From left: Dr. Debra Murdock, CCSD Chief Operations Officer; Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools; Bryan Jewell, District Manager for Publix; and Russell Putnam, Assistant Store Manager for Publix.
Representatives from Publix Supermarkets donated $63,540 in Publix gift cards to the Cherokee County School District on Wednesday, August 24, to help families in need as the 2021-22 school year gets underway. The gift cards are the result of the annual “Tools for School” community outreach fundraiser conducted by Publix, with the proceeds from each store going back into the local community. Customers at the nine locations in Cherokee County donated funds this year to support the effort. CCSD social workers will be able to use the cards to assist families who are in economic crisis this school year.
“We appreciate the support of Publix and their customers who really went above and beyond this year to make sure our CCSD families who might be struggling have access to food and school supplies,” said Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools. “The support of our community partners is more important than ever in helping students and families have a successful school year.”
“Our CCSD Social Workers are ready to assist families in crisis each year, and being able to offer immediate assistance with groceries is a much-appreciated and much-needed resource for them as they visit families and help them plan for stability and success,” said Dr. Debra Murdock, Chief Operations Officer. #CCSDfam