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Tutoring Program Sees Positive Results

January 7, 2013

Communities In Schools of Milledgeville/Baldwin County Site Coordinator Christi Tyson is in her second year at Eagle Ridge Elementary School and has seen an increased improvement in students served through a tutoring program.

When Tyson started at Eagle Ridge during the 2011-12 school year, she set up a tutoring program for students receiving CIS services. Each volunteer works with the same student on the same day at the same time, which helps the student develop a trusting relationship with the tutor.

Currently, 80 students receive tutoring from volunteers in subjects such as math and reading. A majority of students who were in the program last school year have returned.  Tyson’s goal is to ensure the students receive the assistance they need while attending Eagle Ridge. “I feel if we can get them at a young age and get them up to grade level they will do so much better in school in the future,” said Tyson.

The tutoring program has shown an improvement in test scores.  Eagle Ridge had the highest test scores in math among the other elementary schools in the school district, and the special education scores went up from 40% to 70%.

D’Asia Gibson, a third grade student at Eagle Ridge enjoys her time with Tyson and the positive impact she brings to the school day.  “When I walk in Mrs. Tyson’s office I just feel so happy,” Gibson said.  “She always helps me with my math, science and reading. “

Tyson understands the importance of the work being done by CIS and her role as a site coordinator.  “I love my job, it is very rewarding,” Tyson said.  “I feel like we are all making a huge difference with these kids.  Eagle Ridge didn’t have this program before I arrived.  It is a great program that gives the students a lot of help and support.”

CIS of Milledgeville/Baldwin County provides a number of initiatives to help at-risk students including the ASPIRE Program, mentors and tutoring among others.

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“What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive….” This quote by Walter Scott perfectly captures the essence of Mark The Magic Man’s new show, “Deception: A Night of Mystery, Magic, and Illusion.”

Mark’s newest creation has been almost a year in the making and will absolutely blow your mind.

“This is something new that no one has ever seen me do before,” says Mark. “I know that some of you came out in years past but this year’s show is bigger and better.”

The show consists of multiple grand illusions, assistants, costume changes, lighting effects, audience participation, etc. It will combine Mark’s comedy, his unique ability to tell heartwarming stories, and his magical appeal with grand illusions. The show has different interludes some serious, some comical, and some emotional.

“This will be the debut performance of the new show,” says Mark.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Communities in Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, which is dedicated to helping students thrive so they can become proud high school graduates. The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

“Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based site coordinator, we strategically align and deliver needed resources that address both academic and nonacademic needs so that students can focus on learning.  Over 3,000 Baldwin County students were helped in some capacity last year … whether it’s tutoring, eyeglasses, food, school uniforms, school supplies, or a safe place to be after school; when needs are met, students can concentrate on learning… that is our goal,” says director Sandy Baxter.

Mark, the Southeast’s most sought after illusionist, will be doing two performances on Saturday — 3 and 7 p.m. Shows will be held in the Baldwin Fine Arts Center, which is located at the Baldwin County High School. Doors for the event will open one hour prior to show times. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, $25 for a family pass (which includes two adults and two kids under 12), $5 for student tickets (must have valid ID), and a $20 VIP ticket (which includes a pre-show meet and greet with Mark and staff in a backstage VIP room, a snack and beverage, a free take home magic trick, and a signed souvenir picture). Tickets can be purchased at these locations: all Baldwin County Schools, Elite School of Gymnastics (Log Cabin Rd), The Chamber of Commerce, The Union-Recorder and at the door the night of performance.

This benefit performance of amazing wizardry is sponsored by Five Star Toyota.

For more information about Mark the Magic Man visit or

For more information, about Communities in Schools call Sandy Baxter at 478-452-3408 or visit .


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