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CIS Executive Director Selena Bennett Honored with Duke Citizenship and Service Award

Selena Bennett (center) is surprised by her family when she was awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.  Left to right:  Mom: Mrs. Vinnie Jordan; husband, Gordon Bennett and children, Laura and Graham Bennett.

Selena Bennett (center) is surprised by her family when she was awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. Left to right: Mom: Mrs. Vinnie Jordan; husband, Gordon Bennett and children, Laura and Graham Bennett.

Duke Energy and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce has named CIS Executive Director Selena Bennett the recepient of the Duke Citizenship and Service Award.  The award is presented to the individual or whose leadership and service have left an enduring mark on Wayne County. The award was created to recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations in the community that are committed to helping others and creating efforts that bring us closer as a community and as a nation. This is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities or places of work by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others. Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved in civic and social activities. The award is designed to recognize outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over a twelve
month period.

As Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Wayne County.  Selena lives out the mission of Communities in School to work 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. Learn How CIS is making a difference:  Watch the 5 minute video.

Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”– Rita Pierson

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.For the 2013-2014 School Year:

  • 3,118 students were served at 7 sites
  • 123 students (ages 12-18) were served in the Teen Court program
  • Success Coaches worked at 6 schools (Brogden Middle, Goldsboro High, Grantham, Mount Olive Middle, Southern Wayne High, and Spring Creek Middle)
  • 95% of CIS students were promoted
  • 95% of potential dropouts stayed in school
  • 95% of CIS seniors graduated
  • $221,134 awarded in grants/contracts
  • In-Kind Donations were valued at $15,578
  • Volunteers were valued at $37,638
  • $22,000 in school supplies were collected from “Stuff the Bus”

CIS Wayne and Goldsboro Parks and Recreation host first Footgolf event in Wayne County