December 10, 2022 @ 5:30PM — December 23, 2022 @ 10:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

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Enjoy a free, holiday lights tour, while learning about how we support vulnerable children in Chesterfield.

Presented by TowneBank Chesterfield

Join Communities In Schools of Chesterfield for our 2022 Holiday Light Tour!

DATES: December 10th through December 23rd

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Hampton Park Neighborhood in Midlothian, VA

For the third year, CIS EXPRESS is back on track to run through Hampton Park in Midlothian! This free, family-friendly, and educational holiday light tour is a chance to celebrate the holidays, while also supporting Chesterfield students! You can drive the tour route any night during the event dates, when you will visit fabulously decorated homes, through an easy to use guided tour on your phone. Each of the stops on the tour is connected to our mission and the eleven schools we serve, and include audio clips about our work.

We are also bringing our live event night back! This year we will host a single event night, but bigger and better! Join us on Friday, December 16th at Woodlake United Methodist Church, for the Skanska sponsored Live Event Night, when we will have our Hot Cocoa and Cookie Café, a holiday craft station, live music, photos with Santa, and more! Our "elves" will be at Woodlake from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Stop by before driving the rest of the tour!

The event is free, and with registration, each participant will receive an electronic event package. Packages include instructions to download our guided tour app to use with mobile devices and other important event details. A printable copy of the tour with addresses and QR code directions will also be available. The tour can be driven any night over the event dates (December 10 - 23). When you are ready to start the tour, you will open the mobile application on your phone to begin. Along the route, participants will hear from members of our CIS team, students, families, and school staff, who will share more about the work and impact of CIS through short audio clips! A couple of fun videos will also be incorporated, which participants can tune into before, during or after the event to learn more about the interventions and services we provide to the 11,000 students we serve.

We'll also include a scavenger hunt for little and big kids alike and the chance to win fun prizes!

About Communities In Schools of Chesterfield

CIS of Chesterfield delivers wrap-around services in the 11 Chesterfield schools serve, all designed to achieve our mission: to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS services at each of our schools are implemented through dedicated Site Coordinators. Each school-based CIS Site Coordinator works in tandem with the principal and school staff, identifying the needs of the students and school and then connecting resources to meet those needs.

Currently, we deliver the CIS model at five elementary schools (Bellwood, Bensley, Chalkley, Ettrick, and Falling Creek), three middle schools (Falling Creek, Manchester, and Salem Church) and three high schools (Carver College and Career Academy, LC Bird, and Meadowbrook).

The services provided look unique in each school, as each school has unique challenges. However the common thread is our belief in the Five Basics. Developed by CIS’s founder, these are essentials that every child needs to succeed: 1) a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult; 2) a safe place to learn and grow; 3) a healthy start and healthy future; 4) a marketable skill to use upon graduation; 5) a chance to give back to peers and community. The services provided are rooted in delivering these Five Basics. Examples of the interventions and services aligned with some of the Five Basics include: matching mentors with students for one-on-one relationships; partnering with Conexus to provide eye glasses for students; and career readiness programs that equip students with skills to use after graduation.

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