Women Investing in Success and Education

Women Investing in Success and Education

Women Investing in Success and Education

by Leanne Yocum

Every child deserves to stand tall and without a shadow of a doubt know they matter, which is why the group, Women Investing in Success and Education (WISE) was formed.

WISE is a powerhouse of diverse and dynamic women dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives through various activities throughout the year. The group is an auxiliary of Communities in Schools of North Texas and includes local business owners, community leaders, and philanthropists.

“I’m passionate about CISNT.  I love what it’s about, especially because it’s in our very own community,” said Lynn Young, the committee chair. “I love how our community is helping raise kids to want to go to school, encouraging them to stay in school, and equipping them with whatever they need to stay in school.”

Exciting fundraisers are organized throughout the year to support CISNT.

Purse Auction

“I’ve never done a more fun event because everybody is excited about it! We raised $7,000, then $15,000, and last year $25,000.” So how does the auction work? “We reach out to friends, and the auction is held at a person’s home. It’s very casual.  A regular ticket is $35 or $55 to come 30 minutes early for a sneak peek at everything.” This year, Lucy Voss in the Shops at Highland Village donated a Prada handbag. “Girls just get excited about purses! We had 35 purses in all different price ranges to bid on and had a great turnout. We have food and drinks, and it’s just fun!”

Skirt Scramble

“I don’t play golf, but it’s not competitive at all. You can throw the ball if you want to! We just get a group together and come up with a theme. We have  bloody mary’s and mimosas. It’s a really fun event!”  The next Skirt Scramble is Monday, October 21st at the Lantana Golf course.”

Lunch with a Leader

“An informal meeting is held once or twice a year to tell people about CISNT.”  The mission of CISNT is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  “Lunch with a Leader is for 5th-grade girls. Once a month we have lunch with the girls. We choose a color for the month, wear it, and talk about its meaning. For example, one month, the color was white for compassion. We had a super fun lesson about what compassion means and then played a game. It’s really awesome because you bond with the girls and they really look forward to the next time we see each other.”

Prom Project

“For the last couple of years, we partnered with North Texas Community College. We have all these dresses and set up the prom salon.” For a student to receive a prom dress, they must commit to attending counseling sessions. “It’s really awesome. The kids bring their parents, and school counselors show the students how to sign up for sessions.”

The Women’s Auxiliary hosts six proms.  “Salons donate their services to help the girls get their hair done. This year, college girls from North Central Texas College in Gainesville drove all the way from Gainesville to help the girls with hair and make-up.  It’s really, really sweet.”   

The Women’s Auxiliary of CISNT focuses on today’s challenges and tomorrow’s world. Take the chance and become part of the solution, because ALL kids matter.

Visit www.cisnt.org/wise for more info

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