Partner of the Year & Volunteer of the Year

CCSD Celebrates 2016 Partners of the Year, Volunteers of the Year at Third Annual Recognition Ceremony

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Celebrating the Rotary Club of Canton as the Cherokee County School District 2015-16 Partner of the Year are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Rotary Club of Canton Youth Services Chair Peter Gleichman, Canton ES STEM Academy Principal Beth Long and School Board Member Kelly Poole.

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Celebrating Danielle Sones as the Cherokee County School District 2015-16 Volunteer of the Year are, from left to right, School Board Member Kelly Poole, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Ms. Sones, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Izell McGruder and Parent Involvement Facilitator Gwen Freeman.

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

The ceremony, held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Creekview 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.

The Rotary Club of Canton, the Canton Elementary School STEM Academy Partner of the Year, was named the CCSD 2016 Partner of the Year, and Danielle Sones, the Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Volunteer of the Year, was named the CCSD 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

“We would not be the nationally renowned, award-winning organization that we are today without your support,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower told the crowd of 75 honorees and their guests.  “When I was a classroom teacher, seeing the support of partners and volunteers made a difference to me.  As I became a school administrator, a district administrator and today, as superintendent of schools, the value of that support has grown even more meaningful.  We receive tens of thousands of volunteer hours, just as many dollars through fundraisers and likely just as many cookies and casseroles, because you care.  I see what you do, I appreciate what you do and I thank you.”

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 $120,000 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 prepared by the Creekview High School Family and Consumer Sciences Department, and the Creekview HS 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.

The Rotary Club of Canton was praised for its eager willingness to volunteer and to raise funds for grants to the school so far totaling $12,000, which have provided monies for field trips, the creation of an aquaponics lab and, this year, the construction of a MakerSpace.

“We are so blessed by the time they devote to our students, as well as innovative projects at Canton Elementary School STEM Academy,” Canton ES STEM Academy Principal Beth Long said of the Club.  “Peter Gleichman remains in constant communication and is always asking, ‘What can we do?’  ‘What do you need?’  ‘How can we help?’  He is always the first person we think of if we need volunteers for an activity of event.  The Club is always on hand at Read for the Record in October and Read Across America in March.  Several members serve weekly during the Reading Buddies program we offer to our most at-risk students each morning.  The Rotary Club of Canton continually goes above and beyond to spend valuable time with our students, but they also provide monetary donations in the form of grants to allow us to bring the latest and greatest innovation projects to our children.  These donations bring the world to our doorstep and allow our students to have real-life experiences that they may not otherwise have.”

PTA Co-President Danielle Sones chose Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy for her children, so they could experience a diverse school family.  She volunteers to ensure that the school and its teachers have as much support as possible to meet all the challenges they face serving a school with higher populations of students in need.

“Mrs. Sones truly inspires those who work alongside her,” Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Izell McGruder said of Ms. Sones.  “She is a passionate leader who spreads the passion ‘to work’ to others.  She is not afraid of challenges, understanding the many that Title I schools face.  She is a motivator, teaches others and knows how to effectively delegate.  She takes risks by trying new things.  If it doesn’t work, she simply regroups and tries again.  She demonstrates a sense of urgency around advocacy for at-risk kids and has the courage to protect our community from misconceptions and untruths.  Mrs. Sones would tell you that she is just an ordinary person with a heart for service.  We at Hasty feels that she may be an ordinary person, but one who is doing extraordinary things.”

2016 School Partners of the Year

Arnold Mill ES: Woodstock Walmart Supercenter

Avery ES: Adams Sports Instructions

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Ball Ground Business and Community Association

Bascomb ES: Publix at Rose Creek Shopping Center

Boston ES: Cobb EMC

Canton ES STEM Academy: The Rotary Club of Canton

Carmel ES: Family Eye Clinic at Towne Lake

CCSD Preschool Centers: Joseph Daniel Howard Foundation

Cherokee HS: Chart Industries

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Dairy Queen of Acworth

Clayton ES: Reinhardt University

Creekland MS: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at Riverstone Plaza

Creekview HS: Chick-fil-A of Canton

Dean Rusk MS: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at Riverstone Plaza

ET Booth MS: Chick-fil-A of Towne Lake

Etowah HS: Seasonal Designs Landscaping

Free Home ES: Cherokee Shrine Club

Freedom MS: Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Heritage Baptist Church

Hickory Flat ES: Huntington Learning Center

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: Holly Springs Walmart

Indian Knoll ES: Johnny’s New York Style Pizza of Hickory Flat

Johnston ES: Chick-fil-A Dwarf House of Woodstock

Knox ES: Northside Hospital-Cherokee

Liberty ES: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at Riverstone Plaza

Little River ES: Woodstock Walmart Supercenter

Macedonia ES: Moss Family Chiropractic

Mill Creek MS: Woodstock Walmart Supercenter

Mountain Road ES: Domino’s of Hickory Flat

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: Hillcrest Baptist Church

R.M. Moore ES: Reinhardt University

River Ridge HS: Superior Plumbing

Sequoyah HS: Tenacious Tea, Alpharetta Beverage Company

Sixes ES: Hopewell Baptist Church

Teasley MS: Publix at Riverstone Plaza

Woodstock ES: Sojourn Church

Woodstock HS: The Premier Group, Keller Williams Realty Partners

Woodstock MS: Chick-fil-A of Towne Lake

 

2016 School Volunteers of the Year

Arnold Mill ES: Barbara Graves

Avery ES: Carrie Gilliam

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Carolyn Timcoe

Bascomb ES: Matt Mascuch

Boston ES: Amy Keeton

Canton ES STEM Academy: Clara Mae and Gus Van Brink

Carmel ES: Gillian Mims

CCSD Preschool Centers: Toby Sklar

Cherokee HS: April Luth

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Cassandra Hazelwood

Clayton ES: Teresa Dangar

Creekland MS: Jimmy Wilson

Dean Rusk MS: Monica Orrico

ET Booth MS: Kelly Covington

Etowah HS: Shannon Bates

Free Home ES: Ken Lightsey

Freedom MS: Clara Mae Van Brink

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Danielle Sones

Hickory Flat ES: Suzy Griffes

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: Darci Turnage

Indian Knoll ES: Mary Robinson

Johnston ES: Natalie Dean

Knox ES: Amy Stegos

Liberty ES: Lauren Cook

Little River ES: Lelok Bessada

Macedonia ES: Tara Fuentes

Mill Creek MS: Gina Schmidt

Mountain Road ES: Cheryl Kunik

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: Peggy Davis

R.M. Moore ES: Karri Manning

River Ridge HS: Robert Houk

Sequoyah HS: Cassan Henley

Sixes ES: Greg Moffitt

Woodstock ES: Abby Wooten

Woodstock HS: Aimee Masters

Woodstock MS: Margret O’Meara

Read more here about the 2016 School winners!

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