As Communities In Schools (CIS) continues to expand and develop our presence in Alexander, we thrive on opportunities to interact with and get to know our community. We enjoyed one such occasion on October 18, 2014 – with our second year manning a booth at the Taylorsville Apple Festival.
The Apple Festival and events like it offer our staff and volunteers excellent opportunities to promote current Communities In Schools programing and services. Programs include Reading Partners, wherein carefully screened and trained tutors are matched with third graders to practice reading and comprehension skills. For older area learners, we also offer Community of Friends Mentoring: which matches screened and trained mentors with students in sixth through eighth grade. These mentoring pairs spend two to four hours each week together outside of school.
Public turnout was incredible during the festival this year, giving CIS a great chance to recruit willing and able volunteers for the above programs. In total, 420 booths participated in the Apple Festival this year, with exponentially more community members stopping by to learn about out cause. Those who stopped by had the chance to contribute monetarily this time as well: our local Craftmaster donated a luxurious leather recliner to be sold via raffle. Tickets sold for $1.00 a piece, or seven for $5.00.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped work the booth and make the day a huge success: Janeen Jones, Macy Jones, Susan Gantt, Mary Brown, Jason Evans, and the Alexander County CIS Team of Brittany Loudermilt, Jordyn Setzer and Angie Yates, all led by CIS Executive Director Glendora Yarbrough.
As always, we are in continual need for mentors and tutors as our offerings and waiting lists continue to grow. If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact Angie Yates at 828-409-0231.