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Duke Energy Foundation supporting CIS Action for Success

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) is grateful for the support of the Duke Energy Foundation through a $5,000 grant towards the CIS Action for Success Program. The Duke Energy Foundation grant will be used by CIS Action for Success to purchase and renew subscriptions for evidence-based curricula used in student interventions. The grant will also help to purchase and provide program snacks for CIS students and to purchase student intervention materials and supplies.

The CIS Action for Success program works by providing a Success Coach as an embedded team member at schools in Brunswick County. 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. During the first half of the 2019-2020 school year (Aug. 26, 2019 – March 1, 2020), 381 students received individualized case management and other evidence and research-based intervention services through the CIS Action for Success program. Overall, 98% of students provided with CIS case managed services targeted to increase their social and emotional learning exhibited a desired change in their social, emotional, and academic engagement.

CIS currently provides an Action for Success program in four middle schools, Waccamaw School, 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.

Not only has CIS been fortunate to receive this grant award from the Duke Energy Foundation, but CIS also continues to benefit from the generosity of Duke Energy Brunswick Nuclear Plant employee in-kind and monetary contributions as well, which support a multitude of student needs. The support of Duke Energy Foundation will help ensure at-risk students can continue receiving the extra support needed to be successful in school. CIS appreciates the support of Duke Energy in strengthening academic skills, positive social connections, and the emotional well-being of students in Brunswick County. CIS deeply appreciates the Duke Energy Foundation being #AllinforKids.

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Picture caption: CIS Action for Success at Cedar Grove Middle School Success Coach Laura Hicks working with middle school students in a homework session (before schools were closed in March 2020).

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