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Connections Volume XXIV, Issue 4

Important Dates June 17th: Father’s Day June 21st: National Summer Learning Day July 4th: Independence Day July 24th: National Parents’ Day August 15th: First Day for Richland Two Students August 16th: First Day for Richland One Students

The results are in!!! On behalf of Communities In Schools of the Midlands staff and the students we serve, thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success, including our committee, volunteers, board members and staff. This year, we raised over $30,000 to help fund the operations that surround students in the Midlands with needed support so teachers are free to teach, and students are able to learn.

a quarterly publication of Communities In Schools of the Midlands with information and opportunities to connect with students and schools so every child has a chance to succeed.

Communities In Schools Releases ROI Study Showing Robust Community Return. Communities In Schools National Office released the results of an economic impact study on May 16, 2012. The study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), one of the nation’s leading economic modeling firms. The economic model was based on a subset of results from a recent five-year longitudinal national evaluation conducted by another independent research firm, ICF International. Using the dropout and graduation results from the ICF school-level study, and basing their calculations

only on those Communities In Schools affiliates working in high schools, EMSI calculated the costs of the organization, including dollars directly invested and the opportunity costs of labor and capital. They then calculated the benefits of the increased high school graduation rates attributed to Communities In Schools and the subsequent higher earnings by these graduates, as well as social and taxpayer savings based on the students’ increased academic achievement. Among the significant findings of the study are:  The average annual rate of return to society is 18.4%.

 The benefit/cost ratio is 11.6, nationally  The benefit/cost ratio is 13.2 in South Carolina, which means that every dollar invested in Communities In Schools creates $13.2 of economic benefit for our community. High school graduates will be net contributors to their communities for an average of 44 years of their working life, using their increased income to purchase homes and cars, and paying taxes that will support police officers, fire fighters and teachers. Scan QR Code to read more:

Communities In Schools of the Midlands Partners with SCBT to Connect Families with Computers. South Carolina Bank and Trust partnered with Communities In Schools to donate 20 computers to parents of students at John P. Thomas Elementary School on Thursday, May 17th. The computers, which were donated by SCBT through Communities In Schools of the Midlands, were awarded in a door prize drawing to parents who have been active in school activities for the last quarter. Montague Laffitte, SCBT Columbia City Executive expressed his excitement with the partnership saying, “I think it is wonderful that these computers, which would normally just be recycled, can be used for such a worthy cause.”

Communities In Schools of the Midlands Students Learn, Serve and Celebrate. Communities In Schools of the Midlands students had several opportunities this quarter to create relationships, learn valuable skills, serve others and advance academically in school. As part of our holistic approach, Success Coaches work to provide opportunities in all levels of character growth. Below are just a few examples of the types of activities that some of our 3,700 students participated in during the last quarter. Left: Success Coach Donnie Hunt partnered with HomeWorks to provide a community service opportunity for his students to repair a home for a person in need. Center: Students celebrate reaching their goals at an end of the year awards ceremony. Right: Success Coach Shelly Francis teaches students a valuable skill by holding gardening classes for students.

Research Shows Summer Months a Vital Time for Students to Develop Essential Skills for Success. For young people to be successful in school and life, ongoing opportunities to learn and practice foundational skills are essential. This is especially true during the summer months when students are not in the classroom receiving structured, directed learning. Unfortunately, many students and parents are unaware that learning loss during the summer has a negative effect the following school year. In fact, research from the Robert Browne Foundation shows that the primary factor in the reading achievement gap is caused by lack of summer learning. The National Summer Learning Association compiled the following research concerning the importance of helping your child continue to learn during the summer.

 All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

 Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middleclass peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).  More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).

 Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).

Board of Directors Janet Bailey Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Joe Benton National Assoc. of Black Social Workers Sarah Vann Bonds Palmetto Health Emily Brannen

Board President

First Citizens Meda Cobb Department of Juvenile Justice Tammie Epps Palmetto Health Angela English First Citizens

5 Ways to keep your students minds engaged this summer. 1. Cook and bake - Give your child a recipe and have him/her double or half the amount. This is a great way to practice fractions and foundational math. 2. Set up a laboratory in your house - Keep science skills up to date by checking out The site offers plenty of low cost home experiments. 3. Put your computer to work - Use internet games to increase knowledge. is SCETV's educational web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites geared toward SC educational requirements. 4. Visit an exhibit - Learn from Science, Art and History collections in downtown Columbia. The State Museum offers an array of exhibits and admission is only $1 per person the first Sunday of the month. 5. Go to the store - Bring your child with you on shopping trips (especially the grocery store) and have her or him add up each item while you are shopping and then compare it with the total when you check out.

Thank you to our fourth quarter donors

Julie Flaming Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Kathy Garrick Prudential Midlands Real Estate Rhittie Gettone

Board Secretary

The University of South Carolina Charles Griffin

Board Treasurer

Bank of America

Therese Griffin SCANA Corporation Anthony Hargrave IBM Corporation Lori Marrero Muller Rd. Middle School Bob Mason Bank of America Preston Sabalis

Board Vice President

NBSC A Synovous Company

Terry Schmoyer Schmoyer & Company, LLC Jeannetta Scott

Richland One School District

Core Staff Terry L. Linder

Executive Director Madonna Gauthreaux

Director of Operations Jordan Thie

Director of Development

Dow & Janet Bailey BeBeep Joe & Almateen Benton Danny & SarahVann Bonds Bonefish Grill Mark & Emily Brannen Susan Brill Bumble and Bumble Carrol Josey & Linda Bush Raymond & Terri Bynoe Carolina Fine Jewelry Emily Carpenter Casual Living Dan & Meda Cobb Columbia Country Club Chris Controne Bob & Sally Davis Dianne’s on Devine DiPrato’s Deli Christian & Angela English Reggie & Tammie Epps Eric’s San Jose

Fatz Restaurant Julie Flaming Madonna Gauthreaux Frank & Kathy Garrick Vernon & Rhittie Gettone Donna Gilbert Debra Green Charles & Lindsey Griffin Therese Griffin Groucho’s Deli Anthony & Lekita Hargrave Bobby & Jo Hecker David & Joan Hoffman Invitation Station Bobby & Beverly Jacobs Just The Thing La Bag Lady Ernie Lawhorne Susan Lemmon Terry L. Linder Lucinda Howe Art Studio

Mack Home Main Street Bakery Frank & Lori Marrero Bob Mason Massage Envy Nikki McCartha Morganelli’s Rick & Lynn Noble Scooter O’Cain Ben & Peggy Rast National Republic Distribution Rosso Restaurant Preston & Louisa Sabalis Sally Peek SCE&G Terry & Wendy Schmoyer Schmoyer & Company, LLC Denise Simmons Strobler Home Furnishings

The Carousel Jordan Thie Tombo Grill Tonic Day Spa Tony’s Pizza Uptown Gifts Nelson Walls Katy Watkins Rick & Brenda Wheeler Ann Cargill & Glenn White John & Kathy Wine Wine Styles Wish on Main Wynnsong Cinemas Zaxby’s In Honor of: Sharon & Dan Roach Helen & Walter Taylor

2012-2013 School Year Volunteer Information. If you are interested in volunteering next school year please complete and mail or drop off at our office the application and DSS check consent form as soon as possible. We run background checks Scan QR Code to through: SLED , DSS Central Registry , The National Sex download our Offender registry, and State Sex Offender registry. Volunteer application Please be aware that some background checks may take consent form. several weeks to complete and must be completed prior to being placed in a school. Forms are also available at

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To Help Students Start Next School Year Right, We Need: Backpacks 3-ring binders (2�) Composition notebooks Tab dividers Mechanical pencils Zipper pencil pouches Hand sanitizer

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