Success Stories

A Trip to the Dentist Kept

Cheyenne In School


Overcoming painful dental problems, low esteem and a difficult home life, Cheyenne is a shining example for overcoming obstacles.


Making Coweta County stronger by coordinating programs, people and

support to keep students engaged, involved and moving toward success.

Communities In Schools surrounds students

with a community of support, empowering them

to stay in school and achieve in life.

Denise Buchanan, CIS Site Coordinator at East Coweta High School, is already making a difference in the lives of EC students by connecting them with programs that assist students with problems ranging from low academic performance to poor attendance, family problems and even poverty.


Denise earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and has spent a large part of her professional career helping families and individuals deal with personal and institutional problems in the healthcare field.


Denise says there are many similarities between social work and her CIS duties. “Once I started, I realized I'd be doing some of the same things and dealing with the same people I already know,” she said. “I expected a steep learning curve but it’s really falling into place.”


East Coweta High School Principal Evan Horton has seen firsthand how student obstacles the public may not be aware of—such as a lack of basic school supplies—can hinder achievement and put students at risk of dropping out. He knows the Communities in Schools program will address many of these needs.


“I couldn’t be happier to have this program at East Coweta,” Horton said. “This is a great resource for students who need support in different areas of life. This gives us one more way to help our students.”


Gina Weathersby, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Coweta, said public reaction to expanding and improving the local program is exciting.


“Coweta County is already known for great schools and CIS will help even more students achieve success,” Weathersby said. “We are ready to go and excited about our mission.”


Dr. Steve Barker, Superintendent of Coweta County Schools, said the CIS program spells good news for local schools and students.


“We are excited about the deeper partnership between East Coweta’s stakeholders and the community that this represents,” Barker said. “As the partnership develops, we look forward to increased student success resulting from the relationships that will be built between East Coweta High School students, faculty and staff, and Mrs. Buchanan. We thank the Communities in Schools board for making this program a reality in our school system.”


Denise and her husband, Richard, currently call Fayette County home, but before moving to Fayette, lived in Senoia for eight years.  Denise was not surprised by the warm reception she received from her new colleagues at East Coweta High.


Evan (Horton) has really made a commitment to the success of this program,” Denise said. “The faculty and staff have been more supportive that I could have hoped for. We have a common goal of helping every student succeed, and working together, I know we’ll do great things.”



ECHS site coordinator attends training in Washington, D.C.


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