June 25, 2015 Newsletter:  Golf Tournament, Stuff The Bus & Program News


Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention organization.

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

 June 25, 2015

We still need A LOT of volunteers to sign up for Stuff the Bus. You can volunteer to hand out shopping lists to patrons or be a sorter on the bus or at our collection point.If you are interested, please contact me to get signed up or you can place yourself on the Google document. Just click on the link below to edit. Also, please forward this to everyone you know so they can sign up as well.

To print a flyer, click here.




Community Based Mentoring
Serenity tries out the new corn hole board she built at Lowe’s in June.  The Community Mentoring Program hosts a monthly event that allows youth to learn a new skill, try a new food, or enjoy a new hobby!
The Community Mentoring program originated as Moore Buddies in 1998 and merged with Communities In Schools about 2 years ago.  Since its inception, the purpose of the community based mentoring program has been to place adults with time to share with youth who need their time.  In April, Volunteer Mentors gave 127 hours to Moore County Youth, 127 hours that were filled with quality, engaging experiences that directly impacted the life of  young people.  For more information about ways you can support the community mentoring program, contact Susan Lamm at 910.295.1072.
In-School Mentoring and Reading Buddies

CIS of Moore County Receives an REMC Grant

CIS of Moore County is the recipient of a $2500 grant from Randolph Electrical Membership Corporation.  The REMC People Helping People grant was awarded to CIS of Moore County to fund the “Little Schoolhouse-Books for Children Program”.

The purpose of the “Little Schoolhouse-Books for Children Program” is to supply reading materials for primary and elementary school students to help reinforce the literacy skills they develop in school and to promote reading as both an enjoyable and beneficial activity.  Communities In Schools of Moore County is using funding from the People Helping People grant for non-profit organizations to supplement the Reading Buddies literacy program.

The “Little Schoolhouse-Books for Children Program” will aid our Reading Buddies initiative by providing free age appropriate books that volunteers may give to students.  Our desire is that the recipients of the books will take them and read to their parents or siblings.

When making home visits to the children served by CIS of Moore County, we rarely see bookcases or books in the homes.  We hope that the “Little Schoolhouse-Books for Children Program” will change this paradigm by making free books readily available to children who participate.

Our plan is to establish a children’s book collection program, operated by committed volunteers, that will establish a convenient and on-going method to secure new and used books.  To add to the convenience and visibility of the program, CIS of Moore County will use the funding from the grant to construct collection containers, shaped like little schoolhouses, to be placed in area bookstores, businesses, libraries, and other high traffic areas.

We hope to begin placing the “Little Schoolhouse” containers later this summer.  If you have children’s books that are no longer needed, please deposit them in your local “Little Schoolhouse” and make an investment in the children of Moore County.

To contact the coordinator of In-School Mentoring and Reading Buddies, please call 910-295-1072.




Copyright  2015 Communities In Schools of Moore County, All rights reserved.  March 2015 e-Newsletter

Our mailing address is:

PO Box 223

Pinehurst, NC 28370-0223





Spring 2015 e-Newsletter

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention organization.

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

 March 18, 2015

We will be hosting our first ever Second Chance Prom on April 18th, 2015!  This is an exciting opportunity to make new memories or relive an old one!  Some of us have some not so good memories or our proms and some did not even attend their prom.  Here is your chance to change all of that and help CISMC at the same time. Our first annual Second Chance Prom will be held at Down Memory Lane in Aberdeen.  We will start with a Social Hour from 7pm to 8pm followed by music and dancing from 8pm to 11pm.  Dance-goers will enjoy live music by the Mike Wallace Quartet and light hors’ d oeuvres.  There will be a cash bar so you must be 21 or over to attend.  Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and can be purchased on-line by going to our website  There will be raffle prizes also!  Proceeds benefit CISMC.  Please spread the word to friends and family members!

Cameron, NC 28326


For more information contact: Bryana Nelson, Race Director at (910) 295-1072 or  Like our race Facebook page at

SAVE THE DATE!  Please join us for our 19th Annual Rigsby-Clark Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday August 15, 2015 at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines, NC.  Please visit our website to find out more information!

Moore Family Connections

MFC will begin another session in Aberdeen on March 12 from 6pm to 8pm at Page Memorial.  MFC uses an evidence-based curriculum called Strengthening Families to encourage and coach families to strengthen their core.  Families learn about and practice skills including communication, listening, problem solving, and conflict resolution.  Each family considers their strengths and how to build on them.  Protective factors are introduced and evaluated by each family at the beginning of the session and at the end. Beginning in April, CISMC will highlight one of the protective factors listed below and disseminate information on how families can bring the factor home.


What We Know:  Families thrive when protective factors are robust in their lives and communities.

Parental Resilience

No one can eliminate stress from parenting, but a parent’s capacity for resilience can affect how a parent deals with stress.  Resilience is the ability to manage and bounce back from all types of challenges that emerge in every family’s life.  It means finding ways to solve problems, building and sustaining trusting relationships including relationships with your own child, and knowing how to seek help when necessary.

Social Connections

Friends, family members, neighbors and community members provide emotional support, help solve problems, offer parenting advice and give concrete assistance to parents.  Networks of support are essential to parents and also offer opportunities for people to “give back”, an important part of self- esteem as well as a benefit for the community.  Isolated families may need extra help in reaching out to build positive relationships.

Concrete Support in Times of Need

Meeting basic economic needs like food, shelter, clothing and health care is essential for families to thrive. Likewise, when families encounter a crisis such as domestic violence, mental illness or substance abuse, adequate services and supports need to be in place to provide stability, treatment and help for family members to get through the crisis.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Accurate information about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age help parents see their children and youth in a positive light and promote their healthy development.  Information can come from many sources, including family members as well as parent education classes and surfing the internet.  Studies show information is most effective when it comes at the precise time parents need it to understand their own children.  Parents who experienced harsh discipline or other negative childhood experiences may need extra help to change the parenting patterns they learned as children.

Social and Emotional Competence of Children

A child or youth’s ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and effectively communicate their feelings has a positive impact on their relationships with their family, other adults, and peers.  Challenging behaviors or delayed development create extra stress for families, so early identification and assistance for both parents and children can head off negative results and keep development on track.

Community Based Mentoring

Gymnastics Jamboree! The Community Based Mentor program had a morning of tumbling, twisting and jumping compliments of Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics on January 26th!   Both youth with a mentor and those on the waiting list are invited to participate in a monthly event!  In February our youth were able to bang around a bit at Lowes Home Improvement at a “Hammers and Nails 101” workshop, and a historical tour of Shaw House and Grounds is scheduled for March!  For more information about how you can help, become a mentor, or support the Community Based Mentor program, contact Susan Lamm at 910-295-1072!

In-School Mentoring and Reading Buddies

Left to right:  Shanick Ray and Elise Snyder

Sandhills Community College Students

Become CIS Reading Buddies

Fourteen Sandhills Community College students have begun serving as Reading Buddies at Aberdeen and Southern Pines Primary Schools this spring.  The partnership between the college and Communities In Schools of Moore County has proven to be a win-win relationship for the new Reading Buddies and their second grade students.

The SCC students are participating in the Early Language and Literacy class taught by instructor Susan Wright.  Mrs. Wright has arranged for her students to receive credit for participation in the Reading Buddies program.  After completing the required training and background checks in January, students were assigned to second grade classrooms at the primary schools.

Initial reactions have been extremely positive.  Our newest Reading Buddies state that they love the experience of working in the classroom.  The children are excited to have the SCC students helping them improve their reading skills.

CISMC is very proud to host a guest speaker at three of our middle schools on March 20th, 2015. New Century Middle, West End, Middle, and Southern Middle school students will benefit from a phenomenal speaker and attorney from Alamance County, Larry Brown. I was fortunate enough to first see Mr. Brown last year at a symposium in Greensboro. He spoke on sexting and cyber-bullying and the lasting effects of these current issues. Mr. Brown is a former prosecuting attorney and is now a defense attorney. He has a passion for working with young people and is looking forward to educating our students on the consequences of inappropriate use of social media. Moore County Schools and CISMC are working together to make this event possible. Thank you very much Mike Metcalf and Jenny Jennings!

CISMC has volunteered to take part in a pilot project with CIS of North Carolina called Quality Enhancement and Network Innovation.  This project is designed to introduce and engage our state-wide network in a focused dialogue about how we effectively implement and support evidence-based and research supported practices to help our students achieve in school and in life.  This is the beginning of a conversation about an innovative process that will ultimately transform and position our state network as the leading national provider of Integrated Student Supports.  This not only makes us a national model, but most importantly has the potential to drive student-centered outcomes to an all-new level, thus ensuring the CIS model as a critical ingredient in school transformation.

This is an important opportunity for all of CISNC to come together and to lay out the “vision” and the implementation model for moving our network forward as relevant leaders in the evolving field of Integrated Student Supports and intervention services.  We look forward to charting this next phase of our organization’s history with a targeted focus on doing what is absolutely mission-critical for those that we serve, as we strive to strengthen the core of our network, while serving more students with quality and excellence all across North Carolina.

On Saturday May 23rd, 2015, CISMC is excited to once again partner with ACTMoore (At-Risk Community Team) and participate in an event themed “United We are Moore.” It will be a day of supporting law enforcement, our team, and our communities. We will have a resource fair as we have had in the past, K-9 demonstration from Southern Pines PD, compression only CPR classes, and other activities!  This event will take place at the Boys and Girls Club in Southern Pines from 11am to 330pm. T-shirts will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will all go towards our event.

To Order, please contact Celeste Marino at  Prices are following:


XXL-XXXL T-shirts-$12

Long sleeve T-shirts-$12

Crewneck sweatshirts- $15

Hoodies-$ 20

What does ACTMoore do?

ACT Moore, formerly the Moore County Gang Prevention Task Force, works as a collaboration of agencies to identify and address needs of the communities we serve.  Once needs are identified, we work to develop solutions and provide resources.  In the beginning, we focused mostly on sharing information and gaining knowledge about what gang activity was occurring in the county. Our focus has changed over the years to include to education, awareness, and most importantly prevention. We have developed a presentation that provides awareness and information that addresses the gangs specific to Moore County.  We are often asked by organizations such as churches, mental health agencies, and other community agencies to give these presentations.  After each presentation and community events we have hosted, there is almost always a parent who asks more questions and seeks resources to help their child, or a pastor that asks that the presentation be given in his community. Each individual that we are able to help gives us hope that we are and will continue to make a difference.

CISMC would like to give a big thanks

to Moore Executive Women for being

a sponsor of our girls empowerment

program, UniqueMe. Each year, CISMC

provides middle school girls the

opportunity to attend a workshop

centered on building self-esteem.

Professionals from the community

will be providing sessions on health

and fitness, spirituality, healthy

relationships, health and beauty, and

mental health. This year’s program

will take place in March at Southern

Middle School.


CISMC wishes to give a huge thank you in advance to Ann Nash and

volunteers from Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst for

their willingness to help us revitalize our office entrance and hallway.

A group of volunteers will be giving a fresh coat of paint to help

brighten things up a bit.  Thank you very much!

Communities In Schools of Moore County received a grant from Moore

Women-A Giving Circle in the amount of $2,500 to implement a new

program called Reaching New Heights. CISMC’s initiative provides at-risk

children and their mothers an opportunity to broaden their horizons

through a series of experiences designed to challenge a self limiting

mindset. Through these opportunities, mothers and children will discover

that through teamwork, cooperation, confidence building, diligence, and

courage, they are capable of reaching new heights of success in their lives.

This initiative will use zip lining and wall climbing experiences as

metaphors to help youth and their mothers realize that reaching new

heights is based upon the following principles: success requires some

risk-taking, achievement requires diligence and teamwork, confidence

can be learned through experience, and that our attitude ultimately

determines our altitude.  This initiative will provide structured,

educationally based opportunities for 12 students and their mothers to

develop a possibility mindset and willingness to explore potentially life

changing options.  

Copyright  2015 Communities In Schools of Moore County, All rights reserved.  March 2015 e-NewsletterOur mailing address is:PO Box 223

Pinehurst, NC 28370-0223









Fall 2014 e-Newsletter

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention organization.

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading
drop-out prevention organization. 
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
We need your support as we strive
to support students in Moore County!

From the Executive Director, Bryana Nelson

With school in full motion and our programs underway, the last couple of months have been very busy!

CISMC is planning for our wine tasting event “All Things Moore” that will be held at Black Rock Winery on December 4th from 5pm to 8pm. Moore County artisans will showcase their work and have pieces available for purchase. The unique wines of Black Rock will be available for sampling and purchase as well! This will be a great opportunity to purchase some holiday gifts! Tickets are on sale for $30 and can be purchased by contacting our office 910-295-1072 or visiting our website at  Tickets can be purchased on our website by clicking here!

Our annual Thankful Dinner is being held on Wednesday, November 12th at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines. CISMC holds this annual dinner as a way to say thanks to all of our mentors and their families as well as the families that we are so grateful to work with. Each year, the number of attendees is greater and greater as we expand our efforts further into the community. We are proud to be able to be a part of so many families in Moore County.

Two years ago, we started recognizing one mentor who has consistently gone above and beyond with their mentee. The mentor is presented with the Expanding Horizons Award at our Thankful Dinner. This year’s winner is Linda Pearson! Linda has been a mentor for over three years seeing one youth through middle school and transition into high school. Linda is currently working with another 8th grader. The Expanding Horizons Award is only a small piece of the gratitude we want to express to Linda Pearson and her relentless dedication to the youth in Moore County. Thanks, Linda!

To contact Bryana please email her at or call the office at 910-295-1072!

Moore Family Connections Program

Evening classes that focus on the family unit

     Moore Family Connections has finished another round of classes in Carthage and Southern Pines. MFC has served over 85 youth and their families this past year. A new Southern Pines class will start November 6th at Page United Memorial with eight families. MFC will also offer a class in the Robbins area within the next couple of months.

It’s easy sometimes to get caught up in the numbers and making sure the classes are full and we are not over budget. However, working with each family for over 12 weeks and after they have learned to trust you and the other families enough to open up about their challenges, it makes it very clear just how important this job is to them and to me. Every now and then a family will enter the class that has so many things to overcome from the past and present. However, seeing them smile when they are around each other amidst such constant adversity in their lives and the pride in their eyes when they receive their certificate of completion touches my heart. I wanted to share what one father wrote after completing the class: “I have really enjoyed being here with my kids. We always look forward to coming. It not only brought us closer together, but it has taught me better ways to deal with my children in a loving and caring way. The things that were taught gave me more patience and thought about raising kids. And, as a single dad of five children, I really needed this class. All in all, anyone who has a family and would like to know how to cope better and need to know how to show their love for their family should really come to this class.” –Y.M.

Please contact Bryana Nelson at or call the office at 910-295-1072 for more information!  Or view our website here!

Community-Based Mentoring Program
“Moore Buddies” – Funded by our annual golf tournament and JCPC

     Bryana Nelson and Susan Lamm attended the National Symposium  on Juvenile Services​ in Greensboro in October.  It was empowering to hear how agencies across the nation are working to make our communities stronger and safer through their work with juveniles and their families.  There were several interesting “break-out” sessions offered.  Worth noting was the session on “Juvenile Justice Reform in NC– A Success Story”.  Of course, it revealed through quantitative data how NC has embraced the shortcomings of the juvenile justice system to decrease juvenile crime across North Carolina.  The reason? Working closely with community resources such as Communities In Schools, which offer direct and effective support services throughout their community.  A couple of great examples that are making a HUGE impact on juvenile justice reform in our communities are parenting classes, which we offer here at Moore County CIS, and mentoring– CIS offers two mentoring options: In-school and community-based.  The statistics for youth involved with a mentor are overwhelmingly positive: 52% of youth working with a mentor are less likely to skip school than their peers, and 46% are less likely to start using illegal drugs.  It’s not magic. It is merging people in need with dedicated people who want to make a difference!  If you are interested or think you might be interested in one of our programs, whether as a participant or as a volunteer, please give our office a call!  YOU are the reason we’re here!

Please contact Susan Lamm at if you would like to mentor a student in the community instead of the school setting.  Please visit our website for more information by clicking here!

CIS In-School Mentoring: Off to a Great Start! 

The Southern Middle School In-School Mentoring began in September with six returning mentors renewing connections with students from the previous school year.  We have three additional returning mentors, one who has begun meeting with a new mentee, one who is scheduled to meet with a new student, and one who will reconnect with his former mentee in November.  We have six new mentors who have completed their training and have been matched with mentees.  Students are excited to be participating in the program and look forward to meeting their mentors each week.

In addition to spending time with their mentors, students have been identifying their deams for the future and articulating goals for the school year.  Also, students will be touring Sandhills Community College during second semester to help them realize the opportunities available to them after high school.

There are still students who need mentors.  If you or someone you know would like to make a difference in the life of a child, please contact Robin Moore at or by telephone at (910) 295-1072 or visit our website by clicking here!

Reading Buddies

The CIS Reading Buddies program is designed to help second grade students at Aberdeen Primary School and Southern Pines Primary School improve their reading skills.  Through the use of trained volunteers, CIS Reading Buddies provides students an opportunity to reinforce the literacy skills they learn through the approved literacy curriculum.

To prepare volunteers for their Reading Buddies assignment, they will complete in-service training, which will provide them a “tool kit” of skills synchronized with existing curriculum to bring to the classroom.  In addition, volunteers will receive orientation to school expectations and Moore County Schools’ policies and procedures.

Volunteers will work with the second grade classroom teachers during the literacy or intervention blocks of instruction.  Students, divided into small groups by teachers, will practice and develop mastery of the skills.  The classroom teacher will direct individual students or small student groups to work with their Reading Buddies volunteer.  The improvement of comprehension skills will be emphasized during the small group or individual activities.

Evaluation of the program will be ongoing throughout the school year.  Student and teacher assessments along with overall student achievement scores will be used as variables for the evaluation process.  Student achievement data will be provided by Moore County Schools.

Initial CIS Reading Buddies Training Completed
The first orientation/training session for the CIS Reading Buddies program was held at Southern Pines Primary School on October 23 for nine volunteers.  The Reading Buddies will devote one hour per week to tutor students at Aberdeen and Southern Pines Primary Schools.  Five of the volunteers will begin working with second grade students at Aberdeen Primary during the last week of October.

Reading Buddies will be assigned individual students or small groups of students who need additional help with literacy skills.  The training provides some specific tools for Reading Buddies to use with their students.

Additional training dates are being scheduled.  Please contact Robin Moore: if you would like to serve as a Reading Buddies volunteer.  Click here to go to our website!

Copyright © 2014 Communities In Schools of Moore County, All rights reserved.  November 2014 e-NewsletterOur mailing address is:
PO Box 223
Pinehurst, NC 28370-0223910-295-1072