Partner of the Year & Volunteer of the Year

CCSD Celebrates Partners of the Year, Volunteers of the Year at Fourth Annual Recognition Ceremony

The CCSD 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Scott Cudabac of Johnston Elementary School, center, is congratulated by, from left to right, School Board Member Kelly Poole, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Principal Amy Graham, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Member Clark Menard, School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman and Kevin Williams, Fundraising Chairman for the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, which sponsors the awards ceremony and reception.

The CCSD 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Scott Cudabac of Johnston Elementary School, center, is congratulated by, from left to right, School Board Member Kelly Poole, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Principal Amy Graham, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Member Clark Menard, School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman and Kevin Williams, Fundraising Chairman for the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, which sponsors the awards ceremony and reception.

The Cherokee County School District celebrated its top school community partners and volunteers at the fourth annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony, held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Woodstock High School, recognized a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center and then made the surprise announcement of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of candidates.  Eighty-three outstanding partners and volunteers were recognized!

Liberty Hill Church, the Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Partner of the Year, was named the CCSD 2017 Partner of the Year, and Scott Cudabac, the Johnston Elementary School Volunteer of the Year, was named the CCSD 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Liberty Hill Church, partner of Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, is the CCSD 2017 Partner of the Year. Church member Teresa Abernathy is congratulated by School Board Member Kelly Poole, as other school board members look on.

Liberty Hill Church, partner of Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, is the CCSD 2017 Partner of the Year. Church member Teresa Abernathy is congratulated by School Board Member Kelly Poole, as other school board members look on.

“Supportive community partners and caring volunteers are necessary for our school district’s success, and we appreciate all that they do,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower said.  “Recognizing those who give so much of their time, talent and treasure is just one way to foster these relationships.  It’s inspiring and heart-warming to learn more about all that our partners and volunteers do to make a difference in the lives of the children and the families that we serve.”

Tuesday’s recognition ceremony was sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to raise funds and awareness for CCSD that has already awarded more than $200,000 in grants.  Prior to the ceremony, which included tributes and the presentation of plaques to all honorees, a reception was held in the auditorium lobby.  The honorees were joined at the event by their families, principals of the schools that they support and other special guests.  Refreshments were served by Woodstock HS students, and the Woodstock HS Navy JROTC presented the colors and Pledge of Allegiance.

After the surprise announcements were made of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, excerpts were read from the nomination letters submitted by the principals of the schools that they support.  A committee of retired educators selects the CCSD winners from the pool of exemplary nominees.

The CCSD Partner of the Year, Liberty Hill Church, not only works to encourage and support all students and staff at Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy throughout the year, it also runs a program that provide the school’s neediest families with significant assistance including weekly donations of food.

Liberty Hill Church, partner of Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, is the CCSD 2017 Partner of the Year. Church member Teresa Abernathy is congratulated by School Board Member Kelly Poole, as other school board members look on.

Liberty Hill Church, partner of Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, is the CCSD 2017 Partner of the Year. Church member Teresa Abernathy is congratulated by School Board Member Kelly Poole, as other school board members look on.

“Liberty Hill United Methodist Church believes in our children,” Principal Rodney Larrotta wrote in his nomination letter.  “The volunteers believe that children with less than average resources can still have dreams and be successful.  Those dreams have a better chance of coming to fruition when their basic needs are met.  Liberty Hill works hard to make sure that our students have the academic, nutritional and emotional support they need to be successful.  Their heart have no boundaries.”

The CCSD Volunteer of the Year, Scott Cudabac, founded Johnston Elementary School’s Men at Work group, and organization that encourages dads to volunteer at the school.  Setting up the book fair, campus beautification and Hi Five Fridays greeters in the car and bus lanes – none would happen without Mr. Cudabac’s leadership, according to the school.

“Mr. Cudabac gives freely of his time and tremendous effort in organizing the Men at Work group of male volunteers, meeting with administrators and staff, and being persistent and present for the countless functions he establishes,” Principal Amy Graham wrote in her nomination letter.  “Mr. Cudabac is a strong, multi-dimensional person with diversified skills, which allows him to adapt to many different jobs.  He is an invaluable part of our extended Johnston Elementary School family.”

Every week, a different school Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be featured on CCSD social media platforms.

2017 SCHOOL PARTNERS OF THE YEAR

Read more here about the 2017 School winners!

ACE Academy: Northside Hospital Cherokee

Arnold Mill ES: State Farm Insurance

Avery ES: Menchie’s Riverstone Plaza

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Awnex Inc.

Bascomb ES: Menchie’s Towne Lake

Boston ES: Cub Scout Packs 994 and 999

Canton ES STEM Academy: Rotary Club of Canton

Carmel ES: Modern Woodmen of America

CCSD Preschool Center ‐ Johnston: The Home Depot, Store No. 16943 on Sixes Road in Canton

CCSD Preschool Center ‐ Oak Grove: The Home Depot, Store No. 116 on Highway 92 in Woodstock

CCSD Preschool Center ‐ Ralph Bunche: Christian Egner Smile Foundation

Cherokee HS: Northside Hospital Cherokee

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Ridgewalk Chiropractic and Massage

Clayton ES: The One Taekwondo Center of Canton

Creekland MS: Trotter & Patel Pediatric Dentistry

Creekview HS: Chick‐fil‐A of Canton

Dean Rusk MS: Kona Ice of Cherokee

E.T. Booth MS: The Premier Group

Etowah HS: SignGig

Free Home ES: Modern Woodmen of America

Freedom MS: Allegro Business Products

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Liberty Hill Church

Hickory Flat ES: Hickory Flat Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: City of Holly Springs

Indian Knoll ES: Cherokee County Farm Bureau

Johnston ES: Chick‐fil‐A Dwarf House

Knox ES: Menchie’s Riverstone Plaza

L.R. Tippens Education Center: Pizza Hut of Holly Springs

Liberty ES: Marco’s Pizza of Sixes Road

Little River ES: The One Taekwondo Center of Woodstock

Macedonia ES: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant

Mill Creek MS: Chick‐fil‐A Dwarf House

Mountain Road ES: Chick‐fil‐A Dwarf House

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: The Premier Group

R.M. Moore ES: Reinhardt University

River Ridge HS: Chick‐fil‐A Dwarf House

Sequoyah HS: Southeast Restoration Group

Sixes ES: Marco’s Pizza, Sixes Road

Teasley MS: Chick‐fil‐A of Canton

Woodstock ES: Woodstock HS Spanish Honor Society

Woodstock HS: The UPS Store at Towne Lake

Woodstock MS: Velociteach

2017 SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

Read more here about the 2017 School winners!

Arnold Mill ES: John O. Donnelly, Jr.

Avery ES: Mary Long

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Carrie Halstead

Bascomb ES: Hope Leak

Boston ES: Richard Branscomb

Canton ES STEM Academy: Sarah Hill

Carmel ES: Lavinia “Kay” Hart

CCSD Preschool Center ‐ Johnston: Edir Real Fabiano

CCSD Preschool Center ‐ Oak Grove: Julie Fuller

CCSD Preschool Center ‐ Ralph Bunche: Todd Adams

Cherokee HS: Melanie Rockey

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Andrea Dean

Clayton ES: Susan Williamson

Creekland MS: John Russell

Creekview HS: Tim Hart

Dean Rusk MS: Cristina Kroeppler

E.T. Booth MS: Claire Black

Etowah HS: Kelly Covington

Free Home ES: Anita Ask

Freedom MS: Pamela Montgomery

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Larry DeSue

Hickory Flat ES: Megan Kremer

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: Karrie Pratt

Indian Knoll ES: Sequoyah HS Cadets led by John Futral and Ronald Whittle

Johnston ES: Scott Cudabac

Knox ES: Anne Landfried

L.R. Tippens Education Center: Teddye Holloway

Liberty ES: Jenna Williams

Little River ES: Scott Steinbrenner

Macedonia ES: Erin Whaley

Mill Creek MS: Brandee Sass

Mountain Road ES: Dana Patterson

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: Stanley Weinick

R.M. Moore ES: Emily and Shane Fager

River Ridge HS: Debbie Rabjohn

Sequoyah HS: Cindy Brown

Sixes ES: Jennifer Mascitti

Teasley MS: Kristi Volz

Woodstock ES: Robert Tidwell

Woodstock HS: Nancy B. Utley

Woodstock MS: Tawnya Velzy

 

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