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  • The poverty rate is double for African Americans and Latinos.
  • In the South 1 in 4 children live in poverty.
  • One in four children experience a traumatic event.
  • The Wells Fargo Foundation donates $2500 to the Success Coach program for 2015-16.
  • Each year, NC spends $135,000 per child for youth detention and about $8000 per child for education.
  • 66% of kids experience academic difficulties.
  • 1 in 3 kids experience bullying.
  • 61,423 kids are currently incarcerated.
  • 75% of prisoners are high school dropouts.
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He's got rhythm! Wayne County Commissioner Joe Daughtery learns a drum line routine during the 2015 Partner Celebration. "A Drummers World" drum-line set the mood of the celebration with bang and a boom.

He’s got rhythm! Wayne County Commissioner Joe Daughtery learns a drum line routine during the 2015 Community in Schools Partner Celebration. “A Drummers World” drum-line set the mood of the celebration with bang and a boom.


2015 Annual Impact Meeting and Partner Celebration
Click Here to view a slideshow from the annual celebration.

  • 4,591 students served at 7 sites.
  • 160 students (ages 12-18) were served in the Teen Court program
  • Success Coaches worked at 6 schools:  Brogden Middle, Goldsboro High, Granthan, Mount Olive Middle, Southern Wayne High and Spring Creek Middle
  • 448 students received Tier 2 (one-on-one) services
  • $221,134 awarded in grants and contracts
  • In-kind donations valued at $16,000
  • Volunteers worked 2,600 hours valued at $38,000
  • $23,000 in school supplies donated to “Stuff the Bus”



The Goldsboro Kiwanis club has donated $500 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County.  Celia James presents a check to CIS Wayne Executive Director Selena Bennett while CIS Board Chairman Joe Setzer looks on.  In addition, the Spence Avenue WalMart in Goldsboro has donated $1,000 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County.

School Supply Drive Sponsored by Local Order of the Arrow

A school supply drive for students in our community was recently conducted by Boy Scouts who are members of the select “Order of the Arrow.” Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and character traits are elected by their peers to be a member of this service organization within the Boy Scouts of America.

At the sectional conclave hosted by Nayawin Rar Lodge #296, 1400 Boy Scouts from across the state met at Camp Tuscarora for a three day event in May. Scouts from Wayne, Johnston, Sampson, and Duplin Counties participated in this event. They chose to conduct a school supply drive as a way of helping to meet the needs of students here in Wayne County. One thousand back packs were filled with school supplies for our students and donated to Communities in Schools of Wayne County for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

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Wells Fargo Supports CIS “Success Coaches”

The Wells Fargo Foundation Supports the “Success Coach” Program with a $2500 donation for the 2015-2016 school year. CIS Wayne provides Success Coaches at 5 area schools. Pictured are Bill Keel (Board Member), Beverly Wallace-Wiggins (Board Treasurer), Selena Bennett (CIS Executive Director), Allen Clayton ( Wells Fargo Goldsboro-Kinston Market President), and Sandy Fisher (Wells Fargo Business Associate).

Every Student Deserves a Champion: 

A cornerstone concept of Communities in Schools is “relationships“.  Watch Rita Pierson’s Every child deserves a champion””

About Communities in Schools:

CIS is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization.  Our mission is to surround students with a community of support,empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning. 

For over 30 years, Communities In Schools has worked to ensure that every child needs and deserves these “Five Basics”:

  • 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
  • A chance to give back to peers and community
CIS works tirelessly to prevent an at-risk child from becoming another dropout statistic.  We bring community based resources into our schools to work with students and their families.  CIS works because we are founded on the concept that students can and will achieve.  Resources are coordinated to meet the academic and social needs of the students that we work with.  We coordinate the delivery of these resources at the school site through our Success Coaches.