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CCSD Recognizes 2020 Partner of the Year

Posted On: Monday, September 21, 2020

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Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, greets Reinhardt University Football Team Head Coach James Miller at the surprise awards presentation on Friday at which the team was named the Cherokee County School District 2020 Partner of the Year.
 

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school community partners through its Seventh Annual CCSD Partner of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Partner of the Year to honor.  From that pool of outstanding partners, a committee of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Partner of the Year.

While the traditional recognition ceremony could not be held this year, plaques are being delivered to all of the school-level winners thanks to the continuing sponsorship of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.  Every week, a different school Partner of the Year will be featured on CCSD social media platforms.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on Friday surprised the CCSD overall winner in person: the Reinhardt University Football Team, the R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Partner of the Year!

“Our school partners give of their time, talent and treasure to support our schools, and we’re so thankful for their generosity,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Reinhardt University is a longtime exemplary partner for our schools and our School District as a whole.  I’m so impressed by the program that earned Reinhardt this honor, and the positive impact Reinhardt students through their volunteerism are having on our students and our community as a whole.”

The RU Eagles football players and coaches, led by Head Coach James Miller, were recognized for their support of R.M. Moore’s MOD (Men of Distinction) Squad program, which pairs football players up with a fourth- or fifth-grade boy in need of a mentor who can provide guidance, tutoring and support.  

The program’s initial goal, Principal Dr. Abby May said, was to improve students’ self-esteem and academic achievement and build a sense of community, but the success has been far greater.  

“It has been an incredible transformation,” Dr. May said of the program’s positive impact on the 40 elementary school students who have participated.  She said one of the most touching stories was to see how when an R.M. Moore student was placed in foster care, his Reinhardt mentor stepped up his support in response.  “He showed him he wasn’t alone.  He never failed to keep in touch with him during this trying time.”

The football players grow from the experience as well, she said, noting that they have told her how being a role model to the boys influences them to be better men.

“This partnership is not one of monetary benefit or gain, but of something much more,” she said.  “This partnership is about relationships and building a culture of support for two groups of students who truly needed each other.” 

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2020 CCSD Partners of the Year

ACE Academy
Northside Hospital Cherokee

Arnold Mill Elementary School
EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners 

Avery Elementary School
Cherokee Farm Bureau

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy
Chick-fil-A, Riverstone

Bascomb Elementary School
Keller Williams Realty Partner Penny + Co

Boston Elementary School
Alma Coffee

Carmel Elementary School
Cherokee Theatre Company

Cherokee High School
MUST Ministries

CCSD Preschool Center – Johnston
Credit Union of Georgia

CCSD Preschool Center- Ralph Bunche 
Christian Egner Foundation

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy
EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners 

Clayton Elementary School
Maria Sims Group and Zack Bobo Real Estate

Creekland Middle School
Northside Hospital Cherokee

Creekview High School
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia

Dean Rusk Middle School
Modern Woodmen of America

E.T. Booth Middle School
The Premier Group

Etowah High School
Matiak Foundation

Free Home Elementary School
Canton Optimist Club

Freedom Middle School
Knox Bridge Dental Care

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy
Rotary Club of Canton

Hickory Flat Elementary School
Buffalo's Café, Canton

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy
Modern Woodmen of America

Indian Knoll Elementary School
The Premier Group

Johnston Elementary School
NASA TopHat (NTH), Cherokee

Knox ES STEM Academy
J.M. Huber Corporation

Liberty Elementary School
Cherokee Children's Dentistry

Little River Elementary School
EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners 

Macedonia Elementary School
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia

Mill Creek Middle School
Horace Mann Insurance, The Holman Agency

Mountain Road Elementary School
ACME Property Group

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy
YANMAR EVO//Center

R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy
Reinhardt University - Eagles Football Team

River Ridge High School
LGE Community Credit Union

Sequoyah High School
AME Companies and The Foundation for Ashley's Dream

Sixes Elementary School
The Premier Group

Teasley Middle School
EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners 

Tippens Education Center
Allegro Business Products

Woodstock Elementary School
Kiwanis Club of Greater Cherokee

Woodstock High School
Tidwell Strimban Injury Lawyers

Woodstock Middle School
Chick-fil-A, Towne Lake

 

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, and R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy Principal Dr. Abby May, center, congratulate the Reinhardt University Football Team, the school’s Partner of the Year, as the overall Cherokee County School District 2020 Partner of the Year.

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, and R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy Principal Dr. Abby May, center, congratulate the Reinhardt University Football Team, the school’s Partner of the Year, as the overall Cherokee County School District 2020 Partner of the Year.

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, and R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy Principal Dr. Abby May congratulate James Miller, head coach for the Reinhardt University Football Team, the school’s Partner of the Year, as the overall Cherokee County School District 2020 Partner of the Year.

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, and R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy Principal Dr. Abby May congratulate James Miller, head coach for the Reinhardt University Football Team, the school’s Partner of the Year, as the overall Cherokee County School District 2020 Partner of the Year.

Reinhardt University Football Team players watch a video featuring R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy students thanking them for volunteering as their mentors through the team’s partnership with the school.

Reinhardt University Football Team players watch a video featuring R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy students thanking them for volunteering as their mentors through the team’s partnership with the school.
 





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