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!