Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
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Building Community Together
Providence Day School & Winterfield Elementary
Walking the halls of Winterfield Elementary in east Charlotte, two things stand out:  the amazing ethnic and cultural diversity of the students, and the colorful, inspiring artwork on the walls. One mural in particular - the one just outside the gymnasium - commands attention.This particular mural is special, as it was the brainchild and result of the two school communities coming together to find common ground and learn from each other.  Read More

Meet Dannei and Mr. Metz
So proud of this young man! Dannei Gayle is a CIS graduate from West Charlotte High School. He graduated July 14, 2017 - a day he calls "one of the best of my life." Today he is a freshman enrolled on scholarship at CPCC, but just a few years ago, his future did not look nearly so bright. Though he'd always been a good student, in the 9th grade he got in trouble and ended up in jail. That's when he met George Metz, CIS Youthful Offenders Counselor at West Charlotte. Hear the rest of Dannei's story and how Mr. Metz and CIS impacted him in this new video.

"I hope this gift can help start a move-ment to add deeper support for students in crisis."

- Howard Levine
Howard R. Levine Foundation gives $500,000 to new Crisis Care Initiative
In September, the Howard R. Levine Foundation announced it will give $500,000 over five years to CIS-Charlotte to launch its new Crisis Care Initiative, a key element of the agency's VISION 2020 strategic plan. The Crisis Care Initiative will deploy Intensive Case Managers in schools to support and provide wrap-around services for students experiencing severe circumstances and trauma.    Read More

Volunteer Spotlight
Ken Cotner with student.
Ken Cotner - South Mecklenburg High School
CIS Site Coordinator Ebony Wilson says students at South Meck have repeatedly paid the highest of compliments to CIS volunteer Ken Cotner, who volunteers as a math tutor. Wilson noticed that her students would be uptight and a little nervous before meeting with Cotner for the first time. "I think they were intimidated and weren't sure they liked the idea of a tutor," said Wilson. "But nearly every time after their first meeting with him, the kids would come back to me and say, 'He's cool!'   Read More

CIS-Charlotte named Observer "Top Workplace"
CIS-Charlotte was recently named a "Top Workplace" by The Charlotte Observer in its annual survey! The survey is based on employee feedback and administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, an independent research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. To be a "Top Workplace," organizations must meet strict standards for organizational health. Hooray for an amazing group of people that make CIS an amazing place to work!

Andy Kalbaugh
Welcome New CIS Board Members
Andy Kalbaugh is the new president of the CIS-Charlotte Board of Directors. Kalbaugh is the Managing Director and Divisional President for National Sales and Consulting with LPL Financial. He has served on the Board since 2013. In addition to serving on multiple Board committees, Kalbaugh and his team at LPL Financial initiated the Tees For Tuition golf tournament that provides college scholarships to CIS students. 

New members who joined the CIS Board in August include:

Men Tchaas Ari
Mecklenburg County DSS
Maxine Swayne
US Bank
Mary Ellen Player
Google Fiber Charlotte
Justin Wilkes
Elliott Davis Decosimo
Robert Russo
Independent Advisor Alliance

Visit this link for a complete list of our
CIS-Charlotte Board of Directors. CIS is grateful for their expertise, dedication, and commitment to the organization and the students we serve.

Giving Tuesday CLT:  November 14-28
Let's get geared up for Giving Tuesday! CIS-Charlotte is proud to be one of 230 local nonprofits participating in this global day of giving, which falls on Tuesday, November 28 this year. We are grateful to SHARE Charlotte for their leadership and enthusiasm to unite all Charlotte citizens behind this effort to uplift and support the many nonprofits doing amazing work for those in need. There are lots of events and multiple ways to GIVE GOOD during the two weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday - more info coming soon! 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 15 - that's our Kendra Scott Give Back night from 5-7 pm at SouthPark Mall that benefits CIS-Charlotte. The perfect place and time to get a jump on your holiday shopping!

ICYMI - Check out our Lowcountry Party Pics!
We were #AllinforKids at The Fillmore on Sept. 16 for our Lowcountry party! What a fun evening with a fantastic group of people ~ Enjoy our slideshow of party pics and make plans to join us next year!

Mark Your Calendar!
Nov. 2-5
Charlotte International Auto Show - Ticket sales benefit CIS-Charlotte  
Nov. 15
Kendra Scott Give Back Party benefiting CIS-Charlotte, 5-7 pm, SouthPark Mall
Nov. 28
THE Day!  Giving Tuesday CLT
Dec. 13
CIS Holiday Cards - Order Deadline 
Jan. 23, 2018
CIS Success Coach Training

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