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CIS program graduates its biggest class ever

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

An over 3-hour event Tuesday morning honored 750 high school students graduating from Communities in Schools, a specialized and independent program now within 13 Charlotte Mecklenburg High Schools.

CIS, as its casually called, is a decades-old program in Charlotte.  It surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  This year, 87 CIS seniors received scholarships through CIS for whatever future education or trade plans they have after graduation.

"The world owes you nothing," keynote speaker Joseph B. Washington told the 750 teenagers.  "You need to be steady in the game called life." 

Comments like that – teaching the teens to depend on themselves and work hard – got standing ovations.

This is the biggest graduating class ever in Charlotte's CIS program.  WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham emceed the program.

"We grow every year," says Renee Leak, who oversees all the CIS site coordinators at each high school.  "We just keep getting bigger and bigger and helping more kids.  It's a great thing to be a part of."

Some of the community sponsors which keep this program going include TIAA Cref, Wells Fargo and Coca Cola.  CIS also works closely with community partners like CMS, Charlotte Housing Authority, Mecklenburg County, City of Charlotte and Goodwill.

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