About Communities in Schools and
Walton County BBQ Festival

 

Why we're ALL doing this

This event is being provided as a financial support to Communities in Schools of Walton County Georgia. CIS of Walton County is partenering with many local people that have volunteered to host this event.

More about Communities in Schools

At Communities In Schools, we work with everyone to change the picture of education for 1.3 million kids every year.

We do this by

(1) keeping kids in school

(2) doing whatever it takes to eliminate barriers

(3) never giving up, on anyone.

 

 

Every Child Needs and Deserves

1) A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

2) A safe place to learn and grow

3) A healthy start and a healthy future

4) A marketable skill to use upon graduation

5) A chance to give back to peers and community

 

If you are visiting this website and wish to simply make a donation to the cause instead of becoming a Vendor, Entertainer or Sponsor, please use the button below to contribute directly to Communities in Schools of Walton County.

 

 

Communities in Schools, "…the local affiliate of the nation's largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life…”

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF WALTON COUNTY MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Communities In Schools of Walton County is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Working with both schools and the community, Communities In Schools does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life. Based directly inside schools throughout Walton County, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student's specific needs.

Operating in seven schools, Communities In Schools of Walton County serves every middle and high school in the Walton County Public School District and the elementary school in the Social Circle City School District. We serve more than 7000 students with school-wide drop-out prevention services and work one-on-one with nearly 300 of the students who are most at risk. As the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.

Read more about our work at www.ciswalton.org and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ciswalton

 

Why it's important

Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every 26 seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By helping students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. After all, each child is our child, and our collective future.

Walton County's graduation rates exceed the state and national averages, yet nearly one out of every five students who enters the 9 th grade in Walton County will not graduate four years later. On average, each student who leaves school without a diploma costs the local economy more than $600,000 in lost wages and government assistance over the course of his or her lifetime. In Walton County, that figure totals to more than $110 MILLION each year.

How We Do What We Do

Communities In Schools trains and places highly qualified site coordinators and supporting staff directly into schools. Once there, our job is to connect students and their families to basic and critical community resources, tailored to each student's specific needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, we create a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start to a healthy future, a path toward marketable skills upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community. As a result, Communities In Schools has become the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.