South Charlotte

Dine Out effort to benefit Communities In Schools

Patrons dine at Village Tavern for Dine Out for Kids 2015.
Patrons dine at Village Tavern for Dine Out for Kids 2015. Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

On June 21, 36 restaurants will donate a portion of the money from their sales to Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Participating restaurants include Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Café Monte, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Tupelo Honey Café, Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, Stockyard Restaurant, Dogwood Southern Table and Bar, Reid’s Fine Foods, Crepe Cellar and YAFO kitchen.

“There’s something for everyone in terms of appetite and budget,” said May Johnston, community relations director at CIS.

Communities In Schools is a a dropout prevention organization. It’s part of a national group and was established in Charlotte in 1984. Communities In Schools works to provide resources that help low-income students.

The organization works with 5,800 students in 42 elementary, middle and high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.

“Whatever challenges students or their families are facing, we try to identify what is going to help them the most and connect them to those resources,” Johnston said.

She said resources range from school supplies and food to one-on-one tutoring and mentoring sessions.

CIS site coordinators, who work in the schools, flag students with poor attendance or those who are performing below grade level.

Then, the coordinators work to identify the problem and provide the resources and relationships that meet the needs of each child, Johnston said.

In middle and high school, CIS focuses on college and career readiness. Johnston said CIS organizes job shadowing opportunities and field trips to college campuses.

She said the nonprofit also provides the resources and support for teenage mothers to complete school.

“(Dine Out for Kids) is an easy way for people to support us and support kids in need in Charlotte,” Johnston said.

Jane Little: Twitter: @janelittle26

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