Jane is an older parent who adopted twins.  She says the Parenting Class has helped her so much.  She is becoming aware of her actions, as well as the actions of her children.  In the past, she would work from a negative perspective.  As a result of taking the parenting class, the weekly classes reinforce her positive though pattern as opposed to returning to her old style of parenting.  She stated that she likes the fact that participants can speak openly about their problems, with no negativity or judgmental behavior from the facilitators or other participants. She is glad the children are receiving some skills on feelings, etc. and sees that her children, especially her son, try to behave better as a result of the classes.

  • Jane, CIS Parenting Class participant


As we all know, kids can teach adults many things.  Having been a lunch buddy and a mentor for the past three years, I have learned much about various topics such as surfing, the Simpsons, and what’s inside that mysterious “Upside Down House” in Myrtle Beach.  I have learned about Minecraft, the Stephanie Meyer Twilight series, and interesting features on my Smart phone I wasn’t smart enough to know I even had.  I am not sure what my lunch buddies have learned from me, but I do hope they are learning that education can be their BFF and that there is an astonishing, astounding life after middle school.  I hope they are realizing that Shallotte Middle School is full of wonderful opportunities that will help them to blossom into hard workers, strong leaders, and responsible citizens.


The CIS Program gives much to me and I most appreciative and grateful. I am thankful for the coordination and guidance Ms. Rau provides to all of us so that the CIS activities run smoothly and successfully.  I am thankful to the staff, teachers, and administration who work so hard every school day to keep education alive and well. And, of course, I am thankful to the students, each and every one, who add to the joy of my world, just by being their amazing selves.

Shallotte Middle School CIS Lunch Buddy and Mentor

What a great experience my granddaughters had at Camp Explosion. The art and science projects were a big hit and they learned how to be checker masters. I picked the girls up each day after camp and they went on and on about their exciting day. In addition, I watched the team work with a number of challenging situations with a couple of the children at the end of the day and they were amazing; showing patience and care. The girls have already informed me they want to go back next year. Please thank Marc, Drew and the Southport team for me.

Grandparent of CIS Camp Explosion participants,

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John C. Crosby said, “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.”  That’s exactly what we provide as lunch buddies.  For our middle school buddies, we’re adults that listen; we’re a sounding board for their ideas, and provide a voice of reason to help put them on the right track…when they need re-tracking.


Since we first completed the orientation for Community In Schools we’ve had the pleasure to be lunch buddies for five different students. Being a lunch buddy allows us to develop strong relationships with our middle schoolers.  Currently we work with a sixth, seventh and eight grader and meet once a week during each of their lunch periods.  We’ve been able to begin with each of our students when they started at Shallotte Middle School as sixth graders and continue meeting with them until they move on to high school.


We, too, have benefited greatly from being lunch buddies.  For us, our time together reminds us of what it’s like to be a preteen and teen – very dramatic, exciting, and funny.  Being a lunch buddy has kept us in touch with current pop culture.  It has allowed us to develop relationships with young people and provide our buddies with a caring, interested adult that will listen to what’s going on in their lives, cheerlead from the sidelines, and provide support and encouragement for whatever they want to do.  Lunch buddies encourage students to do well in school and at home.  We love being lunch buddies for our students.

CIS middle school lunch buddies,
Calie Hodgson

Calie Hodgson

Calie has done an outstanding job of identifying the appropriate students to work with in her program, and she has recruited some great volunteers. She is always striving for ways to make her program stronger, and to do everything within reason to support her students. One of the things I respect most about Ms. Hodgson is that she has a natural instinct for knowing when to be firm with a student and when a child needs some TLC. She holds them accountable for their actions and sets high, but reasonable, expectations for them. She also knows how to set boundaries for them and when to give them tough love.


Calie is an excellent role model for our students and is consistently the epitome of outstanding character. She has taught me a great deal this school year, and has made tremendous strides in her role as a Success Coach.


Anne Joyner, South Brunswick Middle School Counselor