Communities in Schools celebrates successful year

Published 7:00 pm Friday, May 5, 2017

LaGRANGE- Communities in Schools of Troup County celebrated there 28th year Thursday evening at the Del’avant Event Center and there was plenty to highlight throughout the night.

Communities in Schools of Troup County is an affiliate of the nation’s largest stay-in-school network. Their mission is to help children stay in school and prepare for life.

“I want to show four partners special recognition tonight for all that they do and that is United Way West Georgia, the Troup County School System, the City of LaGrange and Communities of Schools of Georgia,” said Tabitha Lewis-Coverson, the Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Troup County, as she spoke to the crowd at hand.

Dinner was served on the evening, as well as several Civil Rights related musical selections performed by the LaGrange High School ensemble.

There was plenty of hardware handed out to teachers and students during the celebration.

The CIS (Communities in Schools) Student of the Year was awarded to Deasia McLeadon. The 110% Above and Beyond award went to Alazonte Fetter. Amerion Elder received the Artistic Excellence honor.

Students Emily Cosper, Kevin Cosper, Alia Williams, Tania Williams, Tyricia Cotton, Jaylin Hargett, Zycorey Varner, Robert Harris and Mijoshski Buckner were all recognized as CIS Superstars.

Mentor of the Year went to both Vacher Hammett and Torre Pike.

Sequita Freeman was named Board Member of the Year and Site Coordinator Frederick Stanley was awarded for 17 years of Outstanding Service.

The speaker on the evening was Christian rapper and actor Seth Harden, who participated in Communities in Schools when he attended Callaway Middle School as an eighth-grader and performed in a talent show at school that jumpstarted his desire to pursue a music career.

“Communities in Schools really turned my life down a direction I thought I would never be at,” said Harden, who also acted alongside actor Nicolas Cage in the 2011 movie Seeking Justice. “None of these things I accomplished would be possible without God. Communities in Schools played such a big role in my life back then that I didn’t really understand and to think it all started for me as an eighth-grader at Callaway Middle School. I just want to thank Communities in Schools because it is truly, truly a great program.”


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