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Amanda Moore, the new executive director at Communities in Schools of Lincoln County.

Communities in Schools of Lincoln County is often referred to as the county’s best-kept secret. The new executive director wants to change that. Amanda Moore was recently installed in this directorship, filling the position vacated by Billy Marsh in June. Marsh has been the director since 2001. Moore has served as program support coordinator for the past three years. She’ll be handling both roles at this time.

“I want to continue in our middle schools,” she said. “We have our site coordinators out there and they do an amazing job. Basically, I want to continue to serve the at-risk youth in Lincoln County. We serve around 2,000 kids a year, helping them reach their potential.”

Moore also wants to get out in the community more. Given that the CIS offices have been relocated to the former Oaklawn Rosenwald School in the Oaklawn community in Lincolnton, she has ample opportunity to do that.

“I want CIS to be well known in the community and for people to know what we do and how we impact the kids in Lincoln County,” she said. “We want the kids to be successful and graduate.”

Hosting more fundraising opportunities and writing grants are two more tasks Moore wants to expand on in her new role. CIS also hosts the annual Be a Hero Lincolnton Comic Con which is a major fundraiser.

Moore graduated from Lincolnton High School and went on to Appalachian State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in human services.

“I always knew when I was in college that I wanted to do something working with people or kids,” she said. “After I graduated from college this was my first job.”

The move to Oaklawn gave the organization more than ample space to do more for the community. Moore has partnered with United Way to offer monthly activities for children in the neighborhood. They’ve also had the YMCA, 4-H, boy scouts, Don Taylor, a master gardener, and others come to share their knowledge with the community. There’s also a teacher resource center with school supplies that teachers can use as needed.

CIS has been the benefactor of two United Way Days of Action. A basketball court, soccer field and pavilion were installed last year. This year, a community garden was put in place.

“As we continue to be over here, I want it to grow into so much more,” Moore said. “We have a lot of land over here, so we have room to host activities. We’ve essentially wrapped out arms around the community.”

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