Sunday, December 6, 2015

CIS releases Fall 2015 National Impact Report

In response to growing student poverty, Communities In Schools has released a new Impact Report detailing the practical, cost-effective solutions CIS has been implementing to help nearly 1.5 million students stay in school and succeed in life.

The report, “Changing the Picture of Education Across America,” features data explaining how CIS is serving some of the one in five students in our country who are living in poverty. The report also contains results of a recent national survey which found that 88 percent of U.S. teachers believe student poverty is the number one barrier to effective learning in the classroom.

According to the new report, 1.2 million students drop out every year. Each of these students will cost taxpayers roughly $292,000, as they’re more likely to need community assistance. Alternatively, the annual cost per student served by CIS in 2013-14 was only $159, and every dollar invested in CIS resulted in $11.60 in economic benefit for the community. Click here to read the full report.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

CIS has a great time at Taste of Home Cooking School!

Once again, local cooks filled the auditorium at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County to attend the annual fall Taste of Home Cooking School! Sponsored by Newnan Utilities, this year's cooking school, held on November 12, 2015, benefited Communities In Schools! Above are members of our own "Team CIS," consisting of Denise Buchanan, Executive Director Gina Weathersby, and Jessie Foreman.

Taste of Home is America’s #1 cooking school program, providing entertaining and relatable cooking instruction for audiences nationwide. Attendees received a gift bag filled with goodies from national and local sponsors, Taste of Home magazines, money saving coupons and much more. Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts, a longtime favorite of the local audience, shared home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes. Above are Michelle and Joni Scarbrough of Newnan Utilities.

And here are Newnan Utilities General Manager Dennis McEntire and Denise Buchanan. Thank you to Newnan Utilities for sponsoring this great event, and thanks, too, to our local sponsors for the cooking school: CTCA, Infiniti of South Atlanta, Progressive Heating and Air, and Wells Fargo!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Taste of Home Cooking School tickets still available!

It's not too late to get your tickets to this Thursday's popular Taste of Home Cooking School being sponsored by Newnan Utilities at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. And remember, this year's event will benefit Communities In Schools!

Taste of Home is America’s #1 cooking school program, providing entertaining and relatable cooking instruction for audiences nationwide. Attendees receive a gift bag filled with goodies from national and local sponsors, Taste of Home magazines, money saving coupons and much more!

Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts will be at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday, November 12, to share home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.

Newnan Utilities and CIS are excited to announce Cooks Who Care as part of this season's cooking show. Cooks Who Care unites compassionate, real people across the country who give back through food and donations. Attendees who bring canned goods or school supplies will be entered to win a special door prize.

Tickets are $10.  Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available online at NewnanUtilities.org or at the following locations:  Newnan Utilities (Sewell Road and Bypass location), The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, The Newnan Times-Herald, Bank of North Georgia (Thomas Crossroads only) and Ace Growlers in downtown Newnan.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

CIS peer tutors help change lives!

Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them achieve in life. What sets CIS apart is our holistic approach to addressing both the academic and nonacademic needs of students.

Working with school staff, CIS site coordinators — who are positioned in schools — identify students in danger of dropping out, assess what they need, and then provide wraparound services through appropriate community partnerships. These services include food, clothing, transportation, housing, medical and dental care, mental health services, tutoring, mentoring and much more. 

Above are some of our CIS peer tutors and students hard at work at East Coweta High School, just one more way CIS of Coweta is helping change lives!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mentoring plays vital role in helping young people succeed

Mentoring is a topic that often comes up in discussions of how to inspire young people to achieve in life. Last year, the national president of CIS, Dan Cardinali, wrote a column in which he talked about a groundbreaking new report, “The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring."

"For the first time ever,” Cardinali said, "researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of young adults, asking about the difference that mentors had made during their childhood years.”

The study’s findings? Young people with mentors in their lives:

• Set higher educational goals

• Are more likely to attend college

• Are more likely to participate in positive behaviors such as sports, extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities

• Have higher levels of self-esteem and self-confidence

• Are more resilient when facing setbacks or challenges

"For anyone who works with kids, none of this comes as a major surprise,” Cardinali said. "We have decades' worth of literature showing the difference that mentors can make, but what's new here is the perspective of the young people themselves. Again and again in the pages of this report, we hear the voices of those who benefited from a mentoring relationship. They recognize the value of a mentor in their formative years. They know where they might have been without that relationship, and they almost always intend to 'pay it forward' by becoming mentors themselves."

Click here if you’d like to read “The Mentoring Effect” for yourself.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Have you got your tickets to the Taste of Home Cooking School?


Newnan Utilities is again bringing the popular Taste of Home Cooking School to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, this time on November 12, 2015, and this year's event will benefit Communities In Schools!

Taste of Home is America’s #1 cooking school program, providing entertaining and relatable cooking instruction for audiences nationwide. Attendees receive a gift bag filled with goodies from national and local sponsors, Taste of Home magazines, money saving coupons and much more!

Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts will be at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday, November 12 to share home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.

Newnan Utilities and CIS are excited to announce Cooks Who Care as part of this season's cooking show. Cooks Who Care unites compassionate, real people across the country who give back through food and donations. Attendees who bring canned goods or school supplies will be entered to win a special door prize.

Tickets are $10.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available online at NewnanUtilities.org or at the following locations:  Newnan Utilities (Sewell Road and Bypass location), The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, The Newnan Times-Herald, Bank of North Georgia (Thomas Crossroads only) and Ace Growlers in downtown Newnan.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ticket sales under way for Taste of Home Cooking School!

CIS Executive Director Gina Weathersby, center, shares tickets to the Taste of Home Cooking School with Joy Barnes, at left, and Amy Byars, at right. Newnan Utilities is again bringing the popular Taste of Home Cooking School to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, this time on November 12, 2015, and this year's event will benefit Communities In Schools!

Taste of Home is America’s #1 cooking school program, providing entertaining and relatable cooking instruction for audiences nationwide. Attendees receive a gift bag filled with goodies from national and local sponsors, Taste of Home magazines, money saving coupons and much more!

Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts will be at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday, November 12 to share home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.

Newnan Utilities and CIS are excited to announce Cooks Who Care as part of this season's cooking show. Cooks Who Care unites compassionate, real people across the country who give back through food and donations. Attendees who bring canned goods or school supplies will be entered to win a special door prize.

Tickets are $10.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available online at NewnanUtilities.org or at the following locations:  Newnan Utilities (Sewell Road and Bypass location), The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, The Newnan Times-Herald, Bank of North Georgia (Thomas Crossroads only) and Ace Growlers in downtown Newnan.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

East Coweta ninth graders are 'Limitless' in making a difference


From left are Sarah Warburton, Gracie Martin and Emily Prosser, the three East Coweta ninth graders who are forming a nonprofit called Limitless. In September, these young ladies supported CIS by volunteering with the Sunrise on the Square Road Race.

East Coweta ninth graders Gracie Martin, Emily Prosser and Sarah Warburton are determined to show the community that “limitless” is more than just a word. They want “Limitless”—a nonprofit being formed by the three—to be the first name Coweta community organizations think of when they need a helping hand with a worthwhile project.
 “We don’t think you’re ever too young to make a difference in the community,” said Gracie. “We want to do whatever we can to give back.”
Limitless made its official debut at the East Coweta Homecoming Parade on October 15. They couldn't say enough about the support they have received from the EC faculty and Principal Steve Allen.
“These girls have solid plans and are getting ready to do some positive things,” said Allen. “We welcome that, and we’re excited they have four years at EC to do some great things.”
The three  have been actively supporting Coweta nonprofits since they were students at Lee Middle School.
Their first effort was inspired by a tragedy. When Gracie was just 15 months old, her father, Robi Martin, died from glioblastoma, a brain tumor that takes the lives of thousands each year. During Robi's treatment, his wife, Stephanie, was overwhelmed by the support of friends, family and church members who brought meals, ran errands and did anything they could to assist the young family during their struggle.
Stephanie—who now works with cancer patients at Piedmont Newnan Hospital—was so impressed by the support her family received, she started a charitable foundation to help other families going through the same ordeal.
Growing up, Gracie was acutely aware of the fight against the disease that took her father's life. She had seen her mother help cancer patients struggling with meeting non-medical needs, including finding money for food and rent. When she and Emily and Sarah decided to do a community service project, they chose to participate in the Relay for Life, which raises funds for cancer treatment and research.
They formed a team to participate in the Coweta County event, then gathered supporters, donors and team members, and in their first ever fundraiser, collected $2,000. Last year, they did it again, raising over $4,700.
When the trio arrived at East Coweta this fall, they had decided to do even more. And not just by raising funds for good causes but by offering help and support to any community nonprofit that needed a helping hand.
They knew that to be truly effective, they should start a nonprofit of their own. They asked Stephanie for advice, and she told them that forming a 501c3 nonprofit organization was a daunting task requiring endless paperwork and considerable legal help.
She said she would help, but the girls would have to do all the heavy lifting, starting by creating a  vision statement, mission statement and bylaws.
That process is underway, and soon, Coweta’s newest nonprofit, Limitless, will be a reality. But just because the paperwork isn’t done doesn’t mean the girls aren’t busy. They have already helped several local nonprofits, including Bridging the Gap. Over the Labor Day weekend they volunteered support for the Sunrise on the Square Road Race, which benefited Communities In Schools of Coweta County (CIS).
The girls were recently invited to an event honoring CIS supporters and donors. They were introduced to the crowd and said it was great to meet some of the local movers and shakers.
“That was so much fun,” Sarah said. “We saw community leaders and all these great people representing different organizations, and we want to be involved like they are.”
Right now, the girls can’t stop thinking about which groups they might be able to help.
“Sometimes, we have to rein ourselves in,” Emily said. “I just want to tweet about it.”
During a recent conversation, the air was filled with comments like “We want to make it personal, to show love” and “We want to use what we have to give as much as we have,” and  ”Where do we go from here? I have an idea. Maybe we can do this. I see a need.”
            Their goal is to become the go-to group for any Coweta County nonprofit that needs a hand with a project. And they’re willing to do anything to help.
“We want people to know that if you call us, we’ll bring the posse,” said Stephanie Martin.
The group's name was inspired by the song “Limitless" by Christian musical artist Colton Dixon. The three girls are determined to set a Christian example in all the work they do.
"God has given us so much, we want to give as much as we can back,” said Gracie. “We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”
The three are now selling Limitless T-shirts to raise funds for their first effort, providing Christmas gifts for a family in need. 
“We wanted to do something personal,” Gracie said. 
“We want to show our love,” Sarah said.
Emily added, “Our basic goal is helping people any way we can with anything people need.” 
That’s a tall order, but spend a few minutes with these three young ladies and you won’t doubt for a second they're up to the task.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Taste of Home Cooking School to benefit CIS




Newnan Utilities is proud to bring the popular Taste of Home Cooking School to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on November 12, and this year's event will benefit Communities In Schools!

Taste of Home is America’s #1 cooking school program, providing entertaining and relatable cooking instruction for audiences nationwide. Attendees receive a gift bag filled with goodies from national and local sponsors, Taste of Home magazines, money saving coupons and much more!

Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts will be at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday, November 12 to share home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.

Newnan Utilities and CIS are excited to announce Cooks Who Care as part of this season's cooking show. Cooks Who Care unites compassionate, real people across the country who give back through food and donations. Attendees who bring canned goods or school supplies will be entered to win a special door prize.

Tickets are $10.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available online at NewnanUtilities.org or at the following locations:  Newnan Utilities (Sewell Road and Bypass location), The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, The Newnan Times-Herald, Bank of North Georgia (Thomas Crossroads only) and Ace Growlers in downtown Newnan.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

CIS poll finds teachers use their own money to help needy students


According to a national poll of teachers this past May, 91 percent of teachers have used their own money to help support students in need. The poll, conducted by Communities In Schools and Public Opinion Strategies, included 700 teachers and is among the largest and most in-depth examinations of issues facing teachers, from the teacher viewpoint.

Other findings from the report:

• 91 percent of teachers have purchased school supplies for students

• 54 percent have provided meals to feed students

• 52 percent have assisted students through a crisis

• 49 percent have helped students get new clothing or shoes

If you'd like to see an infographic about the poll that you can share with others, click here.

If you'd like to read more about the findings from the poll, click here.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

CIS hosts Appreciation Reception for program supporters

Jessie Foreman and Denise Buchanan, our two CIS staff members at East Coweta High School, were among those attending our September 30 Appreciation Reception for all of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, donors and board members.

A special thanks to Newnan Utilities for letting us host this event at the Newnan Utilities cabin!

And thanks, too, to Newnan Utilities General Manager Dennis McEntire, our board chairman, for his inspiring message about why we do what we do! If you'd like to see more photos from the event, click here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thanks again to United Way for our ECHS school supply drive!


Before the 2015-16 school year kicked off, teachers at East Coweta High School were treated to free school supplies and equipment that will make their work a bit easier and more productive. The supplies were collected during the recent School Supply Drive for teachers sponsored by United Way in Coweta County (a division of United Way of Greater Atlanta), which partnered with Communities In Schools of Coweta County for this year’s event. Above are Jennifer Young of United Way and Gina Weathersby, executive director of CIS of Coweta County. Both women expressed appreciation that the two organizations could partner in the project to help East Coweta teachers.

Local businesses and individuals donated binders, chart paper, markers, compasses, erasers, flash drives, graph paper, hand sanitizer, highlighters, loose leaf paper, mounting tape, paper towels, pencils, pens, Post-It Chart Paper and Post-its, rulers, sanitizing wipes, sheet protectors, staplers/staples, tissues, white board cleaner and white board markers.

The local businesses that served as collection points for donations were Cargill Meat Solutions, Hampton Inn, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center, Senoia Cycle and The Southern Credit Union.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

There's still time to register for Sunrise on the Square!


While early registration has ended, it's not too late to register for the Sunrise on the Square Road Race coming up Saturday, September 5, 2015. CIS is excited to be partnering with Main Street Newnan and Mike Fitzpatrick Ford in this year's race set for Saturday, September 5, 2015, with proceeds from the race to benefit CIS of Coweta County.

The Sunrise on the Square Road Race is a local favorite and has been held annually in Downtown Newnan on the Saturday before Labor Day for over 25 years. The race begins in Downtown Newnan and spans through "The City of Homes," where runners will catch a glimpse of our beautiful historic intown neighborhoods and commercial district. The race is a USATF certified course (new in 2015), where runners will enjoy the diversity of terrain, including long, flat stretches, and downhill and uphill sections. The Sunrise on the Square Road Race welcomes runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate. Runners are given options to pursue a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K route and a 10K route.


If you'd like to download a registration form for the race, click here


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Friday is early registration deadline for Sunrise on the Square!

By now you've probably heard that CIS is partnering with Main Street Newnan and Mike Fitzpatrick Ford in this year's Sunrise on the Square Road Race on Saturday, September 5, 2015. The banner above is currently being displayed by our friends at Mike Fitzpatrick Ford to help raise awareness of the race, and we're so happy to see it there. All proceeds from the race will benefit CIS of Coweta County. Adding to the excitement, Sunrise on the Square is now a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race, so please be sure and spread the word with all your runner friends!

The Sunrise on the Square Road Race is a local favorite and has been held annually in Downtown Newnan on the Saturday before Labor Day for over 25 years. The race begins in Downtown Newnan and spans through "The City of Homes," where runners will catch a glimpse of our beautiful historic intown neighborhoods and commercial district. The race is a USATF certified course (new in 2015), where runners will enjoy the diversity of terrain, including long, flat stretches, and downhill and uphill sections. The Sunrise on the Square Road Race welcomes runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate. Runners are given options to pursue a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K route and a 10K route.

Early registration  is available through August 21, and 2015 run T-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who preregister by that date. If you'd like to download a registration form for the race, click here

Monday, August 17, 2015

ECHS teachers receive school supplies from United Way and CIS



Jessie Foreman of CIS, ECHS teachers Randy Robbins and Christopher Bolling, Denise Buchanan of CIS and Jennifer Young with United Way show some of the school supplies donated to ECHS teachers in the CIS and United Way School Supply Drive.

The day before students arrived for the start of the 2015-16 school year, teachers at East Coweta High School were treated to free school supplies and equipment that will make their work a bit easier and more productive. The supplies were collected during the recent School Supply Drive for teachers sponsored by United Way in Coweta County (a division of United Way of Greater Atlanta), which partnered with Communities In Schools of Coweta County for this year’s event.

“The Coweta County United Way Advisory Board identified education and health as among the key priorities in Coweta County,” said Jennifer L. Young, Regional Director for Clayton, Coweta and Fayette Counties for United Way of Greater Atlanta. “We are glad we could partner with Communities In Schools to help the East Coweta teachers. It’s been a great project.”

Gina Weathersby, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Coweta County, said CIS was honored to partner on the project.

“We have had a great association with United Way, and they are one of our most valued sponsors and partners,” Weathersby said. “This School Supply Drive for teachers was a wonderful idea and a great way to give back to the teachers at East Coweta who give so much to our program.”

Local businesses and individuals were extremely generous with their donations. Items collected included binders, chart paper, markers, compasses, erasers, flash drives, graph paper, hand sanitizer, highlighters, loose leaf paper, mounting tape, paper towels, pencils, pens, Post-It Chart Paper and Post-its, rulers, sanitizing wipes, sheet protectors, staplers/staples, tissues, white board cleaner and white board markers.

Six local businesses served as collection points for donated supplies, including Cargill Meat Solutions, Hampton Inn, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center, Senoia Cycle and The Southern Credit Union.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New newsletter recaps Hats and Hooves, CIS achievements for the year


Our new CIS newsletter is now up!

If you would like to see a wrap-up of Hats and Hooves and learn about some of our CIS success stories this year, just click here!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Will you help us spread the word about Sunrise on the Square?



By now you've probably heard that CIS is partnering with Main Street Newnan and Mike Fitzpatrick Ford in this year's Sunrise on the Square Road Race on Saturday, September 5, 2015. All proceeds from the race will benefit CIS of Coweta County. Adding to the excitement, Sunrise on the Square is now a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race, so please be sure and spread the word with all your runner friends!

The Sunrise on the Square Road Race is a local favorite and has been held annually in Downtown Newnan on the Saturday before Labor Day for over 25 years. The race begins in Downtown Newnan and spans through "The City of Homes," where runners will catch a glimpse of our beautiful historic intown neighborhoods and commercial district. The race is a USATF certified course (new in 2015), where runners will enjoy the diversity of terrain, including long, flat stretches, and downhill and uphill sections. The Sunrise on the Square Road Race welcomes runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate. Runners are given options to pursue a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K route and a 10K route.

Early registration  is available through August 21, and 2015 run T-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who preregister by that date. If you'd like to download a registration form for the race, click here

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sunrise on the Square now a qualifier for Peachtree Road Race!

Carol Duffey, Keep Newnan  Beautiful Director and Special Events Coordinator for the City of Newnan, seated at left, and Main Street Newnan Manager Courtney Harcourt, standing, look over the medals that will be awarded to runners in this year’s Sunrise on the Square Road Race with CIS Executive Director Gina Weathersby. Early registration is available through August 21, and 2015 run T-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who preregister by that date.

Plans for the September 5, 2015, Sunrise on the Square Road Race are almost complete, and organizers at Main Street Newnan are excited about changes to this year’s event that will make it better than ever for runners and spectators. The event is now sanctioned by the USATF, which makes Sunrise on the Square an official qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race.

“This is a huge deal for runners,” said Main Street Newnan Manager Courtney Harcourt. “We made some changes to make this possible, but we’ve made it a better race and more enjoyable experience.”

Runners are given options to pursue a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K route and a 10K route. Both the 5K and 10K races begin in Downtown Newnan and feature views of Newnan’s beautiful historic intown neighborhoods and commercial district. The new course also includes more diversity of terrain, including long, flat stretches, and downhill and uphill sections.

“We really believe we have made the race better than ever for runners and spectators,” Harcourt said. “We want to thank our title sponsor, Mike Fitzpatrick Ford, for supporting the event again this year. This year’s race will benefit Communities In Schools of Coweta County, and we can’t think of any group that is working harder to help Coweta County students achieve success.”

Gina Weathersby, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Coweta County, said she continues to be amazed and thankful for community support for CIS, which works with at-risk students to help them graduate from high school on schedule and achieve future success.

“I can’t say how thankful all of us at Communities In Schools are to receive this kind of support,” Weathersby said. “Coweta County has always been known for its great schools, and this event really shows how Coweta gets behind its students at every opportunity. We are grateful that Mike Fitzpatrick Ford and Main Street Newnan have chosen to partner with us for this great event.”

Runners and walkers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Route maps of both the 5K and 10K races can be found at http://www.sunriseonthesquare.com. Registration forms can be found by clicking here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

You can register now for the Sept. 5 Sunrise on the Square Road Race!


CIS is excited to be partnering with Main Street Newnan and Mike Fitzpatrick Ford in this year's Sunrise on the Square Road Race on Saturday, September 5, 2015. All proceeds from the race will benefit CIS of Coweta County, and race registration forms are now available online.

The Sunrise on the Square Road Race is a local favorite and has been held annually in Downtown Newnan on the Saturday before Labor Day for over 25 years. The race begins in Downtown Newnan and spans through "The City of Homes," where runners will catch a glimpse of our beautiful historic intown neighborhoods and commercial district. The race is a USATF certified course (new in 2015), where runners will enjoy the diversity of terrain, including long, flat stretches, and downhill and uphill sections. The Sunrise on the Square Road Race welcomes runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate. Runners are given options to pursue a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K route and a 10K route.


Early registration  is available through August 21, and 2015 run T-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who preregister by that date. If you'd like to download a registration form for the race, click here


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunrise on the Square 5K/10K Road Race is September 5!



CIS is so excited to unveil our beautiful new logo for the Sunrise on the Square Road Race! We are partnering with Main Street Newnan and Mike Fitzpatrick Ford in this year's Sunrise on the Square Road Race on Saturday, September 5, 2015. All proceeds from the race will benefit CIS of Coweta County.

The Sunrise on the Square Road Race is a local favorite and has been held annually in Downtown Newnan on the Saturday before Labor Day for over 25 years. The race begins in Downtown Newnan and spans through "The City of Homes," where runners will catch a glimpse of our beautiful historic intown neighborhoods and commercial district. The race is a USATF certified course (new in 2015), where runners will enjoy the diversity of terrain, including long, flat stretches, and downhill and uphill sections. The Sunrise on the Square Road Race welcomes runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate. Runners are given options to pursue a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K route and a 10K route.

Early registration  is available through August 21, and 2015 run T-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who preregister by that date. If you'd like to download a registration form for the race, click here

Monday, July 27, 2015

School supply drive for ECHS teachers ends Wednesday!


United Way in Coweta County is partnering with CIS of Coweta to hold a school supply drive for East Coweta High School teachers. We'd love for all our supporters to drop off items or make a donation for purchasing supplies by visiting our website and clicking on the donate button.

The School Supply Drive runs through this Wednesday, July 29, 2015, and drop-off locations include:

• Hampton Inn (behind Red Lobster), 50 Hampton Way, Newnan

• Piedmont Newnan Hospital, 745 Poplar Rd., Newnan

• Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center, 26 W. Court Square, Newnan

• Senoia Cycle Works, 66 Main St., Senoia

• The Southern Credit Union, 232 Bullsboro Dr., Newnan

Items on the teacher supply wish list include binders (for students in need), chart paper markers, compasses, erasers, flash drives, graph paper, hand sanitizer, highlighters, loose leaf paper, mounting tape, paper towels, pencils (mechanical and #2), pens (red, black and blue), Post-It Chart Paper and Post-its, rulers, sanitizing wipes, sheet protectors, staplers/staples, tissues, white board cleaner and white board markers (low odor).

For more information, call Executive Director Gina Weathersby at 770-710-9540.

To download a flyer about the School Supply Drive to share at your organization or place of business, click here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our CIS Board of Directors!


Earlier this week, our CIS Board of Directors met at the Newnan Utilities Wahoo Creek Administration Building on Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard. Our board works hard year round, and we're so grateful to this awesome group of individuals. Some of these board members are, clockwise from top left, Dennis McEntire, Rhodes Shell, Garnet Reynolds, Matt Brass, Vince Bass, Sally Hensley, Donna Brooks and Mary Ann Bell.

And here is a list of all our board members and the companies they represent. We hope you'll join us in thanking them for their service to CIS!

Communities In Schools of Coweta County
Board of Directors

Dennis McEntire, Chairman
Newnan Utilities

Donna Brooks
Community Volunteer, Incoming Board Chair

Vince Bass
Coweta County School System

Mary Ann Bell
Coweta-Fayette EMC

Keith Brady
Mayor, City of Newnan

Matt Brass
Office of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

Jac Counts
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Arthur “Skin” Edge
GeorgiaLink

Carole Ann Fields
Goodwill Industries

Sally Hensley
Community Volunteer

Gerald Kemp
Fidelity Bank

Lisa McDonald
Pots & Plans, Inc.

Garnet Reynolds
BB&T Bank

Rhodes Shell
Shell & Shepard Financial Services/City Councilman

J.P. Watson
The Heritage School

Bev Yeager
Retired Principal, Coweta County School System

Friday, July 17, 2015

Senoia Cycle Works among those collecting school supplies for CIS!

He may be joking around here, but Ty Ridgway at Senoia Cycle Works is seriously helping United Way in Coweta County and CIS of Coweta in our school supply drive for East Coweta High School teachers. We'd love for all of our supporters to drop off items or make a donation for purchasing supplies by visiting our website and clicking on the donate button.

The School Supply Drive runs now through July 29, 2015, and drop-off locations include:

• Senoia Cycle Works, 66 Main St., Senoia

• Hampton Inn (behind Red Lobster), 50 Hampton Way, Newnan

• Piedmont Newnan Hospital, 745 Poplar Rd., Newnan

• Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center, 26 W. Court Square, Newnan

• The Southern Credit Union, 232 Bullsboro Dr., Newnan

Items on the teacher supply wish list include binders (for students in need), chart paper markers, compasses, erasers, flash drives, graph paper, hand sanitizer, highlighters, loose leaf paper, mounting tape, paper towels, pencils (mechanical and #2), pens (red, black and blue), Post-It Chart Paper and Post-its, rulers, sanitizing wipes, sheet protectors, staplers/staples, tissues, white board cleaner and white board markers (low odor).

For more information, call Executive Director Gina Weathersby at 770-710-9540.

To download a flyer about the School Supply Drive to share at your organization or place of business, click here.