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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.

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.



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Executive Committee

Ted Smith, Chair - Smith Millwork


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

Sherri Hill, Past Chair - NC Department of Public Safety


Samantha Jacobs-Holshouser, Treasurer -Gamewell Mechanical, LLC


Keri Johnston, Secretary -Davidson County Schools


Emy Garrett, Liason -Lexington City Schools


Board of Directors


Kevin Firquin -Retired Educator, Community Volunteer


Ryan Harman -Mountcastle Insurance


Morgan Ryerson -Penry, Terry and Mitchell LLP

Ryan Short -Ryan Short Entertainment


Cindy Zimmerman -Country Roads RV Center

Staff Members

Shaylen Brown, Executive Director

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

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Amanda Bostick, Student Support Specialist

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

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Lisa Smith, Student Support Specialist

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

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"I first met Isa briefly in middle school. It wasn’t until she came to me at the high school that I really got to know her. She was missing a lot of days and her grades would suffer. She really didn’t want to be at school much less have a plan for her future. She had lost both of her grandparents very close together and just felt lost. The one thing she loved and kept her going was track. Isa loved to run. We would meet weekly to make sure she was coming to school and we worked with getting her help with her school work to bring up her grades. After her freshman year I could tell she was changing. She was becoming more and more determined to be the first in her family to go to college. We would talk about college and what she wanted to do and she could finally see her future. Fast forward to this year. Her senior year. We visited many colleges and talked to many coaches. I am proud to say that Isa received a full ride for track to Shaw University."

This story and so many more are WHY we do what we do everyday! If you want to get involved with our organization please reach out to us!

Mission Moment:

Amanda Bostick, Site Coordinator at LHS with Isa

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Location Address: 22 East 2nd Street, Lexington, NC  27292

Mailing Address: PO Box 177, Lexington NC 27293

(336) 242-1520

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