Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) in partnership with Brunswick County Schools is pleased to announce the expansion of the CIS Action for Success Program to Supply Elementary School through funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction. CIS currently has a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Afterschool Program at Supply Elementary and with additional funding through the Extended Learning and Integrated Student Supports grant we will expand the support CIS provides to include the school day along with afterschool hours.
The addition of a CIS Success Coach at Supply Elementary School reflects the organization’s ongoing commitment to reach as many students as possible and empower students in Brunswick County to stay in school and achieve in life. Drew Jordan, CIS Success Coach and 21st CCLC Afterschool elementary Site Coordinator, will be working with students at Supply Elementary implementing both the CIS Action for Success Program and 21st CCLC Afterschool Program.
“I have worked with the school community at Supply Elementary with the 21st CCLC Afterschool Program, but am excited to extend my services into the school day to further help the students achieve and reach their goals,” says Jordan. “Working in cooperation with Supply Elementary as a Success Coach is a wonderful opportunity for me to deliver individualized, evidenced based services to the students and families here at Supply Elementary, as well as help form additional partnerships within the local community.”
The unique aspect of the CIS Action for Success Program is the placement of CIS Success Coaches in each school served to provide evidence-based interventions focused on students’ behavioral, academic, attendance, and social-emotional learning needs. In partnership with Brunswick County Schools, teachers, and administrators, the CIS model implementation at Supply will allow the Success Coach to provide integrated student supports to those referred to the program as well as offer school wide services fostering a positive school climate. Life circumstances create obstacles for students that may not have the home and family support needed for educational success. CIS Success Coaches are embedded in schools and are present every day to give students a consistent support person.
Tracy Coston, Supply Elementary School Principal, says, “Supply Elementary started a student/adult mentor program for our students this year as a part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) interventions. The addition of the CIS Success Coach position during the school day will allow us to expand the mentoring program through CIS resources to help more at risk students and allow them to experience the positive adult support they are seeking and need in their lives. Having a CIS Success Coach placed at Supply Elementary providing evidence-based wraparound services at school, means that together we will be able to provide additional supports for students that need extra help. We are excited to have CIS as part of the educational team at Supply Elementary to make a difference in more students’ lives. CIS is about building relationships and making connections to students to give them the skills to be successful in life.”
CIS and Brunswick County Schools have worked together to ensure student success in Brunswick County for the past 23 years. CIS has worked together with BCS to expand dropout prevention services countywide with CIS Action for Success programs located in Cedar Grove Middle School, Leland Middle School, Shallotte Middle School, South Brunswick Middle School, Waccamaw School serving K-8, and now growing student support services to Supply Elementary. Additional targeted support for at-risk students is vital to keeping kids in school.
Last year, CIS provided individualized support and intervention services to 334 students identified as needing additional resources to meet their academic, social, behavioral, and emotional needs. At the end of the school year, 99% of the students served were promoted to the next grade level.
In addition to now serving Supply Elementary with the CIS Action for Success Program, the program added Waccamaw School to the schools CIS serves starting in the 2016-2017 school year and additionally serves every middle school in Brunswick County. Program funding through grants, revenue generated through CIS Thrift Shops, and other fundraising efforts help to both sustain and grow the Action for Success Program to reach more at-risk students. CIS also supports Brunswick County students and families through its Teen and Peer Court Programs, 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs, and Parenting Education, with a primary focus on dropout prevention.
For more information about CIS and the Action for Success Program visit www.cisbrunswick.org.