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Chambersburg Community Improvement Association to dissolve

May 26, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Community Improvement Association (CCIA) will cease operations this year and dissolve Saturday.

The organization will celebrate 47 years of programming at this year's dinner for minority graduating seniors, which will be Saturday at 5 p.m. in the recreation hall of the First Lutheran Church at 43 W. Washington St., according to a news release.

The graduation dinner will serve as the final public function of the CCIA. The organization will dissolve upon completion of its business matters.

The dinner celebrates the achievement of every minority student who graduates from high school in the Chambersburg Area School District.

Tickets will be available at the door for $12.

Originally formed in 1963, under the leadership of the late Donald "Mike" Waters, the organization first focused on assisting minority groups and the economically disadvantaged of all races to help resolve employment and housing issues, the news release stated. Through the years, CCIA supported many programs including tutoring, senior citizen dinners, community food bank, first-time homebuyers, seniors' programs, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest and Celebration.

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In recent years, the focus has been on after-school tutoring and the S.T.E.P. (Striving To Educate People) program, which provides tutoring, encouragement and counseling to help students graduate from high school and succeed in college.

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