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CIS receives grant from Eshelman Foundation

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) is the grateful recipient of a $5,500 grant from The Eshelman Foundation to support the CIS Action for Success Program. Action for Success works by providing a Success Coach as an embedded team member at assigned schools in Brunswick County. The CIS Success Coaches work daily with students needing additional support and intervention outside of the classroom in order to be successful. Services are provided through an individualized Student Support Plan, outlining goals for each student and identifying the services and supports CIS will provide to help the student achieve his or her goals. Areas of focus include academic tutoring, mentoring, truancy intervention, behavioral intervention, and social-emotional learning. Last school year, 403 students were served through Action for Success with 99% making progress that resulted in their promotion to the next grade at the end of the school year. Overall, 82% of students made measurable progress in the areas of school attendance, behavior and academics.

CIS currently provides an Action for Success program in four middle schools, Waccamaw School (K-8), and Supply Elementary School that incorporates Success Coaches, community volunteers, and community partnerships to support student achievement. CIS assists Brunswick County students through tutors, mentors, 21st Century Community Learning Center After School program, Teen and Peer Court programs, and parenting education, with a major focus on dropout prevention services.

The Eshelman Foundation has been a generous supporter of CIS for several years through their grant opportunities. The Eshelman Foundation began in 2008 as a private family foundation that aims to help children in need. Based in Wilmington, NC the Eshelman Foundation focuses on children’s healthcare and educational causes in the United States. The Eshelman Foundation believes that proper education and healthcare are absolute necessities in preparing children for successful and healthy lives. They are committed to supporting such efforts, as well as advocating for improved homelife and support systems for our children, who represent the future of our country.

The support of the Eshelman Foundation will help ensure at-risk students can continue receiving the extra support needed to be successful in school. CIS deeply appreciates the current and past support of the Eshelman Foundation in strengthening academic skills, positive social connections, and the emotional well-being of students in Brunswick County. The Eshelman Foundation mission is to strengthen North Carolina by improving the quality of life for children living in local communities through support of solution-based programs that focus on pediatric health care and educational-related issues. CIS deeply appreciates The Eshelman Foundation being #AllinforKids.

For more information about CIS of Brunswick County, please contact the CIS office at 910-351-8007 or visit and explore www.cisbrunswick.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for regular updates.

Picture caption: CIS Action for Success Program preparing students for educational success.

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