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It’s that “most wonderful time” of year again, and Communities In Schools of Wilkes (CIS) kicked it off right this Friday with our first Lunch Buddy Christmas Celebration of the season!
Hosted December 7th at Boomer Ferguson Elementary School, our outstanding mentors gathered at 2:00 to enjoy a time of fellowship, refreshments, and fun with their mentees.
Volunteers for Lunch Buddies spend one lunch period a week with a student in the program, building the relationships and offering the support and guidance needed to bring out the best in everyone involved. Our annual Christmas parties offer a chance for mentors to relax and enjoy the season, present the children with a gift, and get to know others involved in the program. Volunteers receive a small gift of appreciation as well, and have the chance to win a gift card through drawings held at their celebrations.
Program coordinator Jettie Walker works to ensure the fluidity of the events, moving right along to her next stop at Ronda Clingman Elementary on Monday, December 10th. She prepares each student a gift also — bringing even more joy and excitement into the gatherings — and would like to thank Wilkes Telecommunications for this year’s generous donation of gloves and chapstick for our mentees.
“This is a time to say thank you again to volunteers, and remind them to spread the word to friends, family and church members that CIS is always in need of Lunch Buddy volunteers,” she adds.
The parties will continue at 2:00 on their respective days at all area schools taking part in the program. The schedule is as follows:
If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a Lunch Buddy volunteer, please contact Jettie Walker via email, or by phone at 336-651-7830.
On Friday November 2nd, Communities In Schools of Wilkes County hosted an annual Thank You Luncheon for area volunteers. Held in the Stone Center, all who have offered time, service, or resources enjoyed a period of relaxation and fellowship, with a lunch catered by Dean Carlton.
Our awesome volunteers and donors have made CIS what it is today. Our expanding mentoring programs Lunch Buddies and Friends of Youth are in the process of merging, we’ve added two new site coordinators to our staff, and new New Century Scholars are accepted yearly. Our DanCIS program is something our students enjoy and pride themselves for. We’ve even had the pleasure of expanding into Alexander County this year! These advances and programs would be lost without the involvement of our community.
While all involved are invaluable to us, the CIS staff selected these few individuals to honor specifically.
Terry Carrol was honored as our Lunch Buddy Mentor of the Year for his service both to the program and his mentee. As a graduate from NC State and Winthrop University, and as an active community member, Terry serves as an amazing role model for area students. He’s pictured at left with our Executive Director, Glendora Yarbrough.
Duncan Faw was chosen as our New Century Scholar of the year, for his immense community service and outreach. Since his enrollment in the program in the 6th grade, he has given over 300 hours worth of service. His senior project brought him full circle, where he raised roughly $2,000 towards a scholarship like his own. He is pictured with New Century Scholar coordinator Melissa Higgins.
Our Business of the Year went to Walmart, which provided not only a generous use of space for Stuff the Bus and Build a Backpack, but also a change collection, and hot dog cart during tax free weekend! Alena Felts, Steve Penland, and Malinda Broyhill are seen accepting the award below with site coordinator Caitlin Pitkin.
Bojangles served as our Fundraiser Supporter of the Year, helping Communities In Schools develop a more effective system of food preparation and supply management. Through their advice and donations, we were able to develop a more effective heating system that saved both time and energy. The award was accepted by Dare Marley.
Rock Springs Baptist Church was selected as our Faith Supporter of the year. Through their church family, Rock Springs has contributed not only volunteers and donations, but also invaluable amounts of prayer and support. Pastor Brian Blankenship’s wife Alice was there to accept the award, pictured below at left with Melissa Call, our Financial Officer.
Instrumental to our Dance Program for the last several years, Mandy Marxen was honored with an award for Dance Volunteer of the Year. She has dedicated both her talents and hours of her schedule towards instructing our dancers, beyond her hours donating innumerable contributions to CIS and the DanCIS program.
The dedication of our board members this year has proved invaluable, leaving us with no choice but to choose two Board Members of the Year. Jared Belk and Armando Limon were the recipients. Since our accreditation in 2011 and beyond, CIS has been undergoing a myriad of changes to both our fiscal and personnel policies. These two members have displayed an infallible resolve towards improving the way Communities In Schools works as a business and as a whole.
Our Stuff the Bus Heroes were our summer interns Erica Hutchinson and Zach Triplett. Both dedicated their Tuesdays and Thursdays to our organization all summer long, but proved invaluable during the collection and distribution of our annual school supply collection. The two worked diligently towards both inventory management and our careful dispersal of materials.
|Zack’s mother Carolyn Triplett accepts his award.|
This year, our Super Hero has been Milton Harris. Milton has gone above and beyond this year, offering up his time and energy towards the collection of donations with a smile on his face through it all. He was a vital part of our Stuff the Bus campaign this summer, always ready to help us with our pickups and deliveries. We would be lost around here without him, and owe him our deepest thanks!
|Milton with site coordinator, Amie Rose.|
Again, CIS wishes to extend its deepest thanks to everyone who helps us make us who we are. You are the ones who help us make the difference. We are so very proud of all the wonderful things you’ve helped us accomplish this year, and look forward to seeing what 2013 will bring!
Wilkes County residents are encouraged to donate school supplies that
are in high demand and needed to equip local children for the new
school year. These include but are not limited to:
will be located for donation at Staples, Wal-mart, and CVS (D Street);
there will also be drop boxes inside the stores at these locations.
Drop boxes may also be located at area Dollar General stores, Walgreens,
Carolina West Wireless, CVS (18 North), North Wilkesboro Baptist, North
Wilkesboro Methodist, and Wilkes County YMCAs.
As a special incentive, the YMCA is offering a price-reduction of
their joining fee for all participants who donate a backpack! Bring in a
book bag and join for $19, a savings of $30 from their usual $49!
All school supplies collected from the “Stuff the Bus” campaign will
go to area schools and be distributed to students as needed. The 2011
drive successfully collected 24,500 items, either in donations or
purchased through a grant from the Kulynych Foundation – a goal CIS is
striving to meet and exceed this year!
“Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention
organization,” says executive director Glendora Yarbrough. “By providing
school supplies, our local students begin school with the necessary
tools to ease and optimize their learning, putting them on an equal
playing field with their peers.”
Donations will be accepted at drop box and bus locations now through July 31st.
Those who will be purchasing their supplies on Tax-Free Weekend are
welcome to bring their donations to the Communities In Schools office at
613 Cherry St, N. Wilkesboro.
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County has achieved national
accreditation, the Communities In Schools national office recently
CIS-Wilkes is the local affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout
prevention program. CIS-Wilkes met all 28 Total Quality System (TQS)
agency standards, and its school sites at North Wilkes Middle School and
C.B. Eller Elementary School met all 16 comprehensive site standards.
To meet the standards, CIS-Wilkes had to demonstrate that it delivers
programs to improve student achievement through both school-wide
services and sustained, individual interventions for students at highest
risk of dropping out. A three-person accreditation team spent two days
in Wilkes last November assessing the agency’s programs.
Meeting TQS standards ensures uniform quality and improved outcomes
for students, said CIS-Wilkes executive director Glendora Yarbrough.
Schools that faithfully implement the Communities In Schools model have
better math and reading performance, higher graduation rates and lower
dropout rates, a five-year independent evaluation showed.
Assessment tools are used to assure at-risk students get the services
they need, and an annual strategic plan helps the agency make the most
of limited resources.
Accreditation is the culmination of several years of work by the
CIS-Wilkes staff and board of directors. Agency leaders say the effort
was tough, but worth it.
“Staff confidence is at an all-time high,” Mrs. Yarbrough said.
“Their leadership and management skills have been commended by a
“By achieving national accreditation, we’ve shown the community that
we meet rigorous standards and are true to our mission to surround
students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school
and achieve in life,” Mrs. Yarbrough said.
Communities In Schools’ mentoring and support programs have helped
boost Wilkes County’s high school graduation rate from 62% ten years ago
to 80% today.
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County is among the first CIS
affiliates to achieve national accreditation. Communities In Schools has
nearly 200 local affiliates in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County brings caring adults into the
schools to address children’s unmet needs. CIS-Wilkes also sponsors
youth activities that give students the opportunity to learn, grow and
give back to the community. CIS-Wilkes programs include Lunch Buddies,
the Friends of Youth mentoring program, the New Century Scholars college
encouragement program and the Smart Girls and Wise Guys teen pregnancy
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County is a United Way of Wilkes partner agency.
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County honored its volunteers at an
appreciation luncheon Nov. 4, 2011 at the Stone Center in North
Wilkes Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Laws thanked the
volunteers for their service, and said they are making a big difference
in the lives of young people. Laws said the mentoring and support
provided by CIS volunteers helped boost Wilkes County’s high school
graduation rate from 62% ten years ago to 80% today.
Thanks to the volunteers, more than 1,200 Wilkes County students get
one-on-one support and encouragement from CIS programs, CIS executive
director Glendora Yarbrough said.
CIS staffers presented awards to the year’s top volunteers:
Josephine Redmon was honored as the Friends of Youth
Program Mentor of the Year. She’s pictured at left with Friends of
Youth Program Coordinator Jettie Walker.
Mrs. Redmon is a mentor to Brianna. They enjoy going to the YMCA,
eating out together and participating in monthly Friends of Youth
activities, Mrs. Walker said.
Mrs. Redmon is retired from Carolina Glove Company. She and her
husband John live in Moravian Falls and are members of Thankful Baptist
Church. They have one son, Thomas.
Mrs. Redmon has been a mentor in the Friends of Youth program for two years.
The Friends of Youth program is a one-on-one mentoring program for
Wilkes County students in grades 4 through 8. Volunteer mentors spend
two to four hours a week with a child doing everyday activities. Monthly
activities are also planned for all youth and mentors to enjoy as a
Barbara Gregory was honored as the Lunch Buddies
Program Volunteer of the Year. She’s pictured on the right with Lunch
Buddies coordinator Amie Rose.
“Barbara is an outstanding volunteer who attends her weekly visits
faithfully and shows great compassion and concern,” Mrs. Rose said.
Mrs. Gregory is retired from Ronda-Clingman Elementary School, where
she worked for 25 years as a teacher assistant. She and her husband
James live in Ronda and are members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
They have two children and four grandchildren. Mrs. Gregory has been a
Lunch Buddy for five years.
The Lunch Buddies Program pairs adult volunteers with children in
grades K through 3 at eight Wilkes County elementary schools. The
volunteers eat lunch with a child once a week, helping to build
self-esteem, confidence and positive attitudes toward school. The
program currently serves 120 students. Last year, volunteers spent more
than 2,100 hours with their lunch buddies.
Patricia Parks was honored as the Smart Girls
Program Volunteer of the Year. She’s pictured on the right with Smart
Girls coordinator Jettie Walker.
Smart Girls coordinator Jettie Walker praised Mrs. Parks for her
commitment to make a difference in the lives of middle school girls.
Mrs. Parks is retired from Tyson Foods. She is currently pursuing a
degree in Christian Education from Vintage Bible College in
Winston-Salem. She is a member of Grace Kingdom Life Ministries. Mrs.
Parks has six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Parks has been a CIS volunteer since 2006. She began working with
the Smart Girls program last year.
Smart Girls is a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum facilitated by
trained adult volunteers. In their weekly meetings with middle school
students, Smart Girls instructors build self-esteem and encourage girls
to make healthy choices.
Michael Wood was honored at the Wise Guys Program Volunteer of the Year.
Mr. Wood is retired. He moved to Wilkes County from east Texas two
years ago to be closer to family. Mr. Wood has been a CIS volunteer for
two years. He has served as a tutor and a Wise Guys facilitator.
Wise Guys is a male character development curriculum facilitated by
trained adult volunteers. Wise Guys instructors encourage sound decision
making and responsible sexuality in their weekly sessions with middle
Mr. Wood was unable to attend the award ceremony.
Darrell Groves was honored as the New Century Scholars Program Volunteer of the Year.
New Century Scholars coordinator Melissa Higgins said Mr. Groves has provided financial and hands-on support to the program.
Mr. Groves has also served as a mentor to students. “Last year,
Darrell was instrumental in helping a senior find a mentor that guided
him and helped him finish his project with flying colors,” Mrs. Higgins
“Darrell believes supporting higher education is what matters most in the life of a student,” Mrs. Higgins said.
Mr. Groves is employed by Vulcan Materials. He and his wife Wanda
live in Wilkesboro and are members of Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist
Church. They have one daughter, Samantha. He has worked with the New
Century Scholars program since 2002.
The New Century Scholars program encourages educational achievement
by guaranteeing Wilkes Community College scholarships to select Wilkes
County sixth graders. The scholarships are awarded upon graduation from
high school. Partners in the efforts are: CIS, Wilkes Community College,
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Education Improvement Committee and local
businesses. CIS tracks the students’ progress and engages the students
in regular service learning projects throughout middle school and high
school. The program enrolls 24 sixth graders each year from across
Betsy Welborn was honored as the CIS-Wilkes Board
Member of the Year. She’s pictured at right with CIS-Wilkes Executive
Director Glendora Yarbrough.
“We love Betsy in our office,” Mrs. Yarbrough said. “She is a marvel for CIS, and a true advocate for us.”
Mrs. Welborn has strongly supported the agency’s efforts to achieve
national accreditation. CIS-Wilkes expects to complete the accreditation
Mrs. Welborn has served as the board’s Programs Chair. She has also taught the Smart Girls curriculum to middle school girls.
Mandy Marxen was honored for her role as a volunteer for DanCIS, the dance program of Communities In Schools.
Mrs. Marxen has served as coordinator and lead instructor for the
program for the past eight years. Thanks to her, hundreds of Wilkes
County girls have been able to discover the joy of dance, Mrs. Yarbrough
DanCIS provides free dance instruction and dance wear to girls whose
families are unable to afford traditional dance training. The program
currently has more than 50 girls enrolled. Classes meet one day a week
from October to March. With two yearly performances, the students get
opportunities to show what they have learned to their family and
Mrs. Marxen was unable to attend the award ceremony.
Zachary Triplett was honored for his service as a CIS Summer Intern. He’s pictured with the CIS staff.
“Zach was a great helper to us this summer,” CIS’s Amie Rose said.
“He was very meticulous as he helped organize donations from the Stuff
the Bus campaign. He’s one of the best students who’s ever helped us.”
Zach is currently a sophomore at West Wilkes High School.
Food Lion store 2582 in Wilkesboro was honored as
CIS Business of the Year. The store organized a drive to collect snacks
for CIS after school programs.
Dave Rhodes of Applebee’s was honored for his role providing food donations for CIS’s Merlefest booth.
Randy Brooks and Petro Kulynych
were honored for providing special support to Communities In Schools.
Neither honoree was able to attend the award ceremony. Mrs. Yarbrough
notes this was the first appreciation luncheon Mr. Kulynych had to miss
over the past ten years. She thanked him for his steadfast support of
For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools of Wilkes County has
worked to surround students with a community of support, empowering them
to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS brings caring adults into
the schools to address children’s unmet needs. CIS also sponsors youth
activities that give students the opportunity to learn, grow and give
back to the community.
Volunteers are currently needed for several CIS programs. To volunteer, please call CIS at 651-7830.
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County is a United Way of Wilkes partner agency.
Runners competed in 8K, 5K and one-mile events. The races raised an
estimated $10,000 for Communities In Schools of Wilkes County, according
to CIS Executive Director Glendora Yarbrough. The money goes to fund
the New Century Scholars Program administered by CIS.
Philip Curley of North Wilkesboro won the 8K, with a time of 28:31.
Second was Colby Shell of Ferguson, who turned in a time of 29:03. In
third place was Glenn Bailey of West Jefferson, who crossed the finish
line with a time of 29:50.
The overall female winner in the 8K was Kaitlyn Mosteller, with a
time of 35:34. Second was Kimberly Holland of Wilkesboro, with a time of
36:34, and in third was Jordyn Halvorsen of Moravian Falls, who came in at 40:59.
2011 8k Race Results
1. Philip Curley, North Wilkesboro, 28:31.0; 2. Colby Shell,
Ferguson, 29:03.3; 3. Glenn Bailey, West Jefferson, 29:50.7; 4. Zachary
Barricklow, Boone, 30:26.5; 5. Phillip Summers, Winston-Salem, 32:37.9;
6. Will McElwee, North Wilkesboro, 32:47.9; 7. Keith Anderson,
Wilkesboro, 32:51.2; 8. Tiger Posey, Wilkesboro, 32:51.5; 9. James
Brooks, Hays, 33:03.7; 10. Chad Randolph, Mooresville, 33:11.6; 11.
Joseph Pardue, Wilkesboro, 33:18.2; 12. Barrett Eller, Hays, 35:25.8;
13. Robert Parsons, Wilkesboro, 35:27.1; 14. Kaitlyn Mosteller, Purlear,
35:34.6; 15. Allen Call, North Wilkesboro, 35:43.0; 16. Rodney Lee,
Lenoir, 36:16.3; 17. Benjamin Zachary, Taylorsville, 36:29.0; 18.
Kimberly Holland, Wilkesboro, 36:34.6; 19. Coleman Parrish, Wilkesboro,
37:10.5; 20. Steve Williams, Moravian Falls, 40:08.8; 21. Mark Luckey,
Purlear, 40:41.9; 22. Jordyn Halvorsen, Moravian Falls, 40:59.4; 23.
Frank Lewis, Lenoir, 41:11.5; 24. David Horton, Pilot Mountain, 41:23.5;
25. Heather Freeman, Moravian Falls, 42:01.1; 26. Tony Hayes, North
Wilkesboro, 42:01.9; 27. Suzanne Hanlin, Millers Creek, 42:44.9; 28.
Ginna Bennett, Wilkesboro, 46:20.5; 29. Robin Horton, Pilot Mountain,
46:26.7; 30. Lisa Pardee, North Wilkesboro, 46:32.6; 31. Parkah
Ferguson, North Wilkesboro, 47:20.8; 32. James Snyder, West Jefferson,
48:30.6; 33. Angie Boyd, Ararat, Va., 48:46.3; 34. Scott Wooten, North
Wilkesboro, 48:46.5; 35. Mary Sue Gregory, Millers Creek, 50:28.0; 36.
Sarah Maloney, Lewisville, 50:31.4; 37. Steve Womble, Lewisville,
50:31.8; 38. Roger Latterell, Wilkesboro, 50:32.4; 39. Brad Broyles,
Garner, 50:32.9; 40. Leo Pereda, Union Grove, 51:20.0; 41. Bryan Rogers,
Winston-Salem, 51:34.5; 42. Tim Hutchers, North Wilkesboro, 57:16.5;
43. Eric Byrd, Ferguson, 57:17.5.
2011 5k Race Results
1. Colby Shell, Ferguson, 17:46.1; 2. Caleb Catcher, Deep Gap,
18:09.3; 3. Duncan Faw, Wilkesboro, 18:41.4; 4. Lee Johnson, North
Wilkesboro, 18:48.8; 5. Tony Blevins, Wilkesboro, 19:09.0; 6. Chuck
Bayles, Blowing Rock, 20:20.7; 7. Dustin Tripett, Boomer, 20:22.7; 8.
Lacey Triplett, Boomer, 20:23.4; 9. Tim Warren, Lenoir, 20:33.4; 10.
George Pettigrew, Statesville, 20:39.8; 11. Robert Young, Wilkesboro,
21:26.2; 12. Eddie Hobbs, Richlands, 21:27.3; 13. Bill Fitch, Blowing
Rock, 21:42.4; 14. David Mitchell, Conover, 21:43.0; 15. Darin Bauguess,
North Wilkesboro, 21:45.0; 16. Allen Call, North Wilkesboro, 21:56.0;
17. Jay Erwin, Deep Gap, 22:15.7; 18. Kaitlyn Mosteller, Purlear,
22:16.0; 19. Kimberly Holland, Wilkesboro, 22:31.0; 20. Benjamin
Zachary, Taylorsville, 23:21.8; 21. Timothy Eller, Wilkesboro, 23:36.6;
22. Jordyn Halvorsen, Moravian Falls, 24:20.3; 23. Cora Young,
Wilkesboro, 24:28.4; 24. Clayton Moore, Taylorsville, 24:34.5; 25. Sarah
McKinney, North Wilkesboro, 24:38.6; 26. Kimberly Byrd, Roaring River,
24:49.8; 27. Phil Curley, North Wilkesboro, 24:56.0; 28. Sarah
Pettigrew, Statesville, 25:08.4; 29. Amy Purser, Bethlehem, 25:14.8; 30.
Maria Jones, North Wilkesboro, 26:39.4; 31. Sharon Curleu, Shallotte,
26:58.4; 32. Tim Huffman, North Wilkesboro, 26:59.0; 33. Lisa
Rutherford, Ennice, 27:03.8; 34. Kendra Brewer, North Wilkesboro,
27:05.3; 35. Catherine Altice, Todd, 27:09.1; 36. Carrie Wyatt, North
Wilkesboro, 27:10.6; 37. Jennifer Figueroa, Richlands, 27:16.9; 38.
Melanie Parrish, Wilkesboro, 27:21.2; 39. Emily Bitowell, North
Wilkesboro, 27:27.6; 40. Tony Mendes, Richlands, 27:32.3; 41. Kelly
McNeil, Jefferson, 27:34.4; 42. Kristyn Craig, Purlear, 27:44.2; 43. Sue
Anne Johnston, Hays, 27:44.8; 44. Leon Lewis, Boone, 27:49.4; 45. Kenny
Jennings, Wilkesboro, 28:07.0; 46. Mike Queen, North Wilkesboro,
28:15.5; 47. Kimberly Anderson, Wilkesboro, 28:20.1; 48. Gena
Whittington, Purlear, 28:26.5; 49. Laurie Randolph, Mooresville,
29:29.6; 50. Teresa Day-Penegar, West Jefferson, 29:43.6; 51. Kristina
Goulds, North Wilkesboro, 29:57.0; 52. Shannon Furr, Wilkesboro,
30:22.4; 53. Amy Greene, Collettsville, 30:29.6; 54. Tyler Rutherford,
Ennice, 30:40.0; 55. John Johnston, Hays, 31:19.6; 56. Graycie
Halvorsen, Moravian Falls, 31:24.5; 57. Hope Halvorsen, Moravian Falls,
31:35.0; 58. Scott Wooten. 32:20.1; 59. Todd Craig, Purlear, 32:47.0;
60. Lorene Blake, North Wilkesboro, 33:22.5; 61. Matthew Edwards,
Wilkesboro, 33:23.0; 62. David Edwards, Wilkesboro, 33:25.1; 63. Stacie
Taylor, Laurel Springs, 34:11.0; 64. Stephanie Huffman, North
Wilkesboro, 34:20.4; 65. Sherry Luckey, Purlear, 34:23.6; 66. Mark
Luckey, Purlear, 34:24.5; 67. Susan Ledbetter, Wilkesboro, 34:48.7; 68.
Dean Ledbetter, Wilkesboro, 34:50.2; 69. Janet Dengler, Roaring River,
35:48.9; 70. Allison Catcher, Deep Gap, 36:24.4; 71. Larry Harris, North
Wilkesboro, 37:47.1; 72. Karen Craig, Purlear, 42:48.5; 73. Adrian
Harrold, Millers Creek, 44:58.0; 74. Robin Jennings, Millers Creek,
44:58.7; 75. Sam Caudill, Wilkesboro, 45:01.3; 76. Angie McNeil, Millers