Communities In Schools use a model of integrated student supports is not about doing the work for students. It’s about making sure all students have access to the community resources and tools they need to unlock their potential and thrive.

PROJECT: MENTORStudent 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.

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

FILL-A-Need: 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.  Monetary donations are also accepted and can be sent to the CISRC office at 1003 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203

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 bag packed with 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 (high juice content preferred)

Other essential items include:

  • cereal bars
  • instant oatmeal
  • fruit cups
  • crackers
  • pudding cups
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Vegetable cups

Community volunteers shop, pack and deliver bags to a designated location at each school before Friday. The generic bags keep the food secure while protecting the child’s identity and dignity.

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 Paula Owens, Executive Director at  or 336-625-0008.