Eagle Ridge was the first school to house a full-time site coordinator.
“Christi Tyson is going into her third year. Each year, the scores at Eagle Ridge have improved dramatically, and she knows she is one of the reasons,” Baxter said. "In partnership with administration, teachers and counselors, the site coordinator identifies the most critical needs of students and families — needs that are preventing children from succeeding in school and in life."
As with all CISMBC initiatives, the site coordinator program is funded solely through donations and grant funds. The organization was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to support CISMBC’s literacy programs and initiatives.
“We’ve received several grants from Communities In Schools of Georgia, and we’re continually looking for grant funding. We also utilize fundraisers and ask for donations and partner with a lot of groups," Baxter said. "By partnering, we can keep the cost down and still be able to provide programs. We’re very creative in how we use the limited funding we have so we can stretch funding to provide programs to students and families.”
CISMBC aims to help students who are at risk of failure to stay in school, achieve academically, graduate and become productive and contributing members within the community. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates, CIS connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs through a school-based coordinator.
For more information about the local organization, to donate funds or supplies, or to volunteer time, contact Baxter at 478-452-3408, or visit www.milledgeville.communitiesinschools.org.
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