Executive Director Corner
Money is certainly critical to a non-profit’s mission. Allow me to highlight an equally important if not greater component: Champions. This agency has had gigantic support from individuals across all spectrums. Beginning with our founders, most noteworthy the ubiquitous Jim Melvin and the great D. Hayes Clement, we have suffered no shortage of magnificent supporters. And after twenty-eight years, one notices a shocking reality: illness, death and disability visits them as it does the general population. No one prepares a non-profit leader for the demise of one’s champions. 

Since April, we have lost three: Emilio Joseph Bontempo, aka “Leo” (April 13), Dr. Sandra Alexander (June 10), and most recently, Dr. Nora Carr (June 30). Each played a critical role in our growth and development. 

As former president of Novartis and member of the United Way board of directors and allocation committee, Leo became a staunch advocate for our work. He and his wife, Anne, sponsored the first home-based fundraiser for CIS. Dr. Sandra Alexander advocated tirelessly for CIS’ expansion to as many schools as possible, speaking glowingly about the care that CIS provided, particularly to vulnerable students and families.

Nora guided and advised us brilliantly over the course of her thirteen years in Guilford County Schools. She often sent a flattering note about a victory or after a particularly successful Student Awards Luncheon, our hallmark event highlighting the successes of our students. She never closed her door to us, no matter how challenging and contentious the matter. 

As I sat through her service on July 5 with Mindy Oakley, Beverly Williams, Mona Edwards, Jeri Rowe, et al, and a community of family, fans and followers, it hit me that we must give our heroes and heroines their due while they walk amongst us, and that we must never take them for granted. 
What's New with CIS Greensboro?
New Projects! 🤝
In 2022 we're expanding on relationships we already have and creating new relationships with new partners who are just as passionate about our mission as we are!!!!

🤓 Student Success Stories!!!
Ashleigh Greene came from a working-class family, one where she didn’t face any tremendous set-backs, but Ashleigh benefited from CIS' wrap-around services! Read more about her story below!

Summer 🌻
Camp Returns!
Thanks to a new partnership with Boys and Girls Club, the African-American Mentoring Initiative (AAMI) summer camp returned this summer at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center...

Our New GCS 🚌
Interim Superintendent!
Guilford County Schools Board of Education appoints new interim superintendent - Whitney Oakley. "She is the right person at the right time..." board chairperson Deena Hayes says.

Dr. Tony Watlington Goes to Philadelphia! 😊
From custodian, to school bus driver, to principal by the time he was 29, our very own Dr. Tony Watlington will be Philadelphia's next Superintendent, and WE couldn't be more proud!!!

Congratulations to Our Student Grads, Class of 2022! 🎓🎓🎓
We're working directly inside schools making a difference in the lives of students with the greatest need. We are so proud of our student graduates, Class of 2022! We love our students and their bright futures IN THE MAKING!!

We will share more in the future about our graduates and what they will be doing!
Recent AAMI Grad Signs with South Carolina State! 🎓🎓🎓
Tamorye Thompson participated in AAMI (African American Male Initiative). Thompson most recently signed a letter of intent to play for South Carolina State. Grimsley head coach Darryl Brown says “He was the defensive player of the year in our conference this year…” Way to go Tamorye!! We wish you well!!
A Movement for Change
A more equitable system of public education in America is not a fantasy. It’s a choice.

Make a choice — please help CIS continue our work to ensure that all students, regardless of race, gender, zip code, or socioeconomic background have what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond!