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CISCF works in partnership with public schools to identify and connect students, many in jeopardy of dropping out, with the community resources they need to stay engaged in school.

CISCF offers programs in area schools and brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers together to help meet students’ needs.

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We offer programs in After School, Non-Traditional Learning, Teen Parenting and Dropout Prevention.

Learn more about what each of these programs have to offer to our youth and how they can enrich their lives and their learning with help from the community.

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Communities In Schools is a local non profit supported by grants, corporate and private donations.

CISCF always has a list of items needed to support our programs and our services to youth. In addition, cash donations are greatly appreciated and always go directly to the services we provide for our local youth.

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Student Spotlight


This week’s spotlight shines on Alaze, an 8th grade student at Penderlea School! Alaze grew up in Raleigh and lives with her mom, who is Vietnamese. Her favorite subjects in school are English and Language Arts, and for fun she enjoys drawing, listening to music and reading. Alaze also loves getting phone calls and visits from her Aunts “they make me feel really happy!” When asked what she likes most about her CIS Student Support Specialist, Alaze said “I like that Ms. Hansley is straight-forward and pretty chill. She’s good at dealing with different personalities, and she helps me with my homework and with getting to know more people.”
After high school, Alaze hopes to go to art school in New York and become a multi-media artist / animator. Keep up the hard work and dedication, Alaze, it will take you far!


This week’s student spotlight shines on Mon’Dasia, a 3rd grade student at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering! Mon’Dasia lives in Wilmington with her mom, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and her dog, Junior. For fun, she likes to play on her trampoline and do flips, watch YouTube videos on her phone, and dance. Her favorite subject at school is Math!

When asked what she likes about her CIS Student Support Specialist, Mon’Dasia replied “Miss Danielle is nice to us every day and is really sweet” adding “She takes care of people. She gives me hugs every morning and makes sure that I start my day off happy! She tells me that if I read and practice school work outside of school, I will get better at it, especially math. My favorite thing last year was when we went on a field trip to Carolina Beach State Park and went into the forest and saw Venus Fly Traps, because we were learning about them in school!”

In turn, Danielle tells us “Mon’Dasia started off this school year with a smiling face and hasn’t let that smile or shine fade! She is a hard worker and is a great example to her peers of how to be resilient and determined to succeed.”

Mon’Dasia knows she wants to go to college, but isn’t sure where yet, telling us “I will be a grown up that goes to work. I’m not sure what I want to be yet, but I want to teach people something!”

We hope you have a great year, Mon’Dasia, and keep up the hard work!


This week’s spotlight shines brightly on Brianna, a 2nd grade student at Snipes Academy of Art and Design! Brianna lives with her mom, dad, 3 brothers and sister, Jade, who is a 4th grader also at Snipes.

For fun, Brianna likes playing jump rope, helping others and going to her teacher’s treasure box. Her favorite subject at school is Science! We asked Brianna what 3 things she likes most about her CIS Student Support Specialist and she said: “I like checking out and dismissing with her. I like that Mrs. Simon always calls me Sugar Plum, Honey Dumpling when she sees me in the hallway – it makes me laugh and smile! And I like to come to her room right across from my classroom to sit, talk and rub her pillow to stay calm, and to draw her pictures and write notes to leave in her mailbox.”

It must be working, because Assistant Principal, Mrs. Beckelhimer, shares that Brianna has received two positive referrals from staff members in her first three weeks of school! While her teacher, Ms. Goss, says “Brianna has an infectious smile that always graces our classroom. She loves to help out wherever she can! She works hard daily to learn more and more- her want for learning is so great to witness. I know that she will be very successful this year in second grade, and I look forward to every day of it!”

As for her future, Brianna aspires to “become a doctor who helps babies and grown-ups.” We hope you have a GREAT year, Brianna, and look forward to supporting you as you work to achieve your dreams!


This week’s spotlight shines on Layla, a 4th grade student at Penderlea School! Layla grew up in Burgaw and lives with her mom and dad. For fun, she likes to sing and dance, play with different Barbie dolls, and “go to Raleigh to see my best friend and eat soul food while listening to music!” Layla likes that her CIS Student Support Specialist, Ms. Hansley, “helps me with my homework when it’s hard, helps me be better outside of school as well!”

In the future, Layla wants to be either a hairstylist or a lawyer. Good luck Layla, we’re happy to have the chance to support you on your journey!   


Today we shine our spotlight on Nazarius, a 6th grade student at Williston Middle School. Nazarius has 5 brothers and 2 sisters, and for fun he enjoys playing with friends, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes and playing video games. In school, his favorite subject is Math. Nazarius loves his relationship with Mr. Gattison, one of the CIS Student Support Specialists at Williston, because “He’s cool, nice and not scared to stand up for kids. He checks in on me every day and gets me supplies when I need them.” When asked how Mr. Gattison has helped, Nazarius said “He stands up for me and helps me with my work. Probably my favorite thing we’ve done was when we went on a field trip to see Black Panther.”

After high school, Nazarius hopes to go to NC State, and dreams of being a great actor in the movies. Keep working hard Nazarius, we know you can reach your goals!

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