High School Young Women Learn About Self-Care Through Communities in Schools
Learning about selfcare, health, and wellness was one of the main themes of the Communities in Schools (CIS) Women’s Health Expo at Callaway High School. The inaugural event served as a kick-off for the organizations expansion into Callaway High. CIS currently serves:
• Berta Weathersbee Elementary
• Callaway Middle School
• Gardner Newman Middle School
• LongCaneMiddle School CIS will become a permanent fixture at Callaway High in the fall. They have touched over 2,700 Troup County School System students by offering services such as academic assistance, behavior intervention, clothing/ hygiene closet, and a backpack food pantry program.
CIS Site Coordinator Stephanie Williams said, “What better way to break barriers than building a solid relationship with our students? The Women’s Expo served as an opportunity to talk with our ladies about a variety of topics that they may find scary and/or uncomfortable to discuss in other settings.”
She continued, “Young girls often have so many questions and do not know where to go for these answers. This was a chance to not only educate these young women, but to give them a sense of empowerment so they are able to seek answers when in need.” During the Women’s Health Expo, the organization and community partners helped more than 150 young women learn about community resources, mental and physical care, and overall health and wellness. They also shared the services that will be offered to students in the upcoming school year.
Partners for the event included West Georgia Cancer Coalition, Wellstar West Georgia, AmeriGroup, Harmony House, Department of Public Health, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Circle of Care and Twin Cedars Troup County Alcohol Prevention Coalition.
Later this month, CIS of Georgia will host its Champions program at the Georgia Aquarium and Callaway Middle School student Markayla Moore is a finalist that will be recognized at this event. In addition, the organization will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Thursday, May 16th at the Del’avant. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 11,900 students in gradesK-12.The TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2018 graduation rate rose 6.2 percentage points to 84.1 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page