Breakfast raises money for students

Communities in Schools of Rutherford County holds breakfast fundraiser at FATZ.
Sep. 09, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

Pancakes, bacon and sausage were on the menu at FATZ Saturday morning for the Community in Schools of Rutherford County fundraiser. 

The event was called "Short Stacks for Big Change," and raised money to benefit all of the organization's programs. 

"We've had a decent turnout and everybody seems to be enjoying the breakfast. We have had community members, employees of the public school system and mentors for Communities in Schools that have come out to support the schools through the fundraiser," said Brenda Watson, executive director of CISRC. "And everybody is leaving with full stomachs." 

Tickets for the breakfast were $7 and Watson and other CISRC board members worked as the servers. 

"We are learning a new vocation today. We are taking orders and carrying the food out and we get to see that backside of FATZ, which is really interesting," said Mike Saunders, CISRC board member. "This also gives us the opportunity to talk about Communities in Schools and the value it has to education." 

Saunders said that CISRC is beneficial for all of the schools in the county with its variety of supportive programs like the Backpack Program, mentor program and lunch buddy program. For him the best part about being a member of the organization is getting to mentor the students. 

"I enjoy getting to know the students. We talk to them about how they are doing and are there to support and encourage them through their education," Saunders said. "We are also working on things that will make school fun. Brenda has put together some programs for the students that will hopefully help with that." 

Robert Scheffler, FATZ manager, holds fundraisers at the restaurant every Saturday morning. He said he enjoyed working with the CISRC volunteers and loves being a part of the community.

"I started having the fundraisers when I got here in December. I love it and We want FATZ to be a hometown name," Scheffler said. 

Another supporter of CISRC is North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, who came out and enjoyed some pancakes with her husband Bob Decker who is a member of the CISRC board. 

"It's a wonderful breakfast and I'm really enjoying it. Communities in Schools really does a lot of things that I didn't realize there was a need for until I joined the board. They do the Backpack program, send kids to camp, provide clothing and give them mentors," Bob Decker said. "The way you connect with the kids as a mentor can only help them. A lot of them don't have adults to confide in." 

Jennifer Condrey, teacher at Pinnacle Elementary School, also brought her sons Tanner and Luke Condrey to enjoy the food. 

"I'm a teacher and I see first hand what impact the organization has on the schools with the Backpack program and other things," Condrey said. "So I wanted to come out and support them." 

For more information about Communities in Schools of Rutherford County, like them on Facebook, call 828-288-0228 or email