Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools ("CIS") is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. In Henry County, the local chapter of CIS has established various programs to identify and assist at-risk students in middle and high schools, and connect those students with various resources with the goal of helping kids stay in school and graduate. CIS receives only 12% of its funding from state resources. The remainder is acquired through fund raising efforts and private donations. One of the programs that CIS spearheads each year is a Parent Expo at the end of July, where Henry County students and parents can connect with community resources and receive free student backpacks and school supplies to start the new school year. Many of these students would otherwise start the new school year with little or no basic school supplies. In 2017, CIS gave away approximately 1,500 backpacks as well as a variety of school supplies appropriate for all grade levels. The average cost incurred by CIS for the Parent Expo in 2017, after private donations, was approximately $7,000. In 2018, CIS anticipates needing a minimum of 1500-1700 backpacks to insure that every student who attends the Parent Expo leaves with a backpack and school supplies sufficient to start the new school year.

The Henry County Rotary Club will supply 500 backpacks for Henry County public school students attending the 2018 Parent Expo. Doing so will help to ensure that every student has the necessary school supplies to start the new school year. Providing students with backpacks/school supplies, who otherwise may not have any, gives these students a better chance to start the school year successful and will help keep at-risk students in school.

Henry County Rotarian volunteer hours are anticipated at 100-125 hours over the 3 day schedule. The Rotary Club also plans to staff a Rotary booth at the Parent Expo to promote Rotary's goal in supporting education as well as the Rotary Club as a local civic resource.

Posted by Torrie Sunstrom
July 1, 2018