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CCSD School Earns National Award for Charitable Spirit

Posted On: Thursday, June 23, 2022

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Woodstock High School has earned the Spirit of St. Jude Award from Varsity Brands in recognition of its support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Woodstock HS Principal Mark Smith, left, and Etowah HS Principal Robert Horn are pictured last fall celebrating the $12,200 raised for St. Jude through the annual cross-town rivalry football game.

A Cherokee County School District school has been honored with a national award for its charitable spirit!

Woodstock High School has earned the Spirit of St. Jude Award from Varsity Brands in recognition of its support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is a major recipient of company’s philanthropy.  Varsity Brands is made up of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, which provide schools with athletic, spirit and special events products.

The Spirit of St. Jude award, named for the research hospital focused on children’s cancer and other life-threatening pediatric diseases, honors schools and school districts that engage the majority of its students in fundraising for the charity.  Woodstock HS raises funds for the hospital through many activities, including the annual cross-town rivalry football game versus Etowah HS that both schools use as a St. Jude fundraiser.  Last school year’s game raised $12,200 for St. Jude, and the donation was announced and celebrated during the game.

“Congratulations to Woodstock High School for earning this admirable recognition,” Dr. Hightower said, noting the leadership shown by longtime Principal Mark Smith, who next school year will join CCSD’s Curriculum & Instruction team.  “One of the hallmarks of Mark’s tenure has been fostering outstanding school spirit, and the heart of that has been celebrating every student and kindness to others.  ‘We Are Woodstock’ means more than a cheer for its sports teams -- it’s also the call used to gather their community to do good in our county and our world.  This award recognizes the good they have done to help children fighting their toughest battle, and I know our community joins me in thanking Woodstock High School for this work.” 

CCSD schools have raised funds for St. Jude for the last six years, with $67,000 donated last school year for a total of more than $400,000 given since 2016.  As part of its prize from Varsity Brands, Woodstock HS will receive a $3,000 award, which the school announced it would donate back to St. Jude.

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