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MEDIA ADVISORY            

WHAT:      “Celebrating Our Graduates 2012”
A program and celebration to recognize the 650+ seniors in Communities In Schools program who are on track to graduate in June.  Selected underclassmen (freshman, sophomores, juniors) will also be recognized (those who have shown significant improvement, leadership and are on track for promotion to the next grade).

Note: We have changed it up a bit this year – the event is in a new venue with a larger capacity.  Box lunches will be served (vs. a seated luncheon), and we are expecting a much larger crowd – about 1,000 students from 12 high schools, as well as approximately 500 supporters, volunteers, CIS and CMS staff, and community guests.  High energy event with recognition awards and celebration as the focus!

WHEN:       Thursday, April 19th -   11:00am – 1:00 p.m.  

WHERE:    Time Warner Cable Arena

WHO:          Hosted by Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Keynote Speaker – Joseph B. Washington, The Joseph Washington Group
Student Speaker –  Asante’ Hazziez, 1st Place winner in annual Speaking Contest
CIS Leadership Award – presented by Patrick Cannon, Mayor Pro Tem
(surprise award for top graduating senior in CIS)


Wells Fargo – Title Sponsor
Boar’s Head, Charlotte Bobcats, Goodrich Corp., Harris Teeter – Gold Sponsors
AmWins Group, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Duke Energy – Silver Sponsors

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About Communities In Schools
The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. An affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg currently serves over 6,500 students annually in 44 high poverty Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who are most at-risk for dropping out.  As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is helping build a stronger local community where every child is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. www.cischarlotte.org

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