This article is brought to you in partnership with Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. All opinions are our own.
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. The local affiliate of Communities In Schools, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, is hosting its annual community-wide event, Dine Out For Kids ®, on Tuesday, June 18. Just by going out to eat, you can help students in our local public schools have the resources and services they need to be successful in school and reach their greatest potential.
What is Dine Out For Kids®?
This year CIS-Charlotte is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of Dine Out For Kids ®! The event gives local restaurants and their patrons the opportunity to support public education and the students and schools that need additional resources and services. Participating restaurants agree to donate a portion of their sales on this one day — always the third Tuesday in June — to CIS. It serves as an excellent, tasty fundraiser in which you can support public education simply by going out to eat!
Which restaurants are participating?
A full list of participating restaurants can be found on the CIS event page. With more than 90 restaurants/locations, there are plenty of choices to fit every appetite and every budget. Make every bite count by inviting your family, friends and co-workers to join you for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — or all three! CIS encourages you to tell the restaurant staff you are supporting Dine Out For Kids ®, but there’s no requirement to do so — the restaurant automatically contributes a portion of the day’s sales to CIS.
What does CIS do?
CIS works with students in public schools who face barriers, such as generational poverty, lack of resources and lack of access and opportunities, to map out a successful path to achieve in school and in life. From basic needs such as clothing and health screenings to academic support, mentoring, and exposure to cultural and work-life experiences, CIS ensures that all students, regardless of the challenges they face, have what they need to succeed in school and grow into healthy, successful adults.
CIS places trained professionals, called Site Coordinators, inside schools to provide case management services and partner with teachers/educators, parents, individual volunteers, businesses, faith and civic groups, and other human service agencies to surround students with a network of support. CIS brings the community inside schools to ensure that students feel supported, valued, and have what they need to be successful inside and outside the classroom.
CIS-Charlotte is grateful for partners within the school system as well as the many partners throughout the community with whom they collaborate and whose investments enable them to engage with students in meaningful, intentional ways so that those students can take charge of their own story, fulfill their potential, and be prepared to live their very best lives.
For more information about Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, visit their website here.