with the donation of a stocking stuffer item for students enrolled in the Communities In Schools program.

Items requested include hair accessories, socks, individually wrapped chocolates, toboggans, gloves, and gender-neutral grooming items such as hand sanitizer or chapstick.  Liberty Theatre will also be offering free cotton candy during the event — so be sure not to miss out!

If you are unable to make it to the showings but would still like to contribute, you may make stocking stuffer donations at any time to the Communities In Schools office, Liberty Theatre, and the North Wilkeboro Branch of Piedmont Federal.  For more information, call 651-7830 today!

Headed to College Race 2015

Our great challenge for an even greater cause is just around the corner!  Bring your friends and family along in May for the 11th annual Headed to College Race for Communities In Schools!

Featuring a 5k, 10k, and 1 Mile Color Race, we offer a little something for everyone. Whether you’re just getting started in the realm of fitness or you’re a certified enthusiast — join us May 9th for fun, fellowship, and a good run.

Information is available at our race website and at the CIS office (613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro). Contents and easy navigation are listed below:


Click here to find out more about our New Century Scholar program, the beneficiary of funds generated in the 5k and 10k Races.  Also, learn more about North Wilkesboro Elementary — this year’s sponsor of our first ever Color Run!

Race/Registration Info

Navigate to this page in order to find out times, starting locations, and registration information for each event.

Register Online

Sign up online and save paper — and money on the registration fee!  All the more motivation to go green, right?

Business Sponsorships

Find a current list of race sponsors — alongside level pricing and contact information for those interested!


From water stations to an iced rag at the finished line, Communities In Schools hopes to offer it all in this unique and philanthropic endeavor!

New This Year

Navigate here to find out what’s new to our 12th Annual Race.


Can’t come to the race but still want to donate to the cause? Head on over this way and make a donation online!

Click here to view our brochure, and remember to share! 🙂

Homerun Derby by Kinetic Fitness

Be sure to join Communities In Schools this Saturday, October 11 at Memorial Park to participate in Kinetic Fitness’ Homerun Derby!  If you are unfamiliar with this type of event — Homerun Derbys enable friends and neighbors the chance to test their batting skills, with the added bonus of a prize for the most proficient.  Better still, all proceeds will benefit programs and services for area
youth through CIS!

Registration for the event will cost $20 for the “Super Competitive Group” (300ft field), and $5 for the “Just for Fun” (285ft). Early registration will be open until October 10th, and check-in/late registration will begin October 11 at 9:00 am.

We hope to see you out for some fun and fellowship — as well as contribution to ever-growing cause.  It is through events and contributions like these that Communities In Schools is daily able to make the difference in the lives of area learners!
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating, or you would like to know more about the event, view the flyer on Facebook by clicking here or call 336-990-0075 today!


Stuff the Bus FAQs

The staff of Communities In Schools of Wilkes County has been happy to see the culmination of our 13th Annual Stuff the Bus campaign this year!  This outreach effort sees its peak as school counselors and staff come to collect donated supplies for distribution among area learners.

With the start of the school year right around the corner, the myriad of questions and inquiries from area parents and caregivers are entirely understandable! As such, we have compiled the following FAQs for your reference and informational purposes.

  1. Will these supplies cost anything?No.  Supplies are collected through in-kind and monetary donations throughout the summer months. Communities In Schools provides these items to area primary and secondary schools to be distributed to students entirely free of charge.
  2. Who qualifies for these items?
    Currently, there are no income requirements necessary to receive free supplies in association with the Stuff the Bus program.  All students who do not have the supplies necessary for academic success are welcome to see their school counselors for assistance in procuring these items.
  3. How do I / How does my student receive free supplies?
    Contact the school counselor at any of our public area elementary or secondary schools, including Wilkes Early College. Counselors picked up supplies Thursday, August 21, 2014 — and will have items available for pickup should your student have need.
  4. Are any of these resources available at local colleges?
    Currently, Communities In Schools does not provide any supplies to area colleges, though items are available through Wilkes Early College.
  5. Where do I sign up to receive these items?
    There are no forms required to receive access to these resources.  Simply talk to the school administration at your respective school sites — they will be happy to help!
  6. Where can I pick up these resources? / Can I pick up these resources directly from your office?
    Unfortunately, Communities In Schools does not have the space or manpower necessary to undertake the distribution of our materials on site.  As such, items will be distributed to school employees prior to the start of the school year.  To collect, please address inquiries to your respective school administration.

    For additional questions or more information, you are welcome to email us at, or contact us by phone at 651-7830.