Success Stories

MJ:  MJ, a military brat, came to Fuller PLC to focus on academics and avoid risky behavior at his home high school.  He was reluctant, but his father insisted.  MJ quickly adapted to the smaller learning environment and became a school leader.  He participated in student government, service learning and was class Salutatorian.  He is now attending the Art Institute of Charlotte.

“I think CIS is one of the best drop-out prevention programs across the nation.  CIS gave me the opportunity to intern in DC and Manhattan.  I will receive my BA in Graphic Design next fall and hope to move to New York to work at a graphic design company in lower Manhattan.”

Chaundrika:  Chaundrika had trouble adjusting to middle school and was known as a bully.  Her guidance counselor referred her to CIS, hoping that engaging her in positive activities would help.  The additional guidance changed everything for Chaundrika.  She blossomed; becoming a model student with good grades and a leader in the CIS girls leadership club – “Charmed”.  She is now college bound – taking honors and AP courses and recently inducted into the National Honor Society.

 ALexus:  ALexus is a military student, whose parents are divorced and whose father and stepmother have been deployed.  She was having difficulty adjusting to a new school and the added pressures of deployed parents.  Since joining CIS, she has become confident and more independent, and is now the role model for others in the Charmed Leadership program.  A member of the AG (Academically Gifted) program, she is a model student as well.  “We stress time management and accountability in our program and ALexus is my role model for other students,” said CIS Coordinator Njeri Fikes.

“This program showed me what I am capable of; I am no longer shy and nervous.  I speak out and try to be a role model.  I am excelling in school and made straight A’s this year!”

  • “We are fortunate to have such a strong voice advocating for the students in Cumberland County.”