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CIS to host a "Graduation Summit" Community Presentation and Panel Discussion

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2011 Graduation Summit
October 26, 2011 ~ 3:00-5:30 pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium at the Knight Theater

Charlotte, NC – Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CIS) is hosting a “Graduation Summit”, a presentation and panel discussion to help inform and engage the Charlotte community on the importance of ensuring that all students graduate from high school.

Guest presenters include Daniel Cardinali, the president of the national Communities In Schools dropout prevention organization, and Dr. Jay Smink, professor emeritus of Clemson University and retired executive director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Following their presentations, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Ann Clark, chief academic officer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, with panelists Lisa Megan, a CMS teacher; Federico Rios, a CIS site coordinator; and Denise Watts, the executive director of Charlotte’s Project L.I.F.T. There will also be time devoted to audience participation in a Q&A session.

“Ensuring that every CMS student graduates from high school is one of the best economic stimulus packages in which this community can invest,” said Molly Shaw, executive director of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. “Our guest presenter, Dr. Jay Smink of the National Dropout Prevention Center, will offer Summit attendees his extensive knowledge and proven strategies to help students stay in school and graduate. We invite Charlotte citizens to join us at the Summit to learn how they can have an impact on this critical issue.”

The Summit is free and open to the public; however, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as space is limited. Registration begins at 2:30 and the program begins promptly at 3:00 pm.

Event Supporters include Piedmont Natural Gas, Wells Fargo, and WTVI. 


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. Find out more at www.cischarlotte.org

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May Johnston, Community Relations Director
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