Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County


Placing Youth on the Path to Success

At Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County, we are strong believers in the ability of our youth to succeed. Our programming and activities are designed to help our youth reach their goals and fulfill their highest potential. We are proud of all our children, and love watching them grow into bright-minded and confident individuals. See how we’re involved in making a difference in our children’s lives.

We are a United Way Agency

Donating to Communities In Schools means donating to a local affiliate of the only organization in the country that has been proven both to drastically decrease the dropout rate and to increase on-time graduation rates.

Whether it’s providing backpack meals, clothes, school supplies or other basic necessities to help a student remain focused to learn, and attend school, every dollar you spend has a direct impact on the future stability of our community.

Please consider making a quick and easy online donation by clicking the green donate button above. We appreciate your support.


Paving the Way to a Brighter Future

Children have so much to offer to the world - we believe in the power that they hold, and know that they will mold future generations to come. At Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County, we are here to give them the support they need in order to shape them into leaders of the future. We offer a range of programs that support and help nurture our youth. 


One on One Support

We provide one-on-one support for students at risk for dropping out of school. Our student support specialists offer case management to 10% of the student population and make sure that each of these students have everything that they need to flourish in school and life.


Our mentor program provides support for students in 24 schools across the Davidson County and Lexington City School Districts. We match volunteers with students who need a steady presence in their lives.

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Basic Needs

When many of the students in our community come to school, they do not have the supplies needed to complete their school assignments. We seek to provide for the needs of students such as by supplying clothing, food and school supplies. We try to address situations that keep students from being able to flourish.

Backpack Programs

Hunger is a real problem for many of the students in our community. When children do not receive the proper nutrition, they will be more likely to struggle academically and socially, setting them up to be behind as they journey through school.

Backpack meals are provided to children in schools that participate in the Backpack program in the Lexington City and Davidson County schools. As part of the program, students at each school take home a backpack full of kid-friendly food every weekend of the school year. Students are chosen to participate in the program by their teachers and administrators. They must be on free/reduced lunch and they must have permission from their parents to participate. On average, it cost $200 to feed one child for an entire school year.


YOU can help sustain existing programs by making an online DONATION. Or send a check to PO Box 177, Lexington, NC 27293 and specify “Backpack Program” on the memo line.



Currently, CIS Operates in 24 schools:

Brier Creek Elementary

Central Middle

Charles England Elementary

Churchland Elementary

Davidson Co. High Teen Parent Program

Denton Elementary

Fair Grove Elementary

Hasty Elementary

Lexington Senior High

Lexington Middle

North Davidson Middle

Pickett Elementary

Pilot Elementary

Reeds Elementary

Silver Valley Elementary

South Davidson Senior High

South Davidson Middle

South Lexington Elementary

Southmont Elementary

Southwood Elementary

Southwest Elementary

Tyro Elementary

Tyro Middle

Welcome Elementary

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Executive Committee

Sherri Hill, Chair - Family Services of Davidson County


Karel Van Der Linden, Vice-Chair -Director of Fly High, Inc.


Craig Adcock, Treasurer -Turlington and Company, LLP


Keri Johnston, Secretary -Davidson County Schools


Emy Garrett -Lexington City Schools


Dr. Emily Lipe -Davidson County Schools


Board of Directors

Mary Ann Brown -Retired -Community Volunteer


Kevin Firquin -Retired -Educator


Ryan Harman -Mountcastle Insurance


Samantha Jacobs - Turlington and Company, LLP


Keri Johnston -Davidson County Schools


Morgan Ryerson -Ryerson Law Firm, PLLC

Ryan Short -Ryan Short Entertainment


Ted Smith -Smith Millworks


Cindy Zimmerman -Country Roads RV Center

Staff Members

Vera McRae Executive Director

Mrs. McRae oversees the operations of Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County. If you have any questions, please reach out to her.

Email Vera

Amanda Bostick

Student Support Specialist

Mrs. Bostick takes care of our students at Lexington High School.

Email Amanda

Jennifer Adcock

Student Support Specialist

Mrs. Adcock takes care of our students at Lexington Middle School.

Email Jennifer

Lisa Smith

Student Support Specialist

Mrs. Smith takes care of our students at South Davidson Middle, and and Central Davidson Middle

Email Lisa


Executive Committee/ Board of Directors


Don’t Be the Last to Know!

The 2022 Annual Big Toy Day Saturday August 27th

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Location Address: 100 W. Hemstead St, Lexington, NC 27292,      (Back Lower Level of Lexington Middle School)

Mailing Address: PO Box 177, Lexington NC 27293

(336) 242-1520

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