Cabell County Student Empowerment Team (CCSET) is a standing committee of the Cabell County Family Resource Network (CCFRN).  Our mission is to connect resources to empower students to achieve personal excellence.  By connecting needed resources with students, we encourage them to believe they can achieve greater personal success.

Communication.  Collaboration.  Connections.



2019-2020 School year 

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2020 Cabell FRN Annual Highlights color pdf


2018-2019 School year

2018-2019 Brochure project highlights

Click to download PDF –CCFRN Annual highlights 12-9-19 final


2017-2018 School year

Click to download PDF – 2018 CCSET Newsletter Connections 11-20-18


CCSET connected volunteers to several initiatives to reach 463 students. During the year, we had 40 adults participate whose value of time and resources contributed $12,166. 

Examples include:

  • CCSET coordinated visits of five readers to three elementary schools (Highlawn, Salt Rock and Explorer Academy) on Read to Me Day November 16.
  • CCSET participated in Fall Festival at Highlawn Elementary on November 30 to provide oral health information to the 188 students and families attending.
  • The Young Bankers initiative through Fifth Third Bank worked with 57 Explorer Academy 5th grade students for 10 weeks of class training and then visited Marshall University for their final session on April 17.

Volunteers helped to collect items to meet basic needs.

  • CCSET assisted with promoting and collecting infant to school age pajamas for the February 14 event that River Valley Child Development Services conducted for their After School programs at Guyandotte and Explorer Academy that serves 45 preschool to elementary age students. The Brush Book, Bed materials and Healthy Smile Kits were included for all students.
  • For Spring Hill Elementary, 14 pair of underwear were donated to have on hand for needs as they arise.


The Cabell County Quick Guide developed and updated by Cabell County Family Resource Network is provided to school personnel and families at fun nights and community events and is available for download on the website.

Pathways to Summer Fun Guide

In spring 2018, Pathways to Summer Fun Guide was created. It was a compilation of over twenty fun learning experiences that listed camps, programs, and events for summer enrichment activities. The Cabell Huntington Convention Visitors Bureau partnered with us to print 15,000 copies of the guide for distribution.

Promoting healthy smiles

February was the Children’s Dental Health month campaign.  The Cabell Co. FRN and CCSET used the Brush, Book, Bed Campaign tools, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  It has a simple and clear message for parents: 1)  Each night, help your children to brush their teeth.  2)  Read a favorite book (or two)!  3) Get to bed at a regular time each night.


Spring Hill Elementary Received Captain McFinn Exploring Kindness Kit – CCSET assisted with presentation of the Captain McFinn Exploring Kindness anti-bullying kit donated by the Huntington Mall Marketing Dept. The kit is a comprehensive program designed to help Kindergarten to 3rd grade students practice positive social skills. Anti-bullying materials provide counselors important resources to support character and social development.


CCSET participated in the Girl Power Event on October 26, 2017.  The event focused on personal and cyber safety, healthy relationship and wellness.


Classroom Champions Help Students Improve

The mission of the Classroom Champions is two-fold:  to support students academically in their efforts to work at appropriate grade levels and to be a positive adult in their lives. Classroom Champions are volunteers at Explorer Academy who mentor students and tutor them in reading and math which helps them reach the next academic level. There were 25 Classroom Champions at Explorer Academy last year.

They include kindergarten to 6th grade level because the number of students that are on the grade level “bubble” to bump up from one level to another  maxed out with 25 volunteers to work with 50 students. Also, from the review of student 2017 school achievement levels showed that students with a Classroom Champion had faster gains than students without a       Champion.


2016-2017 School year

Some of the initiatives in the schools include:

  • Classroom Champion tutors at Explorer Academy
  • Anti-Bullying Captain McFinn S.H.A.R.K. Patrol Kit (Students Help Achieve Respect & Kindness) sponsored by Huntington Mall & the Cafaro Corporation awarded to Altizer Elementary School
  • Cabell County Quick Guide distributed through the Cabell County Family Resource Network
  • Oral health resource information shared at Highlawn ElementaryFamily Night
  • Connected local dentists to speak to Explorer Academy Pre-K to 2nd-grade students
  • Supported the field trip of the Explorer Academy Young Bankers Club sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Recruited volunteers for Read to Me Day for Highlawn, Central City and Explorer Academy elementary schools

In-Kind value of community members involved in Events/Activities $7628.30

For more details, see our newsletter highlights.


2015-2016 School year

  • The board met on a monthly basis. Twelve members and guests logged 64.75 hours at an in-kind value of $1310.54*.  The PR Committee met periodically throughout the year and logged in 31.5 hours at an in-kind value of $637.56*.
  • In October 2015, CCFRN-CCSET and Cabell County Board of Education entered into a Memorandum of Agreement outlining the duties of both parties with an automatic renewal clause in the absence of objections from either party.
  • Several community agencies were invited by CCSET on behalf of Martha Elementary and Explorer Academy to participate in their fall open houses.
  • The Classroom Champion initiative has continued to grow at Explorer Academy. At the start of the year, fifteen Champions were matched with twenty-nine children who needed some extra one-on-one tutoring in areas of reading or math.  The Champions logged in 185 hours during the school year equating to $3744.40* in-kind value.
  • CCSET connected River Valley Child Development Center with Explorer Academy to provide an after-school program able to serve fifty students. In addition, 4-H Extension agents were connected to offer 4-H Club activities during the after-school program beginning in January.
  • Six community members were recruited to read to students at six elementary schools on Read to Me Day in November.
  • Fifty students at Explorer Academy participated in the Young Bankers Club (Fifth Third Bank) ten week financial learning experience with a visit to Marshall University. Transportation costs for the visit were provided by CCSET. Eleven volunteer mentors participated in the program.  Approximately 66 community service hours and 20 hours of prep time had an in-kind value of $1740.64.  The bank estimated $1,000 in community development investment.
  • CCSET Director was actively involved in community, school system and state meetings and initiatives, including participation in WV Department of Education Community Schools Stakeholder meeting; member of WV PASS Board and International Association of Invitational Education committee with Cabell County Schools. CCSET was also involved with Stedman Graham’s Messages of Hope presentations at Huntington High School and Cabell County Career Tech Center.
  • Cabell Connect, a resource representing career topics and interests of 30 community members will be introduced to Cabell County teachers when they return in the fall on our website, Updated editions of the Cabell County Quick Guide are always available to schools on the .
  • We continue to focus all our efforts on needs of students with the vision of “a caring community engaged in connecting resources and creating a culture where students believe they can achieve.”

Summary of Documented In-kind Contributions for 2016: Volunteer hours 367.25 and Value of In-kind= $9,033.14 * time – WV value is $20.24


2014-2015 School year

During school year 2014-2015, Communities In Schools of Cabell County decided to begin the process of dissolving its affiliation with the national office and continue as a local standing committee of the Cabell County Family Resource Network. The committee has worked diligently over the last twelve months to develop a new identity as the Cabell County Student Empowerment Team, with a revised mission and vision to continue to connect resources to benefit students in Cabell County schools.

Cabell County Student Empowerment Team had a presence in ten schools, including Peyton, Cox Landing, Davis Creek, Highlawn, and Geneva Kent Elementary; Huntington, and Huntington East Middle; Huntington and Cabell Midland High Schools, and Cabell County Career and Technical Center. There were 673.5 hours donated from board members, Marshall Students, and community organizations valued at almost $13,632.00. (This figure is based on WV 2014 value of a volunteer hour at $20.24/hour as determined by the Independent Sector.)  Partner resources that we connected include:

  • Anti-bullying materials, Students Helping Achieve Respect and Kindness (SHARK), valued at $300 each were placed in Peyton and Cox Landing Elementary schools through a relationship with the Huntington Mall. The schools had the discretion of using the materials with grades K-3.
  • Highlawn Elementary School enhanced their after school program through a $250 award sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.   The award enabled 49 students who participated in the after-school extended day program to learn about the art of pottery making and how many people express themselves through their art work.
  • The art program at Huntington High and the music program at Cox Landing and Davis Creek Elementary received $250 awards to offer new opportunities to their students from the Huntington Music and Arts Festival.
  • Nineteen fifth graders participated in the Young Bankers program at Peyton Elementary and fifty students participated from Geneva Kent Elementary. Fifth Third Bank estimated the value of that program to $5222 in-kind service for volunteers (15 volunteer mentors logged approximately 262 hours at both schools); estimated community development investment $2,000.
  • Classroom Champions continued to tutor students at Peyton. (129 hours were documented at the school).   Fifteen adult tutors worked with twenty-two students and nineteen fifth graders benefited from four tutors coming to their class one day per week beginning in February. CCSET was able to introduce the program to ten students at Geneva Kent through the efforts of one of our board members to recruit five Classroom Champions. Three of them began working with ten students beginning March 9. We anticipate the number of Classroom Champions growing when the two schools merge in the fall of 2015.
  • Through the community service relationship with Marshall University, four student tutored students at Cabell Midland High School (a minimum of 40 hours were reported). Two students did extended community service projects between February and May (signed documents with the university report 180 hours of volunteer service for each student). They prepared marketing materials and added frequent Facebook posts supporting community themes. They also planned and ran a food drive to benefit the two middle and high school food pantries. An assorted variety of 200 food items were delivered to Huntington Middle, Huntington East Middle, Huntington High and Cabell Midland High school on May 4.

The Public Relations/Resource Development Committee continued to focus on marketing efforts of CCSET.   A new logo was designed by students in the Graphic Arts class at the Tech center and a brochure and new website was launched in the spring. The students were recognized at a breakfast sponsored by CCSET in December at the Center.

The Cabell Connect initiative, a teacher resource for Cabell County teachers continued to move forward.  This resource for teachers requested by Superintendent Smith and his staff is an ongoing project.  Our goal is to have 50-75 community applications in the data base and 40-50 teacher responses for speakers during the 2015-16 school year.