It Takes A Community To Educate A Child

Cheryl Doucette-Delaware Hospice, Jim Purcell & Kia Lockart from Communities in Schools (back) 36th District Rep. Harvey Kenton & 35th District Rep. Dave Wilson

By CCGM Ex. Director Jo Schmeiser

Communities in Schools of Delaware hosted the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford May Power Breakfast, and their presentation focused mostly on their motto, “It Takes a Community to Educate a Child”.

CISDE President & CEO Jim Purcell, says the Communities in Schools Program is proven to be effective locally and on a national level, being the most effective dropout prevention organization in America. Jim says their mission is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools and help young people successfully learn, stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes every child deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn, a healthy start and future, marketable skill development and a chance to give back to the community.

CIS Site Director at Milford Central Academy, Kia Lockhart says they provide community based and individual services, in partnership with schools, in the form of mentoring, counseling, tutoring, health needs, college preparation, community service opportunities, case management, after-school programs, social development, literacy programs, targeted resource support and a variety of other innovative services.

Kia says CIS relies heavily on volunteerism and partnerships, and that collaboration is fundamental. She says CSIDE partners with a variety of stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcomes and services for students, that volunteers and community organizations implement classes and programs, act as mentors and tutors, develop materials and assist in logistics including planning and coordination. Kia says CIS is currently seeking mentors for next year. They provide training, and for only one hour per week you could make a huge difference in one child’s life.

For more information how you or your organization can get involved with Communities in Schools, contact Kia at 302.430.7900 ext. 1828, email or visit You can also friend them on facebook. For more information concerning CCGM Power Breakfasts contact Cheryl Doucette with Delaware Hospice at or 302.856.7717.

The chamber would like to say, “Thank you” to Luanne Holland, from Delaware Hospice, for coordinating the Power Breakfasts for the last several years. Luanne is now serving on the CCGM Board of Directors. Luanne says Cheryl will do a great job taking over as Power Breakfast Coordinator for the remainder of the year, and that she’s sure Cheryl would be happy to speak with you about hosting a breakfast in 2013. For a Power Breakfast Calendar, or to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford or any of the events we host, call 422.3344, email, visit the website at or check us out on facebook.