Communities In Schools Celebrates Expanding Horizons Award Recipient
4 years ago the Expanding Horizons Award was started to recognize a volunteer who has shown consistency, compassion, dedication, and someone who drives the mission Communities In Schools of Moore County (CISMC). The award is presented at CISMC’s annual Thankful Dinner, a celebration of the families and partners CISMC has worked with throughout the year.
Mrs. Tina Arno was recognized as this year’s Expanding Horizons Award recipient at CISMC’s annual Thankful Dinner for her resiliency and dedication to not only the youth she has mentored, but to helping all of the youth and families in Moore County. She not only joins organizations but volunteers for leadership positions within them. In a single moment of speaking with her you immediately feel her passion for every youth to be a successful and productive member of our community.
Originally from Canastota, New York, Mrs. Arno lives in Moore County with her husband. She retired from her school district in New York where she worked in the Business Office for eight years. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two daughters and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Arno has been a mentor with Communities In Schools for 5 years. She mentored her first mentee, Nastoccia, through the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. They spent time doing crafts such as making pot holders and also had their own book club where they would read the same book and then discuss it together. For Nastoccia’s 16th birthday, Mrs. Arno took her to a mall. Mrs. Arno remembers seeing Nastoccia’s eyes light up as they walked inside as Nastoccia said, “This is the best day of my life”. Nastoccia had never been to a mall before. In recounting this memory, tears come to Mrs. Arno’s eyes.
Mrs. Arno captures the essence of what a mentor does: Creating memorable and life changing experiences, not necessarily just for the mentee, but for the mentor as well. Throughout their relationship, Mrs. Arno says she has seen a big change in Nastoccia and understanding there are consequences to her actions. Mrs. Arno and Nastoccia still keep in touch. Nastoccia is now in the 11th grade.
Mrs. Arno is now matched with another young lady as part of the CISMC Community Mentoring Program. Although only beginning this past October, Ty’Onica and Mrs. Arno have enjoyed talking about Ty’Onica’s goal of becoming a Massage Therapist. Mrs. Arno’s goal for all youth is for them to stay in school. Further, she believes that ‘what you do today can affect your opportunities for the future.’
Some of Mrs. Arno’s other affiliations include: board member for CISMC, member of Women of the Pines for 3 years and is Chair of the Finance Committee, member of Newcomer’s of the Pinehurst Area for 5 years and has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, and President, United Way allocation committee for 2 years, member of Chippers at Pinehurst and is in her 3rd year as Event’s Chair, and she is also a new member at Weymouth Center.
Mrs. Tina Arno receives the 2015 Communities In School’s Expanding Horizons award from Executive Director Bryana Nelson.
A special thanks goes to Emmanuel Episcopal Church and to the Southern Middle School Step Team for their thrilling step performance at the CISMC Thankful Dinner.
For more information on CISMC and its programs, please visit www.moorebuddiesmentoring.com or call 910-295-1072.