By Elizabeth LeRoy, Barcroft Elementary School CIS Site Coordinator Barcroft Elementary is the newest school partnership for Communities In Schools of NOVA, and the first elementary school for the CIS of NOVA network. We are thrilled to partner with Barcroft's students and families and to grow the connections between Barcroft and the surrounding community. As the Site Coordinator for Barcroft, it is a new beginning for me in Arlington, too. Starting out in the high-rise world of Crystal City, I learned the ropes of volunteer management in my first two jobs out of college, quickly growing to appreciate the way volunteerism fosters [...]
We know first-hand the challenges that our students face, and we're grateful for the services from our volunteers and partners for all that they do to support CIS. Today, there are two additional opportunities where everyone is able to contribute, and in turn, help our students succeed. Whole Foods in both Arlington and Alexandria will be supporting CIS of NOVA with its 5% day. This means that Whole Foods will donate 5% of Wednesday’s total sales from both their Clarendon and Old Town stores to CIS of NOVA. Why not pick up some groceries mid-week and help CIS at the same time! Can’t make it to Whole [...]
On March 12th, CIS of NOVA intern Pauline Jo attended the Arlington ALL IN Conference 2016 at George Mason University. In this conference, education professionals from all across Arlington had a chance to learn more about teen mental well-being and healthy relationships, as well as network with other mental health organizations and professionals in the area. At the first workshop, Ending the Silence-Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention, participants were able to learn more about the statistics of Americans who are diagnosed with a mental health condition or have mental health related issues, the impact of the stigma of mental health illness [...]
The Real Madrid Foundation leads a weekly after-school soccer program at Gunston Middle School. This program brings experienced and foundation-trained coaches to Arlington Public Schools to teach students not only soccer skills, but also important life values such as good sportsmanship and responsibility. At Gunston, Communities In Schools has partnered with the Minority Achievement Coordinator and school faculty to tie the soccer program with a once-a-week literacy session, where students get extra help and strategies in reading and English. The students are excited to play soccer in organized teams outside, where they are developing personal responsibility by having their daily actions and [...]
Walk, jog, and run your way toward a healthier life while raising funds for Francis C. Hammond Middle School. All are welcome! See the event information below. Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 (new date!) Location: 4646 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304 Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm Deadline: Register by May 5th Please contact Candace Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Communities In Schools of NOVA will be participating in SPRING2ACTion, a one-day online fundraising event on April 20th, sponsored by ACT for Alexandria. Help spread the word that CIS of NOVA has expanded programming to Alexandria by sharing our Spring2ACTion LINK with your contact list and friends on social media. What if we all gave on one day – APRIL 20th? How much can we raise to support our students? We believe that when the needs of children are met, they can be free to learn and teachers can be free to teach. We believe ALL kids can succeed. We never give up on [...]
On March 30th, 41 volunteers representing 31 local businesses and community organizations gathered for the annual Sophomore Career Day at Wakefield High School! This year’s event saw numerous volunteers return for their second Career Day at Wakefield, and many more join the morning’s activities for the first time. Speakers represented Arlington County, nonprofit organizations and businesses from all over the Northern Virginia region. Volunteers met with over 300 students to discuss their education paths and career backgrounds, as well as share tips and strategies for students to use in their own career exploration paths. CIS of NOVA would like to thank our [...]
In early March, Communities In Schools of NOVA brought its mission of empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life to Barcroft Elementary School. Barcroft became the fourth Arlington Public School to partner with CIS of NOVA, and the organization’s first elementary school. Located three blocks off of the Columbia Pike and South George Mason intersection in south Arlington County, Barcroft Elementary School has a rich history of community, and a strong mission of developing the youngest members of the community: “Originally opened in 1925, Barcroft Elementary School has had longer, continuous service to the community as an elementary facility [...]
It is hard to believe that APS students began the second semester two months ago! As we enter the second half of our year, several CIS partners are returning to Wakefield to continue their work enriching the lives of students, and building key assets in the areas of community service, civic engagement and learning marketable skills. Below are a few updates from our two of our partners: Liberty’s Promise After working with nearly 50 students in their civic engagement program during the fall semester, Liberty’s Promise will return to Wakefield to begin work with their spring cohort. Students in Liberty’s Promise Civics and Citizenship [...]
The Alexandria Seaport Foundation helps to support students at the middle school level to build model boats, cigar box guitars, skateboards and much more. This is a hands-on experience for our students to learn to build while applying math and science skills all the while having fun! This program also supports the IB Middle Years Program goals in the subject area of technology, as well as promoting community and service. We successfully completed our first trebuchet project, which turned out to be amazing Skittle launching devices! Next up: skateboards! Cowabunga!