Georgia Highlands College

GHC/Marietta joins Communities in Schools for Community Service at Osborne High School

Georgia Highlands College/Marietta is participating in a community service project at Osborne High School on Thursday, Oct. 20 in partnership with Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, a drop-out prevention organization that works with both the Cobb County and Marietta City School Systems.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and become productive adults. CIS partners with local school districts and community organizations to connect needed resources and services to kids and families. GHC, through its Brother-to-Brother, Woman-to-Woman, and Chargers in Residence programs, designed to offer support to specific student groups, will participate in turning a classroom into a food pantry to offer food to students in need. They expect the food drive to be completed and the pantry fully stocked by January 2012. This will coincide with the food drive planned for the holidays by the teachers of Osborne and the CIS staff. The food collected will feed the families of Osborne High students.

Independent research demonstrates that Communities In Schools is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it increases graduation rates. Eighty-seven percent of students associated with the program graduate on time. And 98 percent of all students in the program stay in school; 82 percent reduce their high-risk behaviors. The study also shows that a higher percentage of students served by Communities In Schools reach proficiency in 4th-grade and 8th-grade reading and math.

Georgia Highlands College is actively engaged in both academics and community involvement with today's youth. The partnership with CIS will further the common goals of the institutions and their efforts to formulate new and improved methods to increase student success rates.

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Georgia Highlands College is a limited-mission, four-year state college of the University System of Georgia, serving more than 5,500 students at six sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville. The Marietta instructional site opened in 2005, and enrolls more than 1,100 students.



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