The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Programs

ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING: Community volunteers meet with students one hour per week to help them with schoolwork or just be their friend. Mentors are always needed and are trained at all times of the year.

PERFORMING ARTS: In the Archdale-Trinity area, CISRC supplements the on-going school music program and sponsors a guitar class for 5th graders. These young performers showcase their talents in various events throughout the year, including a comunity concert in the spring. A Latin percussion program at Gray’s Chapel Elementary keeps these students moving to the beat and Randleman Elementary students strum along in a ukulele program.

TRANSITIONS: Various programs designed to keep middle and high school students involved in school. These programs include:
# Attendance Incentives
# Job Shadowing
# G.I.R.L.S. Club (Girls In Real Life Situations)
# High Jump to High School

BACKPACK PALS: For some students, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school are the only meals they eat. BACKPACK PALS meets the needs of these hungry youngsters by sending a backpack of nutritious, non-perishable, child-friendly food home from school with the child on Friday afternoon.
Highest priority items are:
# canned meat items (Vienna sausages, potted meat, Spam, etc.)
# juice boxes

# Other essential items include: cereal bars
# instant oatmeal
# fruit cups
# crackers
# pudding cups

The child returns the backpack to school on Monday morning for community volunteers to pick it up, refill it, and return it to a designated location at school before Friday. The generic backpack keeps the food secure while protecting the child’s identity and dignity.

FILL THE BUS: Students are more likely to succeed in school if they begin the year with adequate supplies. In August and September, CISRC, with the help of individuals, churches, and businesses in our community, provides school supplies to a growing number of students in our area. Items most needed are: book bags (no wheels), 3-ring binders, wide-ruled notebook paper, pencils, pens (black, blue, or red ink), subject dividers, colored pencils, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, pencil bags, pencil boxes, composition books (one, three, or five subject), student scissors, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, 3-prong folders (any color), erasers, Play-Doh (for kindergarteners), markers (thin or broad tipped), marbled composition books, clipboards, Elmer’s glue, and index cards (3 x 5 and 4 x 6). Monetary donations are also accepted and can be sent to the CISRC office at 1011 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203.

“BUDDIES” Program: Bulldogs and Tigers, Cougars and Comets, Patriots and Warriors. High School athletes spend structured time weekly mentoring at elementary schools in this “character education” program that “works both ways.” The athletes help with reading, math, and PE, or just spend time with the younger students who treat them with the adulation usually reserved for rock stars and superheroes. This group also includes “Breakfast Buddies”, Randolph Early College High School students who spend before-school time with students at Trindale Elementary School.

ADOPT A SCHOOL: This program pairs churches with schools to enhance the education of children and provide support for school staff. Partnerships are available in all Randolph County attendance areas and in the Asheboro City Schools. For more information, contact CISRC at 336-625-0008.

HEALTH FAIRS: Fifth graders learn about personal health, nutrition, spinal cord injuries, the sensory-altering effects of alcohol, and other wellness issues at health fairs held at our elementary schools.

ADVENTURES BEYOND CLASSROOMS (ABC):  How would you feel if you were the only one left behind to stay at school, during a field trip, if your family could not afford to pay for you to attend?   Adventures Beyond Classrooms (ABC), a committee of Communities In Schools of Randolph County, was started by the Leadership Randolph Class of 2009 to help in this situation.  The goal of ABC is to be a funding source of last resort for students who are unable to attend school field trips for financial reasons.  School officials apply for use of the funds and submit the request to the ABC Committee for review.  For an application form, click the link at the left of this page.

For information on making a donation to Communities In Schools of Randolph County or any of the above programs, please contact Sandi Norman, Executive Director at cisrc@randolph.k12.nc.us or 336-625-0008.