Students graduate from CIS

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 Family and friends gathered at Lincoln and Supply Elementary schools on May 27 to congratulate the last graduating classes of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) run by Communities in Schools (CIS).

For six years, students have had access to additional tutoring after school as part of the program that provided free academic assistance to Level I and Level II students based upon End-of-Grade tests, not financial need. The program ended when grant funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ran out.

“It was a tremendous help for families like ours who can’t be home when school ends,” said Deeanne Henson, whose daughter Jewlee was recognized as a Student of the Year at Belville. 

“They helped Jewlee with her homework and her grades, especially math, showed the effort.” 

The 21CCLC served an average of 50 students each year at each school. It was highly successful and improved test scores of the students involved and reinforced the importance of education. 

“A key to the success of the program was community support,” said Kathy Smith, After School director.

Local businesses, civic groups and municipalities adopted the program and supplied snacks, supplies and enrichment activities. 

The Winnabow Fire Department was applauded at the ceremony at Belville for its visits to discuss fire safety and career opportunities with the students. Members of North Brunswick for Community Action were also recognized for their generous support of Lincoln Elementary School, providing healthy snacks and art supplies. More than 30 other benefactors of the program received recognition.

The program at Supply Elementary School ended May 20.

For more information about CIS After School programs, call 457-3494 or visit www.cisbrunswick.org for more information.