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We would like to thank all of the teachers who came out for the Teacher’s Closet Event, as well as everyone who donated (Wholistic Counseling Services, Mobley-Gentry Firm, Vineyard Church of Burke County, Gary’s BBQ).  Special thanks also goes to our planning committee and volunteers.  

Pictured from left to right: Corporal Gary Jenkins, Waynesboro Police Department, Rutha Givens, CISBC-FC Volunteer, Nardia Matthews, AmeriGroup, Teresa L. Carter, CIS of Burke County-Family Connection, Inc., Shanique Rhodes, CIS of Burke County-Family Connection, Inc., Keyan Bradford, Jr., CISBC-FC Youth Leadership Member, Not pictured (Shelley Broxton, City of Waynesboro)

Get Burke Reading

On March 2, 2021 The Burke County Literacy Team kicked off “Get Burke Reading”.   Over 200 youth and families received “Reading Bags”.   Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Get Georgia Reading and donations of pasta and cereal were provided by Wal-Mart#2754.

The Burke County Literacy Team hopes to encourage parents to not only read to and with their children but also discuss books over breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  The Get Georgia Reading Website states that “All children receive abundant, language-rich adult-child interactions, which are as critical for brain development as healthy food is for physical growth”. Through the partnership of Communities In Schools of Burke County-Family Connection, Inc. (CISBC-FC), Walmart#2754, The City of Waynesboro, Head Start, Early Head Start, SGA Elementary School, and Burke County Library, the Burke County Literacy Team will continue to empower our community. 

On September 29, 2020 CISBC-FC donated $350 to the Gospel Explosion Word Ministry
to help support their turkey drive to feed families throughout the community.   

April 1st is Census Day: Encourage Families to Fill Out the Census

Encourage families to respond to the 2020 Census by completing the questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the United States as of April 1, 2020. The questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau asks a few simple questions, like the age, sex, and marital status of the people who live in your home, including newborns and non-relatives.

Explain that responding to the 2020 census is an easy, safe, and important way to help provide critical resources for children, families, and their communities for the next 10 years. Remind parents and families that federal spending programs rely on information derived from the 2020 Census to guide the distribution of funds to states, counties, cities, and households. Those funds include services communities receive, including those that benefit children, such as Head Start, special education, and after-school programs, school lunch assistance, children’s health insurance, child care, and housing support.

Some families might notice census takers in their neighborhood. Let them know that this is a normal part of conducting the census; if they haven’t yet responded to the census, then census takers conduct in-person visits to ensure families are counted. Census takers are legally bound to protect any personal information collected and keep it strictly confidential. To learn more about what to expect, visit https://www.2020census.gov

CISBC-FC participated in a career fair at Burke County Middle School on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

On Saturday, January 25, 2020 CISBC-FC co hosted, along with Amerigroup and the Burke County Rec Department.

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