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2019 Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Profiles

2019 SCHOOL PARTNERS OF THE YEAR

ACE Academy

Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee

In the Principal’s words: “Their dedication to serving the needs of our school community is inspiring and noteworthy.  The Northside grants have been instrumental in assisting our school in obtaining life-saving AEDs for our school clinic and gymnasium, as well as other equipment and supplies. Northside Hospital Cherokee’s dedication to the primary and preventive health of our school ultimately benefits the entire community as a whole.”

Congratulations, Northside Hospital Cherokee!

 

Arnold Mill Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Target at Woodstock Square

In the Principal’s words: “Target’s involvement in our school is deserving of recognition because of the generous amount that they have given us this year to support our Teacher of the Month program.  Also, Target’s willingness to help support a specific family having a significant crisis by providing gift certificates demonstrates their dedication to help our students.”  

Congratulations, Target at Woodstock Square!

 

Avery Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Alfa Insurance - Brad Crawford Agency

In the Principal’s words: “This year, the Brad Crawford Agency brought the ‘Kindness Revolution’ program to our school.  It teaches positive behavior, with an emphasis on kindness, in order to reduce the persistent issue of bullying.  The program has been embraced by out students, faculty, staff, parents and community.  Through his involvement, he will be helping children continue the practice of kindness into adulthood and impact future generations.”

Congratulations, Alfa Insurance - Brad Crawford Agency!

 

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy

Partner of the Year: Ball Ground Police Department

In the Principal’s words: “The Ball Ground Police Department has been an extremely active and dedicated partner with our school.  The officers are always present at school functions… and most every morning: rain, shine or freezing cold, Chief Bryon Reeves is assisting at car-rider duty.  They are committed to assisting and supporting our students, both in the classroom and throughout the community.”

Congratulations, Ball Ground Police Department!

 

Bascomb Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Keller Williams Realty Partners - The Jenny and Penny Team

In the Principal’s words: “Penny has gone above and beyond… providing gift bags for faculty and staff, running an arts and crafts booth at the Cookies and Cocoa with Santa PTA event, providing the staff with snacks for faculty meetings and donations for PTA events.  She “adopted” CCSD children in need to give them a special Christmas, and she makes a donation of $200 to the school when a home is sold to a staff or family member through her team.” 

Congratulations, Keller Williams Realty Partners - The Jenny and Penny Team!

 

Boston Elementary School

Partner of the Year: New Victoria Baptist Church

In the Principal’s words: “They graciously offer up their time and resources to help support staff, students and families in our community. They volunteer their time to host events to appreciate our staff and provide student and family support and contributions.  The Church also has agreed to spearhead a monthly reading program for members to come and read to students. For more than 17 years, they’ve never waivered in their commitment to serving Boston and its surrounding community.”

Congratulations, New Victoria Baptist Church!

 

Carmel Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Oink, Cackle & Moo BBQ

In the Principal’s words: “Jeremy Powell is very supportive of Carmel and the teachers and staff.  He provides food for the fourth-grade Colonial Day and for the PTA fall festival.  He also provides food for teacher appreciation and other staff lunches.  He is often seen around campus, and he jumps in to help whenever needed.  He makes sure teachers and staff know that their efforts are appreciated.”

Congratulations, Oink, Cackle & Moo BBQ!

 

CCSD Preschool Centers – Johnston Preschool Center

Partner of the Year: Soleil Charity Committee

In the Principal’s words: “The members of the Soleil Charity Committee are passionate partners and volunteers.  The Club has been working with preschool for several years providing monetary donations to support a variety of resources to enhance our playgrounds, classrooms and materials for special projects for students and teachers.  They continuously partner with our preschool and are extremely important to its success.”

Congratulations, Soleil Charity Committee!

 

CCSD Preschool Centers - Ralph Bunche Center

Partner of the Year: Christian Egner Foundation

In the Principal’s words: “The Foundation donates monetary funds raised from its Smile Run to the preschool in memory of Christian Egner for literacy and adaptive equipment needs.  The Foundation is a valuable part of our preschool, as they seek to support the students and faculty to help students achieve their learning potential.”

Congratulations, Christian Egner Foundation!

 

Cherokee High School

Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A at Riverstone

In the Principal’s words: “Chick-fil-a at Riverstone is always one call away.  They provide us with any needs we have for hospitality reasons, form sweet tea to chicken biscuits.  Without a doubt, the most outstanding contribution they make is providing our Student Leadership Team the opportunity to take part in the year-long Chick-fil-A Leaders Academy.  This tremendous program helps build leaders and provides them opportunities for service projects.”

Congratulations, Chick-fil-A at Riverstone!

 

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy

Partner of the Year: YANMAR Evo Center

In the Principal’s words: “Whether coming to the school to be guest speakers, collaborating with teachers to create field trips, or hosting events in their venue for team and culture building.  Yanmar has consistently supported Clark Creek in a variety of fun and innovative ways.  We are so grateful for their willingness to work as a partner for any projects designed to make our school a better place to learn, work and help promote community strength.”    

Congratulations, YANMAR Evo Center!

 

Clayton Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Help A Child Ministry

In the Principal’s words: “As a small school, our resources are limited.  There is not a budget line for the child without a snack or school supplies or the parent who needs Christmas assistance. William Weaver, and Help a Child Ministry, step up in these situations. He goes above and beyond simply writing a check or making a donation… and will go into the community to rally support.  We cannot thank him and his ministry enough.”

Congratulations, Help A Child Ministry!

 

Creekland Middle School

Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee

In the Principal’s words: “This past year, we organized out first annual 5K Color Run to raise money to help support the students and school.  We could not have done this without the support of Northside.  When we were in need, they did not hesitate to see what we needed to make this fundraiser successful.  Not only did they provide water bottles and towels for all runners, they also partnered with us with their Daily Endorphin Challenge.”

Congratulations, Northside Hospital Cherokee!

 

Creekview High School

Partner of the Year: Woodmont Golf & Country Club

In the Principal’s words: “Joe Matheny and Woodmont Golf & Country Club have far exceeded anything we could have imagined in our first year of a true business relationship with Creekview High School.  In addition to providing access for our golf and tennis programs, Woodmont will host the GHSA AAAAAA State Golf Championships in May, and will be providing Creekview with more than $25,000 this year in cash and good and services.”

Congratulations, Woodmont Golf & Country Club!

 

Dean Rusk Middle School

Partner of the Year: Russell Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

In the Principal’s words: “Russell Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry has been a partner with Dean Rusk Middle School for seven years.  Each year, Dr. Russell contributes a substantial amount of money toward the purchase of student agendas.  He recognizes this tool helps students with structure and organization.  Dr. Russell is helping to provide a level of structure that contributes to the success of our students.”

Congratulations, Russell Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry!

 

E.T. Booth Middle School

Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm

In the Principal’s words: “The Premier Group has been our most consistent business partner and keeps in regular contact with E.T. Booth.  They understand how busy we are, so they make the effort to reach out to us to see what we need rather than waiting for us to reach out to them.  They are very supportive and respectful of the needs of our staff and school.”

Congratulations, The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

 

Etowah High School

Partner of the Year: GAMEDAY Fresh Grill

In the Principal’s words: “Bud Dees and the whole team at Gameday have demonstrated a strong commitment to be willing and able to help our school.  They are often called upon to host an event and always treat our staff and students in a professional manner.  They provide great discounts and free products… and they go beyond by sponsoring an award for Etowah students.”

Congratulations, GAMEDAY Fresh Grill!

 

Free Home Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America

In the Principal’s words: “It is Garth Gherardini’s benevolent spirit that makes him such a wonderful partner. Through their Matching Fund program, he provided funds to our media center.  Each year, Garth names one of our staff members a Hometown Hero and presents a $100 gift to the school.  He also has been a valuable resource for our school nurse and clinic… provided snacks for students… and breakfast and gifts for staff.”

Congratulations, Modern Woodmen of America!

 

Freedom Middle School

Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm

In the Principal’s words: “Partnering with The Premier Group has strengthened the positive culture in and around our community.  During our faculty meetings, they shower our faculty in the form of breakfast and gifts… they provide donations for faculty that are used in our monthly raffles, which assists with our positive school culture amongst our faculty and trickles down to our student body.  We are beyond blessed to call them a partner.”

Congratulations, The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

 

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy

Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton

The Rotary Club of Canton is a past CCSD overall Partner of the Year Award winner.

In the Principal’s words: “The support and active participation of the Rotary Club of Canton has been a valuable addition.  We are so blessed by the time they devote to our students, as well as innovative projects they support. The Rotary Club believes in serving the most at-risk students and families and is our biggest sponsor, both through monetary donations and their continuous support in and out of the classroom.”

Congratulations, Rotary Club of Canton!

 

Hickory Flat Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents

In the Principal’s words: “Three Sisters Gifts has been a beacon of light in the Hickory Flat community for almost 20 years.  They, along with their families, have been investing in our school for a long time.  They are platinum sponsors of our PTA, continually provide gift cards for teacher appreciation, and are an invaluable part of our fall family picnic.  The three sisters are truly a limitless supply of goodness and light.”

Congratulations, Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents!

 

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy

Partner of the Year: City of Holly Springs

In the Principal’s words: “The City of Holly Springs’ involvement with our school is extraordinary because they go above and beyond by supporting our community.  The police department directs traffic each morning and afternoon, rain or shine… the students begin and end their day with an officer present… and they have a great presence in the school during the day as well as at school events.”

Congratulations, City of Holly Springs!

 

Indian Knoll Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee

In the Principal’s words: “Owner Terri Miramonti has been involved with Indian Knoll over the last four years.  One Friday a month from August to October and March to May, Kona comes to the school for Kona Ice Day fundraisers.  While Kona is on campus, they offer free Kona Ice to all teachers, staff and cafeteria workers. She also brought a smile to their faces by making over our family living suite/teacher’s lunchroom.”

Congratulations, Kona Ice of Cherokee!

 

Johnston Elementary School

Partner of the Year: The ONE Taekwondo Center

In the Principal’s words: “Master Kim and The ONE Taekwondo Center provide more than an after-school activity for our students.  Their specialized care and training assist children in honing their patience, strength, stamina and physical abilities.  These defined abilities often contribute to students being more attentive, focused learners in the classroom.”

Congratulations, The ONE Taekwondo Center!

 

Knox Elementary School STEM Academy

Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team

In the Principal’s words: “We appreciate the vision of bringing monies back to the schools through his Education First Fund program and have received donations this year from both teachers and families who have used this Realtor group. Dr. Keith Ingram is available any time and always willing to listen to any needs that we may have.”

Congratulations, EF2 Realty Team!

 

Liberty Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

In the Principal’s words: “Shottenkirk is always looking for opportunities to serve our students, school and staff.  One way: This year, Shottenkirk provided our school with T-shirts for every student and staff member to honor our achievement of being named a National School of Character and continuing our #BeKind Initiative (totaling $7,000).  It is a pleasure to partner with Shottenkirk and a complement to our role as a community school focused on kindness and character.”

Congratulations, Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

 

Little River Elementary School

Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team

In the Principal’s words: “The EF2 Team has been wonderful to our school.  Each time a staff or community member purchases or sells a home with them, EF2 donates $500 to our school.  They have raised $3,500 that has enabled us to purchase 32 new laptops.  They have provided breakfast for teachers… lunch for students and a homebuying seminar for parents.  We are very thankful for all they do!”

Congratulations, EF2 Realty Team!

 

Macedonia Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Stevi B's Pizza Buffet at Riverstone

In the Principal’s words: “As a brand-new partner, Stevi B’s and April Gouldthread have been very willing and enthusiastic to help our school.  They host a spirit night every other month, giving the homeroom with the highest attendance a pizza party.  When called upon to provide pizzas for special events, April has been so helpful.” 

Congratulations, Stevi B's Pizza Buffet at Riverstone!

 

Mill Creek Middle School

Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee

In the Principal’s words: “Without the help of Northside Hospital Cherokee, the school clinic would not be able to have many of the medical supplies which fall outside its budget.  Through their continual involvement, we acquired a new digital blood pressure monitor, an ice machine, and wall hand sanitizers to place throughout the school.  Northside supports our school-based efforts to keep students healthy so they can learn and thrive.”

Congratulations, Northside Hospital Cherokee!

 

Mountain Road Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park

In the Principal’s words: “Josh’s involvement is extraordinary because he truly has the heart of a servant leader.  He begins every conversation asking how our staff and students are doing and what he can do to help.  He was eager to help us in recognizing and supporting good character and appropriate behavior by providing free jump passes. We are so thankful for his partnership and his support.”

Congratulations, Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park!

 

Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy

Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm

In the Principal’s words: “Beth Choppa and The Premier Group are not just partners, they are family at Oak Grove!  They support our faculty, students, parents, PTA, school and campus.  They provide snacks and drinks for faculty meetings… Woodstock Bucks for our Teachers of the Month… sponsor needy families at Christmas and make donations for our school projects and family-involvement activities.  We appreciate them and value their partnership!”

Congratulations, The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

 

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy

Partner of the Year: Bethel Tabernacle Church

In the Principal’s words: “Amid our worry of being able to keep up with the current Brave Café backpack food program with the addition of more than 550 new students to our school, the church came to us over the summer with the offer to help take it off our hands and run it themselves through the help of their congregation.  On their own they purchase items, pack them into bags and deliver the bags to be passed out to 75 students each Friday.  These bags ensure no child will go hungry over the weekend.”

Congratulations, Bethel Tabernacle Church!

 

River Ridge High School

Partner of the Year: Georgia Army National Guard

In the Principal’s words: “The Georgia Army National Guard and Sgt. First Class Darrell Shelnut and Sgt. Jonathon Rountree go out of their way to engage and interact with our students on a monthly basis and are always asking for additional opportunities to serve our students. They also demonstrate that they value our teaching staff by offering them desk calendars and office supplies, as well as an endless supply of coffee.”

Congratulations, Georgia Army National Guard!

 

Sequoyah High School

Partner of the Year: Corporate Office Furniture & Panels, Inc.

In the Principal’s words: “Patrick Locke did not need to do what he did for Sequoyah, but what he did, he wanted to do.  His company sells office furniture, and when Sequoyah’s main office was redesigned and new furniture was needed, not only did he offer a variety of options – he donated the furniture. Every day, parents, students and community members come to the school and talk about how nice the front office looks, and Mr. Locke played a huge part.”

Congratulations, Corporate Office Furniture & Panels, Inc.!

 

Sixes Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America

In the Principal’s words: “Garth Gherardini works extremely hard to give back to the Sixes community.  He provides a ‘morale boost’ station for teachers during lunch on special occasions… and gives back to our teachers through the “Hometown Hero” award and matching grants. The humble and selfless way that he approaches our school is a true testament that his heart is in it to make our students’ and staff’s lives much better.”

Congratulations, Modern Woodmen of America!

 

Teasley Middle School

Partner of the Year: Woodstock City Church

In the Principal’s words: “Woodstock City Church has donated to our school so abundantly this year in monetary donations as well as school supplies.  With our population and being a Title I school, this helps us out so much.  But they don’t just give to Teasley, they have donated to many of our schools and organizations where donations are such a blessing for children and families.”

Congratulations, Woodstock City Church!

 

Tippens Education Center

Partner of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club

In the Principal’s words: “The Club has been very supportive with helping our school buy reinforcers for our students who have earned positive behavior points.  Without these rewards, students may not choose to alter their behavior.  The end result is a student who now has a positive track record… and this forward momentum continues for the student long after.  We are very grateful for the kindness and support from the Optimist Club.”

Congratulations, Laurel Canyon Optimist Club!

 

Woodstock Elementary School

Partner of the Year: Sojourn Community Church

In the Principal’s words: “Sojourn Church plays a very large role in the volunteer efforts of our school and are dedicated partners in education.  Every Tuesday, you’ll find them at the Woodstock Public Library supporting and assisting with our homework club and providing transportation to students who otherwise would not be able to attend.  They also have provided a back-to-school luncheon for teachers and staff… a post-planning party… and are a continual supporter always willing to help when called upon.”

Congratulations, Sojourn Community Church!

 

Woodstock High School

Partner of the Year: Cherokee Insurance Center

In the Principal’s words: “Jeff Wilbur goes out of his way each and every month to make sure we have what we need to continue the Faculty Member of the Month and Staff Member of the Month programs.  He also goes above and beyond when asked for donations to support other activities on campus… like providing staff with unlimited tacos when we had a food truck in December.  He never asks for anything in return. He truly wants to do what is best for teachers.”

Congratulations, Cherokee Insurance Center!

 

Woodstock Middle School

Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm

In the Principal’s words: “The Premier Group is there for us.  They always reach out to see what is needed and work to find a way to provide it. They provide snacks, supplies and encouragement to the faculty and staff… who especially like the Woodstock Bucks given away at faculty meetings.  They always show up with a big smile, a listening ear and a giving heart to support us.”

Congratulations, The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

 

 

2019 SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

Arnold Mill Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Cecilia Marin

In the Principal’s words: “From the first time we met her, we knew that her warm personality held a kind and generous heart.  She is always willing to give her time in support of all students.  She allows herself to become the teacher’s right-hand man by taking on the tasks that free the teacher to focus on students and the classroom. She will not stop until the job is done, even if it takes longer than planned.”

Congratulations, Cecilia Marin!

 

Avery Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Sandy Kreh

In the Principal’s words: “Sandy is the media center’s lead volunteer, and her work in the library is invaluable.  She regularly plans and decorates the library’s display windows, helps students with their checkouts, shelves books, assists students who need help locating books and works every book fair.  Sandy loves her work in the library, and the students love her for it.”

Congratulations, Sandy Kreh!

 

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Carolyn Timcoe

Ms. Timcoe is a past winner of CCSD’s overall Volunteer of the Year Award.

In the Principal’s words: “Ms. Carolyn, as she’s affectionately known at the school, volunteers every single day in our media center.  The amazing part is that she’s been volunteering in our media center for the past seven years.  Her efforts allow our media specialist time to plan well-thought-out lessons that are engaging and meaningful.  She truly loves our school, and we could not ask for a more dedicated, caring and compassionate volunteer.”

Congratulations, Carolyn Timcoe!

 

Bascomb Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Flannery

In the Principal’s words: “There is no end to Jennifer’s generosity.  She spent numerous hours over a semester planning, creating, painting, staging and detailing a new hands-on interactive science lab for our students.  She leads Girl Scout Troop 14655, which designed, built and maintains a Little Free Library on the campus.  She planned our Veterans Day breakfast and program.  She says ‘yes’ to virtually anything we ask of her.”

Congratulations, Jennifer Flannery!

 

Boston Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Lori Burton

In the Principal’s words: “Beginning at the moment of her appointment as 2018-19 PTA President, Ms. Burton has thrown herself whole-heartedly into her role.  She is constantly brainstorming new ideas and collaborating with others to best meet the school’s needs.  She has been an invaluable part of our PTA, and we are very grateful to have her on board.”

Congratulations, Lori Burton!

 

Carmel Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Amy Hagan

In the Principal’s words: “From dropping off donuts to running out for lunch if someone needs it, or filling in in the front office when we are short-handed, nothing is beneath Ms. Hagan.  She is an active participant with PTA, and she always puts the best interest of Carmel first.  She often will just show up with lunch for the office or baked goods for the staff.  We are lucky to have her.”

Congratulations, Amy Hagan!

 

CCSD Preschool Center – Johnston Preschool Center

Volunteer of the Year: CCSD Transition Academy

In the Principal’s words: “CCSD Transition Academy students are a valuable part of the preschool volunteer program, as they seek to serve the students with their time and skills.  The children are delighted to see the ‘big kids’ every week.  The Academy students help preschool with fun activities.  We are very thankful for all they do.”

Congratulations, CCSD Transition Academy!

 

CCSD Preschool Center - Ralph Bunche Center

Volunteer of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club

In the Principal’s words: “The Optimist Club provides many volunteer hours and monetary donations each year to support the children and teachers at Ralph Bunche.  The members offer their personal time and energy for many events such as story time and “make-and-take” projects.  Whenever there is an event at Ralph Bunche, we can count on the Optimist Club to volunteer.”  

Congratulations, Laurel Canyon Optimist Club!

 

Cherokee High School

Volunteer of the Year: Ginny Harden

In the Principal’s words: “Ginny gives so much of her time to Cherokee!  She volunteers weekly in one of the busiest offices and is always pleasant, no matter how crazy the day.  She became involved while her daughter was a student and has remained involved even after she graduated.  She not only spends hours in the attendance office, she also helps with cheer as president of the varsity cheer booster club.”

Congratulations, Ginny Harden!

 

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Denise Mason

In the Principal’s words: “Although she works a full-time job, Ms. Mason still comes in several days a week to help do anything that needs to be done.  She helps with labor-intensive projects like the holiday shop and book fair… she helps the PTA and the front office… she helps her son’s teacher as well as other teachers.  She never complains and is always happy to help.”

Congratulations, Denise Mason!

 

Clayton Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Susan Williamson

In the Principal’s words: “Susan Williamson had a long, distinguished career in education and could easily relax into retirement… but she believes in staying active and encouraging others to be active, also. Every Clayton teacher, student and volunteer knows Susan and looks to her for assistance and, often, guidance.  Her willingness and dedication are simply because she loves education and Clayton Elementary, which is why we love her in return.”

Congratulations, Susan Williamson!

 

Creekland Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: Creekland Middle School PTSA

In the Principal’s words: “With the transition of each new member at the end of last school year, the current Board has brought in some wonderful ideas to help support our students, staff and community.  This year alone, the PTSA facilitated a 5K Color Run raising $12,000, implemented a basic needs and toy drive for the first annual Spirit of the Season… volunteered, provided staff thank-you lunches and coordinated school dances. They work together, collectively, to ensure all of our needs are met.”

Congratulations, Creekland Middle School PTSA!

 

Creekview High School

Volunteer of the Year: Joe Greene

In the Principal’s words: “Joe Greene is, without question, one of the true pillars of the Creekview High School baseball program. He was our first booster club president and is now in his 14th year in the position.  He handles any problem or situation that occurs, works in the concession stand, fixes anything that needs attention… and is Creekview’s biggest fan, who truly bleeds green and blue.”

Congratulations, Joe Greene!

 

Dean Rusk Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Tucker

In the Principal’s words: “When Kathy Tucker volunteers to help with an event, the job gets done.  She is very involved with the Band program, and a very professional, organized, team player.  She shows initiative, while still supporting the plan set in place by the school and band director.  For Ms. Tucker to make herself available and help with every band event is worthy of recognition.”

Congratulations, Kathy Tucker!

 

E.T. Booth Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: Susan Honea

In the Principal’s words: “Susan is at E.T. Booth almost every day volunteering her time.  She serves on the PTSA executive board as well as the School Council, and also is heavily involved with our band and chorus programs serving as a parent liaison. She is a powerfully supportive voice in the community.  We have come to rely upon her as an important part of our leadership team.”

Congratulations, Susan Honea!

 

Etowah High School

Volunteer of the Year: Michael Beck

In the Principal’s words: “Michael is in the film industry and has utilized his talents, time and equipment to help Etowah in several endeavors.  One way he does this is that he comes out and films the coaches, kids and fans outside of just the football game and provides them with a film at the end of the season.  True charity is giving and not expecting anything in return.  I believe that Michael is an excellent example of true charity.”

Congratulations, Michael Beck!

 

Free Home Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Sherry Wallace

In the Principal’s words: “For Ms. Wallace, ‘good enough’ is never good enough.  Her attention to detail is unmatched, and her positive attitude is contagious.  As PTA Vice President, I have seen her resolve conflicts and handle other difficult situations with remarkable patience and consideration for all involved.  She is one of the most selfless individuals I have ever met. She is a true example of ‘loving your neighbor,’ and we consider ourselves fortunate she has chosen to share her love with us.”

Congratulations, Sherry Wallace!

 

Freedom Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Spears

In the Principal’s words: “Theresa has a strong work ethic and does not wait to be told something needs to be done.  This is evident in the countless hours she spends in the media center throughout the year.  The fall and spring book fairs become a full-time job for her during those six days.  As proof of her dedication, she has already said she will continue to be a part of our school next year even though it’s a ‘gap year’ for her without a child here.”

Congratulations, Theresa Spears!

 

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Francisco Quintana

In the Principal’s words: “Mr. Quintana doesn’t have children in the school, but his wife came to work as a lunchroom manager in August.  When she shared with him the needs the children and staff had, he came into the school and offered to be a volunteer. He comes into school from 9:30 to 2 each day.  When we have a break, he comes in saying ‘I missed being here.’  He is heaven-sent!” 

Congratulations, Francisco Quintana!

 

Hickory Flat Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Sheila Zeigler

In the Principal’s words: “Sheila is a teacher’s dream come true as she serves the role of room mom.  Because she is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that every classroom is properly cared for, all students benefit.  She also spearheads the Hospitality Committee and has done so for five years.  Most importantly, Sheila’s servant heart serves as an example to us all.”

Congratulations, Sheila Zeigler!

 

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Catherine Shook

In the Principal’s words: “She is recognized by our school for the invaluable work she has done for our students and families.  Ms. Shook has contributed tireless hours to working with and serving as PTA President.  She is at the school several days a week working on bulletin boards, planning and coordinating fundraisers and looking for ways to assist the school, students, family and community.”

Congratulations, Catherine Shook!

 

Indian Knoll Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Christine Dagostino

In the Principal’s words: “Christine loves helping other people find ways to use their own natural talents and interests to engage and give back to the community while involving their whole family. An example is knowing that a parent has a production career, she successfully encouraged her, with her two boys, to create a commercial for our school talent show. Indian Knoll owes tremendous thanks to her!”

Congratulations, Christine Dagostino!

 

Johnston Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Khrista Sargenski

In the Principal’s words: “Our school wouldn’t be the same without the time, effort, care and concern Khrista showers on us. She was in charge of coordinating our Red Ribbon Week activities, and her husband, a firefighter, dressed up as Sparky the Fire Dog and greeted students at the beginning of the day to kick off the week.  She serves as a room parent, and has a smile for everyone.”

Congratulations, Khrista Sargenski!

 

Knox Elementary School STEM Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Pam Sheldon

In the Principal’s words: “Pam’s countless hours of volunteering, her consistency and her dedication are top-notch! Pam does anything that is given to her with a happy heart.  One of the greatest gifts that you can give is time, and she is always willing to give it.  She has three children of her own, but when she is at Knox, she is a school mother to all.” 

Congratulations, Pam Sheldon!

 

Liberty Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Sharmaine Christie

In the Principal’s words: “Ms. Christie projects to the students’ understanding of what ‘Be That Person’ is all about, as she contributes to our positive school culture through her actions within our school and out in the community.  She is vice president of the PTA and in charge of many PTA committees.  She works closely with out Partners in Education, and you will see her volunteering every day either in the media center, front office or in the classroom.” 

Congratulations, Sharmaine Christie!

 

Little River Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Scott Steinbrenner

In the Principal’s words: “In my eyes, Scott is what a volunteer means and stands for because, if you need him, he is there in a moment’s notice.  He started the Eagle Eye Dad’s Club… he’s been a member of the PTA Board for years… he’s led Donuts for Dads... he’s very instrumental in getting volunteers… and he’s always laughing.  I wish we could clone him!”

Congratulations, Scott Steinbrenner!

 

Macedonia Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Robin and Alan Wallman

In the Principal’s words: “The one word that can be used to best describe them is dedicated.  Not long ago, a close relative was very sick and required much of their time and attention.  Through this stressful time in their lives, they continued to keep their Friday media center volunteer time commitment.  They’re known as the ‘dynamic duo,’ and they are grandparents with giving hearts.”

Congratulations, Robin and Alan Wallman!

 

Mill Creek Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: Mary Ogg

In the Principal’s words: “Mrs. Ogg enjoyed many years of successful employment and could now easily sit at home enjoying retirement.  Instead, she chooses to donate two full days of her week to CCSD schools.  She is a valuable volunteer in both our media center and Johnston Elementary’s, as she steps in and assists in the day-to-day operations. She readily completes any task given to her and interacts positively with both staff and students.”

Congratulations, Mary Ogg!

 

Mountain Road Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Heather Crachi

In the Principal’s words: “Heather volunteers weekly in multiple classrooms, and the students get excited when it’s their turn to work with her because she builds them up with positive words.  She also is the copy mom for multiple grade levels… plans amazing class parties... and randomly surprises staff members with treats. When I told her that she was being nominated for this honor, she asked me not to.  I had to convince her to let me do this because she so deserves the recognition.”

Congratulations, Heather Crachi!

 

Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Katherine Freeman

In the Principal’s words: “Mrs. Freeman’s involvement is exceptional because she so willingly gives of herself.  She gives her time, her talents, her positive attitude, and her love and dedication to our school.  She uses her creative talent to decorate our school… assists in the media center and classrooms…makes copies… lights up our school… and never seeks recognition.”

Congratulations, Katherine Freeman!

 

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy

Volunteer of the Year: Debra Smith

In the Principal’s words: “Debra loves joining classes and leading standards-based lessons on the many places she has been and many things she has seen as a retired flight coordinator for the lead of the Coca-Cola Company.  Her devotion does not stop there, as she spends two days a week mentoring students needing extra reading instruction as well as supporting teachers in the classroom.  She is the type of volunteer that every school desires!”

Congratulations, Debra Smith!

 

River Ridge High School

Volunteer of the Year: Roy Blackwell

In the Principal’s words: “It’s rare to have such an active dad in PTSA, but Roy serves as first vice president, plans and organizes PTSA events, and gives the dad perspective on everything we plan.  His heart is 10 times the size of everyone else’s, and he’s been recognized by the CBS Surprise Squad for being so helpful to his neighbors.  Anytime help is needed, all I have to do is call Roy!” 

Congratulations, Roy Blackwell!

 

Sequoyah High School

Volunteer of the Year: Monica Orrico

In the Principal’s words: “Monica is always looking to give back to Sequoyah.  She serves as president or PTA, secretary for School council, makes copies for teachers, organizes a weekly biscuit sale to raise funds for teacher grants, organizes teacher tailgate and Taco Tuesday luncheons. We cannot think of someone more giving of her time, who asks for nothing in return.”

Congratulations, Monica Orrico!

 

Sixes Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Alyssa Cheek

In the Principal’s words: “Alyssa serves in each of her four girls’ classrooms and is very active in our PTA.  And she has become known around Sixes as the best cupcake baker of all time.  And she doesn’t just make them for her children’s classes… she makes them for the entire staff. Despite her busy life as a mom of four, she finds time to be at Sixes for PTA events, no matter if it’s set-up, clean-up, selling cotton candy or manning the go-fish booth.”

Congratulations, Alyssa Cheek!

 

Teasley Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: David Harrison

In the Principal’s words: “Mr. Harrison, a retired CCSD music educator, has changed the course and trajectory of our school music program through both his interaction with students and his advice to directors. He never misses a day and demonstrates commitment to our students.  When we told him about a student in need who needed a trumpet, he organized a collection, and ended up donating seven trumpets to provide for that student and others.  We can think of no better person to honor.”

Congratulations, David Harrison!

 

Tippens Education Center

Volunteer of the Year: Teddye Holloway

In the Principal’s words: “Mrs. Holloway has been a wonderful advocate for our school. She has made making sure our learning environment is fun and colorful her personal mission.  She makes sure our students have what they need and most of what they would like to have.  This year, she worked with her church to get our students a mobile art cart.  Her dedication to our students and teachers has made Tippens a better place to learn and work.”

Congratulations, Teddye Holloway!

 

Woodstock Elementary School

Volunteer of the Year: Barry White

In the Principal’s words: “Barry serves as lead Watch DOGS volunteer, a position which makes a positive impact on children by volunteering countless hours in an amazing one-of-a-kind program. On a typical day volunteering, he may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, and assist with traffic.  There is no doubt he can always be counted on when volunteers are needed.”

Congratulations, Barry White!

 

Woodstock High School

Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock High School Band Dads

In the Principal’s words: “These parents devote many hours to perform work that is often very physical – getting everything it takes to operate a marching band from point A to point B and then back to point A when we’re done -- in environmental conditions that aren’t always pleasing: sweltering heat and sometimes heavy rain.  They do this with a great attitude.  They do it extremely well.  They are an integral part of the program that allows us to represent our school to the highest level.”

Congratulations, Woodstock High School Band Dads!

 

Woodstock Middle School

Volunteer of the Year: Cynthia Tunon

In the Principal’s words: “Mrs. Tunon is committed to volunteering.  She always comes to school with a smile on her face and greets everyone with a smile.  She is eager to help staff, parents and students alike.  She is very knowledgeable about the school and that is often useful and comforting to other parents when she answers their call.  She is able to speak with other parents as a parent, but also as a parent working in the front office.”

Congratulations, Cynthia Tunon!

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