Physical Address: 6 E. 4th Street, Lexington, NC 27292
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 177, Lexington, NC 27293
Amanda Bostick, First UMC Contact Liaison, firstname.lastname@example.org
About: For nearly 40 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children,” Bill once said. “A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.”
And, that’s exactly what Communities In Schools does. Today, we are the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether its food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help. Communities in Schools case manages over 300 students between the city and county schools who have high needs and are considered "at risk." At Communities In Schools, we pair up a student with a mentor to be able to get one on one time each week with a caring adult. We also work with each school and assist in providing all students with the needs the school has. Communities In Schools offers school supplies to students, food from either the backpack program or food pantry, and tutoring.
On average, 45% of students in Davidson County schools and 100% of students in Lexington City schools are receiving free/reduced lunch. That means hundreds of our kids rely almost exclusively on the breakfast and lunch they receive Monday through Friday at school for nourishment.
Studies show that children who go hungry …
What are we doing about it? Communities In Schools currently supports Backpack Programs or Food Pantry Programs in three Davidson County schools and all six Lexington City schools. As part of the program, 50 kids at each school take home a backpack full of kid-friendly food every weekend of the school year. Students are chosen to participate in the program by their teachers and administrators. They must be on free/reduced lunch and they must have permission from their parents to participate.