Local agency holds “picnic” to raise funds
Friends, family and volunteers spent Sunday evening taking a stroll down Hillcrest Drive to celebrate 25 years of Communities In Schools in the city while raising funds for the agency.
“We wanted a fun, end-of-summer event and decided that this would be a different event to come out to and create awareness about Communities in Schools, what our program does and the need that is out there,” said Catherine Niebauer, director of resource development and volunteers. “This is kicking off our 25th year in High Point.”
The progressive picnic allowed attendees to purchase a $30 ticket that would gain them access to three host homes on Hillcrest Drive for hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. The last home would be where attendees could learn more about the agency. The host homes were those of CIS volunteers and board members.
Ann Busby, former executive director of CIS and Jump Start Reading buddy at Parkview Elementary, hosted the dessert stop on the walking picnic.
“I have a special passion for the mission of CIS. Helping kids have a fair chance at being successful in life is what motivates me to be a part of it,” Busby said. “I was honored to be asked and it sounded like a great idea because it raises people’s understanding of what the agency means to young people.”
Entertainment was provided by the T. Wingate Andrews Drumline, led by former CIS Andrews student Cyril Jefferson, who is now a volunteer with the agency.
Funds received from the picnic go back to CIS general fund.
“I came out because I was a volunteer for seven years and I saw fantastic results from a lot of students who were struggling and probably would have dropped out of school,” said Libby Cheek. “When they were focused on this program so many of them excelled and were able to find their niche in school. It was wonderful to see that happen. This is a proven program that has worked for so many students in our area.”
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