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Communities In Schools awarded Nonprofit of the Year

SOUTHPORT, NC –Communities In Schools of Brunswick County was recently named nonprofit of the year by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce for 2017-2018. The award was presented at the chamber annual awards banquet in June at the WWAY event center complex in Magnolia Greens.

Nonprofit chamber member businesses were eligible to compete for the Nonprofit of the Year award. Nominees were narrowed down to the final three by online voting of North Brunswick Chamber membership. The final three nominees were then put out for a last call vote for chamber members to decide the winner. Judging criteria for the award was based on business operations, program success, community involvement, and economic impact.

CIS Executive Director Bonnie Jordan shared, “It was both a surprise and an honor to be selected as the Non-Profit of the Year by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce. There are many wonderful non-profits that support our community and we are humbled to receive this award. CIS has served Brunswick County students and families for the past twenty-three years, providing programs focused on dropout prevention and supporting students’ overall well-being. We look forward to continuing to serve the community, providing outcome-focused intervention and support for local youth so all students have an opportunity to learn, grow and be successful in achieving their goals.”

The mission of CIS is based on the belief “programs don’t save children, relationships do.” CIS surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes every child deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community.

CIS provides the Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program in Cedar Grove Middle School, Leland Middle School, Shallotte Middle School, South Brunswick Middle School, Waccamaw School serving K-8, and Supply Elementary School incorporating community volunteers working with CIS Success Coaches to support student achievement. CIS also provides community-based Parenting Education Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) afterschool programs, Teen and Peer Court. Partnerships with Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office and others help make these programs possible.

Photo by Brian Slattery, The Brunswick Beacon

Caption: Non-Profit of the Year presented by Town of Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman. Pictured left to right are Todd Beane, Communications and Thrift Shop Operations Manager; Joanne Shanley, Resource Development Director; Bonnie Jordan, Executive Director; and Mallory Wells, Program Operations Officer.

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About Communities In Schools of Brunswick County:

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County is an accredited affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, operating programs proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. Working closely with schools and partner organizations, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County uses evidence-based programs to serve students and their families. Based directly inside schools throughout the county, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources working hand-in-hand with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support. Learn more about Communities In Schools of Brunswick County at www.cisbrunswick.org.

About The Author

Allison Barrett Carter

Allison is a writer who relocated to Leland from Chapel Hill with her husband and two sons. After a career in content marketing and overseeing the launch of the NC Blogger Network, she was excited to find a career with the Magazines that merges her passions: journalism and online content to enhance community. Her creative writing essays have appeared in places such as New York Times, Washington Post, Today's parenting, Redbook, Verily Magazine, Women's Running, Role Reboot, elephant journal and numerous print anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and Double Bind (a Norton anthology). Allison loves watching her sons play on the beach and paddling the river behind their house.

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