Our Elementary After School Programming Staff hosted Family Fun Nights at their locations! These celebrations were a great way for students to celebrate summer birthdays as well as the end of the school year! We are proud that our staff makes such an effort to show families in these programs a great time! Each school put their own twist on their party; Clarksville families enjoyed a ‘Zumba’ themed event, Bridgepoint families enjoyed a delicious BBQ and fun games, and at Wilson Elementary students revealed their rock garden project that they have been working on.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, our annual 3,2,1 Read Appreciation Breakfast was held at First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, IN. This event is themed around showing our appreciation to the volunteers who dedicate their time to helping struggling readers in grades 1st-3rd grade strengthen their reading skills and confidence. We show them appreciation through a free breakfast and a CIS gift. We also announce the 2017/2018 School Year Volunteer Totals at this event to show the volunteers the impact they are making on our community. The totals are as follows:
Schools Total Volunteer Hours
Jonathan Jennings 72
Pleasant Ridge 56
Silver Creek Elementary 114
Silver Creek Primary 122
Spring Hill 310
Thomas Jefferson 23
2185 volunteer hours at $23.56 an hour (designated amount for volunteer time per hour)= $51,478.60
2185 brand new books were given away this school year! At an average cost of $4.00 a book = $8,740.00
Total Financial Value of the 3,2,1 READ Program
Total Actual value of the 3,2,1 READ Program
We would like to thank all volunteers, donors, board members, Resource Coordinators, and staff for making this program possible!
If you are interested in becoming a 3,2,1 READ volunteer, please contact Julie Moorman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-280-0028
Want to support this program but don’t have time to volunteer? Your donation of $20 a month can provide us with 60 new books to distribute to struggling readers!
Clark County students enrolled in our Middle and High school after school programs have enjoyed fun and educational field trips over the past few weeks! The students have attended field trips to Indiana University Southeast, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Maxwell’s House of Music!
At Indiana University Southeast, students were able to take a tour of the campus. For many students, this was the first time touring a college campus.
At the Muhammad Ali Center, students learned about the history of Muhammad Ali. Many people don’t know the many contributions Muhammad Ali made to the community and the world, so this field trip was extremely informational.
At Maxwell’s House of Music, students were given a tour of the entire building. The students were also able to enjoy a concert performed by local high school musicians!
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide students with fun and education field trips like these! We would like to make a special shout-out to our Secondary Program Manager, Mariah Alexander for coordinating these field trips and make them possible!
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 we recieved a donation of 2,957 books from Steel Dynamics of Jeffersonville, IN. Each year, with this year being the 10th year, Steel Dynamics has a fun competition between shifts to see who can donate the most books. This year’s winner was Shift B!
We are so thankful for this generous donation, as it provides us with books to give to struggling readers in our 3,2,1 Read Program. Our 3,2,1 Read program consists of a community volunteer meeting with a struggling reader once a week. Each week, that student receives a new book to add to their personal library!
On Wednesday, April 18, Vectren Foundation visited Bridgepoint Elementary School where they presented new books to struggling readers and 3,2,1 Read Volunteers. These new books were funded in part by a $5,000 grant from Vectren Foundation. The students were so excited to see all the new books that they would eventually get to take home and add to their personal libraries!
To learn more about our 3,2,1 Read Program, visit our services . If you would like to become a 3,2,1 Read Volunteer and be a part of this rewarding experience, contact email@example.com!
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 CIS staff and board members traveled to Huber’s Orchard and Winery at Plantation Hall to attend the One Southern Indiana ONE Awards where we were one of three nominees for Nonprofit Program of the Year. We were more than happy to accept the award and title, Nonprofit Program of the Year!
We would like to send a huge thank you to all that make this possible, including our wonderful staff who work hard in-school and after-school to make a positive impact on student’s lives, our volunteers who mentor students and help them gain confidence, to our board members, and our wonderful donors and sponsors who help us fund the programs that empower students to stay in school and achieve in life.
Thanks for being #AllInForKids!
Every year, we provide all 3rd grade students in Clark County with free dictionaries! The students are always so thrilled to recieve their dictionaries. This year, The Dictionary Project was sponsored by The Rotary Club of Jeffersonville.
The students always send us thank you letters using words they learned in their new dictionaries!
“Dear Communities In Schools,
Thank you for the dictionary. There are a lot of words I do not understand. I’ve always wanted my own dictionary and now I have one! I can look up words that I do not know. Finding new words is really exciting! The words in this dictionary are complicated. I really had to concentrate on my words. I like to read my dictionary because I can learn and have fun! It was thoughtful of you.
P.S. Most words are from the dictionary and “thoughtful” was my favorite.”
|Sterling K. Brown is Officially #AllinforKids
The Communities In Schools National Office recently announced the launch of a new joint video project with actor Sterling K. Brown and the creative team behind Funny or Die. You might know Sterling from NBC’s “This is Us”, his supporting role in “Black Panther” or last weekend’s hosting gig on SaturdayNight Live. We guarantee this is one performance you don’t want to miss!
With the help of a few talented site coordinators from our Los Angeles affiliate and an amazing alumna from our Mid-America affiliate, Communities In Schools collaborated with Sterling to film a mock celebrity PSA. The end result is a humorous short video intended to make you laugh and call attention to the important contribution that everyday individuals can make in the lives of students.
Every year, we provide 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Clark County with ISTEP snacks for the week of their testing. At CIS of Clark County, we know that focusing on a test can be tricky for students with an empty stomach, which is why we provide students with nutritious snacks to fill their stomachs while they take this important test. These snacks are provided at 15 elementary schools throughout Clark County and each student recieves two snacks.
This year, we have partnered with Aramark to provide these snacks for Clark County students.