The 6th Annual Rome-Floyd Cardboard Challenge will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Aviation Center at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.

* Event set up will be Friday, May 10 from 4 pm – 7 pm (optional).

To register your student(s), please visit:

The Cardboard Challenge is a fun, creativity-stimulating, competitive event that is designed for K-12 students. The Challenge facilitates the incorporation of all the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) elements in an innovative fashion. Materials used have to be 100% recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, plastic bottles or cans.

The two part challenge consists of: the Pre-Build Challenge and the Onsite Build Challenge.

Students will compete in the Traditional Categories of:
 Art (recreate your favorite art piece),
 Arcade Games (make a cool pinball machine!)
 Designer’s Choice (the only limit is your imagination!)

Starting this year, students can compete in the Contemporary Categories of:
 School Pride (put a creative spin on your school mascot)
 Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Game of Thrones anyone?)
 Spring Bling (design a piece relating to Cinco de Mayo or Mother’s Day!)

Community judges will award medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Also, concessions and t-shirts will be available.

For general questions or sponsorship opportunities about the 2019 Cardboard Challenge please call Communities in Schools at 706-802-5740.


The CIS Male Mentor Initiative

Mentoring is an evidence-based strategy which has been proven to have a positive impact on student academic success, attendance, and discipline. Thus, we are offering this special opportunity for men to become Mentors!

Interested males must attend the training which will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 12 -1 pm at the Rome-Floyd Public Library in the Etowah and Oostanaula Rooms.

To register, please visit:

Because this is a special initiative, only the first 50 gentlemen that register will be admitted.

The 50 men trained will serve at any school in the Floyd County School System. 

CIS will cover the associated $40 background check fee in accordance with the training that is necessary to serve as a mentor. Additionally, we will provide each individual with a Mentor Resource Handbook. The session will last approximately 45 minutes.

The registration link will become inactive once the 50 person limit has been reached.

Thank you.                                                                              


Communities in Schools serves Floyd County Schools and Rome City Schools!  

CIS is the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping students in school. We consider collaboration to be our major currency in partnering with organizations and companies to serve our students, our schools, and our community. Far too many young people are not reaching their full potential and goals. And, often times, schools are not equipped to deal with the multi-layered and complex issues of today’s youth. As such, Communities In Schools of Rome-Floyd is here to help!

CIS Mission

The CIS Mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS Vision

The CIS Vision is that all students in Rome and Floyd County will graduate from high school ready for college or work.







The “Community” Aspect of CIS

CIS attempts to build a community of support in schools by placing Site Coordinators in the building. They work in concert with administration, faculty, and staff to address student attendance, behavior, and academic progress which is based on a pre-determined case plan. Additionally, this professional provides school-wide services based on an annual needs assessment.   

Every 26 seconds a student drops out of school.  That equates to about 7,000 a day. Annually, that is approximately 1.2 million students that begin their adult life in a deficient situation. They are many barriers that contribute to this phenomena, several of which relate to non-academic factors.  Following is a sampling of what our Site Coordinators may offer to CIS students:   

Individual and Group Mentoring:  CIS has partnered with reputable community groups like Georgia Power, the 100 Black Men, and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and Omega Psi Phi fraternity to act as mentors for our male and female students.

Parent Involvement: We sponsor events like Donuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms to promote parental involvement and to recruit potential mentors and volunteers. 

Community Service: We place importance on exposing our students to opportunities where they gain an understanding and appreciation for the world around them by providing ways to give back.

Personal Growth and Development: We facilitate students building leadership and life skills, explore career options, attend college fairs and field trips, and participate in shadowing experiences.







Community Partners

CIS could not have thrived over the past 25 years and currently without a substantial amount of community support! Whether it’s in-kind support, grant assistance, or financial donations, these companies and organizations have made it possible for us to do our work for the students in Rome and Floyd County!

100 Black Men of Rome-Northwest Georgia Georgia Northwestern Technical College Kroger Floyd-Gordon     Employer Committee HON Corporation Georgia Highlands College
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Georgia Power Company Logical Systems Publix Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
Floyd County Schools Goodwill Career Center Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome City Schools International Paper