Alexander County Board Member of the Year

Alexander County Board Member of the Year 2015

Pictured from the left are: Jordyn Mundy, Site Coordinator at WAMS; Glendora Yarbrough, Executive Director; Chad Pennell, Alexander County Board Member of the Year; Brittany Loudermilt, Site Coordinator at EAMS; Angie Yates, Program Director; Dawn Clawson, Board Chair.

At our regular CIS Advisory Board meeting today in Alexander County, Chad Pennell was recognized as the Alexander County Board Member of the Year. He was given the award by Executive Director, Glendora Yarbrough, Chad has been an Advisory Board member since 2012 and has a true heart for CIS. He works tirelessly to secure opportunities for CIS to be in the spotlight in the community. This year Chad has also accepted the role of Vice Chair for the Advisory Board. Thank you, Chad, for a job well done!

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Liberty Methodist Breakfast



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Reading Partner, Kristy Burnette, works with 3rd grade students to help increase their reading level.

Liberty Methodist is having a breakfast fundraiser this Saturday from 6:0010:00 am.  All proceeds will go to our Alexander County Reading Partners Program which helps 2nd and 3rd grade students at three elementary schools in Alexander County increase their reading level.

Please come and support this wonderful and much needed cause. There will also be story telling as well as pictures with Santa Claus for the kids. Community In Schools will also be raffling a chair donated by the kind folks at Craftmaster. 

Thanks in advance for your support!  Please contact April Oxentine for any questions or more details by phone at (828) 244-5645 or by email at

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We need your help to read!

Communities in Schools (CIS) in partnership with the Alexander County United Methodist Missional Network are excited to be working with and growing the Reading Partners Program in Alexander County. We are currently active at Taylorsville Elementary, Hiddenite Elementary and Stony Point Elementary schools. Reading Partners is a program in which volunteers from the community work with 2nd and 3rd grade students to help them learn invaluable reading skills.  The Reading Partners Program is in need of reliable volunteers at all three elementary schools.

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On Wednesdays Hiddenite Elementary meets from 12:05-12:35 pm and Taylorsville Elementary meets from 2-2:30 pm. Stony Point Elementary meets on Thursdays from 2-2:30 pm. All volunteers commit to spending 30 minutes each week tutoring a 2nd or 3rd grade student. In only 30 minutes a week, you can give a child the chance to significantly increase their reading levels and create an irreplaceable bonding experience for both the students and volunteers.
The Reading Partners Program supplies an easy guide to assist the volunteers in the tutoring process. To ensure the safety of the students, CIS completes a background check on all prospective volunteers. Volunteers will attend a short orientation before their volunteer work begins.  If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering for the Reading Partners Program, please contact April Oxentine by phone at (828) 244-5645 or by e-mail at

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“It’s A Wonderful Life!”


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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!

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Students Serve at Corner Table

LaTonya Hairston helped to organize a field trip to The Corner Table in Newton where the students (and staff!) had the opportunity to give back. LaTonya is the Site Coordinator assigned to the  Alternative Learning Program (ALP) in Alexander County.

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Students and staff getting the food ready to serve.

Students and staff preparing food for The Corner Table.

Students and staff wrapping silverware.


The Corner Table was pleased to have the help from the ALP students and gave them all credit for the hard work that was done. They said this was one of the best school groups they had ever had volunteer their time at the organization. The staff was also impressed with the students willingness to help. One teacher remarked, “It is a blessing to see the best of the students shine through.” Many times all it takes is for students to be given the chance to help.

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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! 🙂

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CIS Welcomes New Volunteer Coordinator

With the New Year upon us, resolutions are at the forefront of many a mind!  Marketers are ready on the draw, and commercials abound for gym memberships, diet plans, smoking secession programs and the like – all for those resolved to become a healthier version of themselves in 2015.

Though these commercials may make it seem otherwise, all New Year’s goals are not necessarily fitness related.  Recent surveys have revealed a large number of individuals geared up to increase their education levels in the coming year. To the philanthropic end of goal-setting, a surprising number of people desire to give back to their community by volunteering more!

Communities In Schools is a great avenue to meet a goal such as this.   Recently, we welcomed a new Volunteer Coordinator for our Reading Partners program at Hiddenite and Taylorsville Elementary Schools.


April Oxentine joined us November 17th through NC Literacy Corps, and through her work with Reading Partners will be providing small group and one-on-one tutoring to 3rd graders at both sites. This tutoring, however, is not possible without volunteers.

Currently, we have 5 volunteers at Taylorsville (TES) and 8 volunteers at Hiddenite (HES). Both sites are always looking for more willing individuals to come read with these young learners. HES volunteers meet Mondays from 1:30-2:00 pm, and TES volunteers help on Wednesdays from 2:00-2:30 pm.

If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact April Oxentine at 336-452-4367 for more information, or by email at

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