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.



1)  PROJECT: MENTOR:  Student assistance on academic, social, and physical levels.  These programs include:

  • 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.
  • GROUP MENTORING:  Various activities to encourage learning, leadership, and social competance.  These include GOFAR, SMARTS, and general on-going group activities.
  • “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”, students who spend before-school time with their younger peers.
  • BACKPACK PALS: Hungry children cannot learn.  For some students, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school are the only meals they eat. BACKPACK PALS helps alleviate childhood hunger by sending a backpack of nutritious, non-perishable, child-friendly food home from school with the child on Friday afternoon.

Donations from the community are ALWAYS welcome.  Items should be individually packaged, child-sized portions.

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. At the beginning of each school year, 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.
  • 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.

2)  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)
  • Reality Store

3)  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 an annual comunity concert. 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.

ADOPT A SCHOOL: Although not strictly a program area, Adopt A School pairs churches with schools to enhance the education of children and provide support for school staff. Church members serve as CISRC volunteers in many capacities, some for a few hours and some on-going throughout the school year.  Partnerships are available in all Randolph County attendance areas and in the Asheboro City Schools. For more information, contact CISRC at 336-625-0008.


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 or 336-625-0008.