First Lady Encourages, Praises Communities In Schools


First Lady, Laura Bush visited Atlanta, GA last week during the Communities In Schools National Conference which celebrated 30 years of service to children. The conference also featured experts on national policy and education issues affecting at-risk youth.

First Lady Bush spoke at a downtown luncheon hosted by CIS, one of the nation’s largest dropout prevention groups. “In schools across our country, you’re working to address one of the most challenging issues in education, our dropout crisis”, she said in a scripted, 17 minute speech that took careful note of two White House initiatives that Mrs. Bush said complemented the group’s mission. One of those initiatives is Helping America’s Youth, launched by President Bush in 2005 to get adults more involved in the loves of youth. The other is the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal education law that penalizes schools that fail to perform to federal standards.

About 1,000 people including CIS of Carteret County, executive director Sandy Giacobbi attended the first lady’s speech at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The visit marks a return to the issues that have been the former librarian and teacher’s top priorities; literacy and education. First Lady Bush’s appearance was just one of the highlights of the five-day Communities In Schools conference; others were presentations from the Atlanta Boys Choir, the Benjamin E. Mays High School Marching Raider Band, the Audi and the Mezcolanza Dancers. Keynote speakers from across the country, such as Wintley Phipps, founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc. and well known vocal artist, education activist and motivational speaker, (you can hear his rendition of “Amazing Grace” on
According to Ms. Giacobbi, “the conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet Communities In Schools colleagues from across the country, networking and exploring the possibilities of additional resources to further develop CIS of Carteret County”.

November is national non-profit month, if you would like more information about how you can be apart of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, call 252-726-1952 or e-mail CIS of Carteret County at


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