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CCEF presents check for $45,018 to help with special grants

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board presented Dr. Brian Hightower, CCSD Superintendent and Kyla Cromer, CCSD School Board Chair with a check for $45,018 to help with special grants in the district. These monies will be used for several special grant programs including graduation coaching assistance for high school seniors with special needs, and Course Extension opportunities.

Course Extension is a pilot program in the school district that allows students that did not pass a class, but received an average between 65-69 to enroll in a 10 hour intensive unit recovery. If the student earns a minimum of an 80 on their assignments and tests in that unit, their 65-69 is replaced with a 70 average and allows them to regain the course credit without great expense or too much time.

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CCEF Awards $25,000 in Special Project Grants to CCSD!

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation’s second annual “Celebration of Education” Gala on March 12 raised a record total in donations benefitting the Cherokee County School District and honored outstanding teachers, students, partners, volunteers and alumni.



[caption id="attachment_900" align="alignright" width="300"] Cherokee County Educational Foundation ‘Celebration of Education’ Gala Co-Chairs Amanda Arnold, left, and Debbie Rabjohn, congratulate Woodstock High School’s April Schlinkert left, and Katelyn Nacon for winning the “CCSD’s Got Talent” high school student talent show held as part of the second annual event on March 12 at the Cherokee Conference Center. As first-place winners, the school received a $1,000 grant from the Foundation and a trophy.

The black-tie optional event at the Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, co-hosted by CCEF and presenting sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee, netted more than $56,000 and was attended by more than 350 guests and included dinner, awards, a silent auction and the “CCSD’s Got Talent” high school student talent show.

The nonprofit, charitable organization raises awareness and funds to support CCSD schools, students and teachers.  All money raised through CCEF fundraisers benefits CCSD schools, students and teachers through grants and other support… $120,000 has been awarded since its establishment in 2012.

“The Gala’s success is growing each year thanks to our community’s outstanding support,” CCEF Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr. said.  “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to support our School District.”

The “CCSD’s Got Talent” grand prize winner, Woodstock High School’s duo of Katelyn Nacon and April Schlinkert, won a $1,000 grant for the school; and the runner-up, Creekview High School’s Men’s Chorus, won a $500 grant.   Each of the schools received an honorarium for participating in the competition.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower was honored as the event’s Honorary Chair, and other special guests included the CCSD Teacher of the Year, Media Specialist of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year.  Foundation Board Members Amanda Arnold, Vice President for Credit Union of Georgia, and Debbie Rabjohn, CCSD parent and PTA volunteer, served as Gala Committee Co-Chairs.



[caption id="attachment_901" align="alignleft" width="300"]Alumni of the Year Award Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr. presents an Alumni of the Year Award to Frankie Shepherd.

The Gala presented the second annual Alumni of the Year Awards, which honor at least one CCSD high school alumnus and one alumna each year for outstanding professional and civic contributions.  The recipients were Frankie Shepherd, a lifetime educator who retired as Principal of her alma mater, Ralph Bunche High School (now Center), and has volunteered in numerous community service roles; and Gene Norton, a lifetime educator who served as Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and in roles for the Georgia Department of Education and Reinhardt University.

Both honorees were applauded with standing ovations, and Mr. Hasty presented them with plaques featuring CCEF medallions made by Creekview High School teacher Linda Nicholson and her students.

Whenever an Alumni of the Year also is a retired educator, such as both of this year’s honorees, they will be added to that year’s class for the Cherokee County Educators Hall of Fame, a new initiative announced at last year’s Gala by CCEF.  The Hall of Fame will open next year in the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Complex now under construction at The Bluffs in Canton.  The community will be invited to make nominations of retired educators for a new class of inductees each year, and the winners will be recognized with a ceremony and the addition of their names to the Hall of Fame plaque displayed at the new complex.



[caption id="attachment_902" align="alignright" width="300"]Alumnus of the Year Gene Norton Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr., right, listens as Alumnus of the Year Gene Norton speaks.

During the Gala, Ms. Arnold made a surprise announcement: the CCEF Board had unanimously voted to make recently retired Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo a member of the Hall of Fame’s charter class to be inducted next year.

“While this is a surprise announcement, it should come as no surprise to everyone here who knows and appreciates Dr. P’s legacy,” Ms. Arnold said of the recognition.  Dr. Petruzielo, who was a guest at the Gala, then received a standing ovation.

A new project being undertaken by CCEF also was announced at the Gala: the establishment of the CCEF Technology Challenge Grant, which will be piloted at Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy.  Teachers will have the opportunity to apply for this competitive grant to earn tablet devices for every child in their class to use, and the teacher will receive Microsoft Innovative Educator certification and other special training.

“We’re starting this grant with enough funding, $9,500, for one classroom at one school,” Mr. Hasty said, noting that Aramark Education Management already has pledged financial support.  “We hope that with more businesses’ support, we’ll be able to grow this grant to even more classrooms and schools!”

The evening included many special recognitions of educators and students including the cocktail hour music provided by Mill Creek Middle School students, the second year of service by Indian Knoll Elementary School Assistant Principal John Carter as master of ceremonies and the centerpieces created by Cherokee High School agriculture teacher Ashton Meeks and her students.  The Foundation presented grants to all of these schools, as well as the Creekview High’s art department, as honorariums of appreciation for their participation.

The Gala was made possible due an impressive list of sponsors that joined presenting sponsor, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, in supporting CCEF:

VALEDICTORIAN SPONSORS
  • Cobb EMC Community Foundation
  • Credit Union of Georgia
SALUTATORIAN SPONSORS
  • Aramark Education Management
  • Bryant’s Quality Painting
  • Cherokee Conference Center at The Bluffs
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Hasty Pope LLP
  • LGE Community Credit Union
  • Original Mattress Factory
  • Roach Caudill & Gunn LLP
  • Seasonal Designs Landscaping
  • State Senator Brandon Beach
HONOR ROLL SPONSORS
  • Brown & Brown Insurance
  • Buck Consultants
  • Center Cut Catering
  • Cherokee Computer
  • Cherokee Tribune
  • Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County
  • Citi
  • Davenport & Company
  • Dell
  • Georgia Power
  • Goshen Valley Foundation
  • KRH Architects
  • Manley Spangler Smith Architects, P.C.
  • Pearson
  • Sisson Media Corporation
  • Stellaris Group
  • Triumph Advisors
  • Valic
GRADUATE SPONSORS
  • Complete Floor Maintenance, Inc.
  • Follett
  • Frontline Technologies
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Kronos
  • Lifetouch
  • Mission Critical
  • My Beauty
  • Nova Engineering and Environmental
  • Path & Post - Becky Babcock
  • Rotary Club of Canton
  • Think Through Math
  • Win2ition
  • Womack Lewis Smith
For more information about the Foundation, please see the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org or the Foundation’s page on Facebook.

Photos below provided by LIFETOUCH:



[caption id="attachment_900" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Gala First Place Winners Cherokee County Educational Foundation ‘Celebration of Education’ Gala Co-Chairs Amanda Arnold, left, and Debbie Rabjohn, congratulate Woodstock High School’s April Schlinkert left, and Katelyn Nacon for winning the “CCSD’s Got Talent” high school student talent show held as part of the second annual event on March 12 at the Cherokee Conference Center. As first-place winners, the school received a $1,000 grant from the Foundation and a trophy.


 
[caption id="attachment_901" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Alumni of the Year Award Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr. presents an Alumni of the Year Award to Frankie Shepherd.


 
[caption id="attachment_902" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Alumnus of the Year Gene Norton Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr., right, listens as Alumnus of the Year Gene Norton speaks.


 
[caption id="attachment_903" align="aligncenter" width="600"]CEO of presenting sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee Foundation Board Vice President Billy Hayes, left, CEO of presenting sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee, speaks during the program, as President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr. looks on.


 
[caption id="attachment_904" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Woodstock High School’s April Schlinkert, left, and Katelyn Nacon Woodstock High School’s April Schlinkert, left, and Katelyn Nacon perform, ‘Toxic vs. Sweater Weather,’ which earned their school the top prize in the ‘CCSD’s Got Talent’ competition and a $1,000 grant from CCEF.


 
[caption id="attachment_905" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Creekview High School’s Men Chorus Creekview High School’s Men Chorus, which performed ‘Tell My Father,’ was named runner-up in the ‘CCSD’s Got Talent’ competition and won a $500 grant from CCEF for the school.


 
[caption id="attachment_906" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Shandrea Tolbert Cherokee High School’s Shandrea Tolbert performs ‘I Know Where I’ve Been.’


 
[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="600"]River Ridge High School’s Percussion Quintent River Ridge High School’s Percussion Quintent presented ‘Bounce’ for its entry in ‘CCSD’s Got Talent.’


 
[caption id="attachment_908" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Sequoyah High School’s Nikki Johnson, John Haas Sequoyah High School’s Nikki Johnson, John Haas and Eli Wheeler perform ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’


 
[caption id="attachment_899" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower served as Honorary Chairman of the event.
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$25,000 in Special Project Grants to CCSD!

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 surprised Cherokee County School District teachers and students with a record total of $25,000 awarded through its third annual round of competitive IMPACT Grants.

The grants, which represent a significant increase from the $15,000 awarded last school year, will fund 13 innovative projects.  Products will range from a desktop mill, so high school students can machine parts for robots they design, to a writing program for elementary school students that uses Lego block sets to spark creative storytelling.

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board Secretary Amanda Arnold said the day of surprise “Prize Patrol”-style grant presentations with oversized checks, balloons, bouquets of flowers and cheering crowds of students is the “highlight of the year” for the Board.

“Every year around Valentine’s Day, our hearts are filled, as we show CCSD schools, teachers and students how much the community loves them,” said Ms. Arnold, who represents Credit Union of Georgia on the Board.  “We received more than 40 outstanding applications this year, and each one was inspiring, as they illustrated how much more teachers would do in their classrooms if additional grant funding was available.”

Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded more than $115,000 in grants to CCSD schools, teachers and students.  The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness, funding and resources to enrich CCSD schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program.  It raises funds through sources including its annual CCEF T-shirt sale, CCEF Golf Classic Tournament; and the CCEF “Celebration of Education” Gala, which will be held on March 12; and as the main beneficiary of the Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series 5K and Fun Run in Canton, which will be held on August 6.

Through public support, CCEF offers IMPACT Grants of as much as $2,500 per winning proposal.  The grant application process is open to individual CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; teams of CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; CCSD administrators; or CCSD department heads.  Foundation Board members review the applications and select proposals they determine will best strengthen academics; demonstrate a creative and innovative approach to education; provide meaningful and engaging instruction for students; and have a long-term benefit.

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The 2016 IMPACT Grants presented on Friday are:

  • Arnold Mill ESLearning in Action”, $664.69, Teacher Deb Havens
  • Boston ESA Makerspace Can Produce Future Leaders”, $1,941.45, Teacher Susan Stringfellow
  • Canton ES STEM AcademyCode and Play the Sphero Way”, $2,379.80, Teachers David Cornn and Dr. Judy Wright
  • Canton ES STEM AcademyReaders Workshop Books”, $2,500, Teacher Heather Eastridge
  • Etowah HSDesktop CNC Mill for Robotics”, $2,199, Teacher Josh Farrell
  • Holly Springs ES STEM AcademyGoing Digital - Transitioning from Paper to Digital”, $2,500, Teacher Lauren Pittman
  • Indian Knoll ESLego Storytellers”, $1,364.95, Teacher Marissa Williams
  • Oak Grove ES Fine Arts AcademyKindling a Bright Future”, $2,159.78, Teachers Jenny Bickerstaff and Lindsay White
  • Oak Grove ES Fine Arts AcademyHomework Help Kindle Project”, $290.33, Teacher Lisa Reidy
  • R.M. Moore ES“Standing Desks for Resource Classroom”, $2,500, Teacher Susan Lumpkin
  • Teasley MS“Camp Teasley”, $1,500, Assistant Principal Dr. Chris Garity
  • Woodstock ES“Active Students Are Engaged Students”, $2,500, Teacher Kristy Gibbs
  • Woodstock MS“WOLF – Working on Literacy Fundamentals”, $2,500, Teacher Rosa Frederick

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Copies of the winning grant proposals are available electronically from CCEF for anyone who wants to learn more about them.  As part of the process, winners will be required to submit a report sharing details about the success of their project funded by the grant.

Donations to CCEF may be made by mail to P.O. Box 4754, Canton, Ga. 30114.  For more information about the Foundation, visit the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (770) 704-4213.

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CCEF IMPACT Grants Boston ES 2 17 16

CCEF IMPACT Grants Canton ES STEM Academy - Eastridge 2 17 16

CCEF IMPACT Grants Indian Knoll ES 2 17 16

CCEF IMPACT Grants Woodstock MS 2 17 16

CCEF IMPACT Grants Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy - Reidy 2 17 16

CCEF IMPACT Grants Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy - Bickerstaff 1 2 17 16

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CCEF to Award $25,000 in IMPACT Grants

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications for its third annual round of IMPACT Grants to encourage and support innovative and creative ideas in teaching and learning in the Cherokee County School District.

Due to growing public support, the Foundation Board has allotted $25,000 for the third round of grant awards… an increase from $15,000 last school year.

The Foundation will fund IMPACT Grants of as much as $2,500 per winning proposal; the application is posted on the CCEF and CCSD websites. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 11, 2016; no exceptions to this deadline will be made. Grants will be presented to winning applicants on Feb. 12, 2016.

Last school year’s grant winners included a variety of “bright ideas” ranging StoryCorps-inspired media center recording studio to archive a high school community’s oral histories to mobile gardening labs for first- and second-graders to learn about science (and to love vegetables) to equipping an elementary school with a 3D printer so students can see their engineering designs come to life.

Applications may be submitted by CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; teams of CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; CCSD administrators; or CCSD department heads.

A committee made up of Foundation Board members will review applications, which must meet the following criteria: strengthens academics; demonstrates a creative and innovative approach to education; provides meaningful and engaging instruction for students; is well thought-out with a long-term benefit; incorporates budget details; and, includes the official application completed in its entirety.

Applications require a narrative that outlines, among other information, how: the project will benefit a defined target population and strengthen education; the project relates to the school’s School Improvement Plan or the School District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan; the applicant will collaborate with the community; project expenditures and the sustainability of the project if applicable; and how outcomes of the project will be shared with colleagues and the community.

Grant recipients are required to complete a grant evaluation report at the end of the grant cycle.

For more information, see the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (770) 704-4213 and leave a voicemail message.

 
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$15,000 total through IMPACT Grants

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 surprised Cherokee County School District teachers and students with a total of $15,000 awarded through its second annual round of competitive IMPACT Grants.

The grants will fund projects ranging from a StoryCorps-inspired media center recording studio to archive a high school community’s oral histories to mobile gardening labs for first- and second-graders to learn about science (and to love vegetables) to equipping an elementary school with a 3D printer so students can see their engineering designs come to life!

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board Secretary Amanda Arnold said the day of surprise “Prize Patrol”-style grant presentations with oversized checks, balloons, bouquets of flowers and cheering crowds of students is the “highlight of the year” for the Board.

“It’s so inspiring to read the grant applications and realize the creativity and dedication of the teachers in CCSD classrooms… and it’s incredibly fulfilling to make those visions become reality through these grants,” said Ms. Arnold, who represents Credit Union of Georgia on the Board.  “We appreciate every donation the Foundation has received, as it allows us to show schools, teachers and students how much the community cares about them.”

Oak GroveThe grant application process was open to individual CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; teams of CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; CCSD administrators; or CCSD department heads.

Through public support, the Foundation offers IMPACT Grants of as much as $2,500 per winning proposal, and on Friday eight grants were awarded; a ninth grant to be awarded later this month will bring the total to $15,000… which is an increase from $10,000 awarded last school year.

A committee made up of Foundation Board members reviewed the applications and selected proposals they determined would best strengthen academics; demonstrate a creative and innovative approach to education; provide meaningful and engaging instruction for students; and have a long-term benefit.

The 2015 IMPACT Grants presented on Friday are:
  • Avery ESBringing Movement to Math - $2,399.40, Teachers Tori Sinco and Ashley West
  • Canton ES STEM AcademyFlash Force 3D Engineering - $1,425, Teachers Daniel Cornn, Emma Griffin and Judy Wright
  • Johnston ESWalking Track -- $1,325, Principal Kathleen Chandler and teacher Julie Peppers
  • Mill Creek MSPaper & Tape Festival -- $1,880, Teacher Becky Stodola
  • River Ridge HSRiver Ridge Recording Studio - $1,900, Media Specialists Keara Rubin and Leslie O’Bryant
  • Woodstock ESGardening with First and Second Graders - $802.98, Teacher Debby Pinion
  • Oak Grove ES Fine Arts AcademyHomework Help -- $685, Teachers Kristin Guinther and Lisa Reidy
  • Clark Creek ES STEM AcademySMArTE Space - $2,500, Media Specialist Madeline Hall
Copies of the winning grant proposals are available electronically from CCEF for anyone who wants to learn more about them.  As part of the process, winners will be required to submit a report sharing details about the success of their project funded by the grant.

Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded more than $45,000 in grants to CCSD schools, teachers and students.

The Foundation raises funds for these initiatives through sources including its annual “For the Love of Education” T-shirt sale, CCEF Golf Classic Tournament and the inaugural “Celebration of Education” Gala, which will be held on March 14.

Donations to CCEF may be made by mail to P.O. Box 4754, Canton, Ga. 30114.  For more information about the Foundation, visit the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (770) 704-4213.




 
[caption id="attachment_607" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Avery ES AVERY ES: Avery Elementary School teachers Tori Sinco, left, and Ashley West, fourth from left, accept a $2,399.40 IMPACT Grant from the Cherokee County Educational Foundation for their ‘Bringing Movement to Math’ idea to combine math and fun physical activity across the two grades they teach – kindergarten and fifth. Celebrating with them are CCEF Board Members, from left to right, Fundraising Chairman Kevin Williams, Vice President Billy Hayes, Colleen Blackwell, Debbie Rabjohn and Rod Drake.


 
 
[caption id="attachment_609" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Clark Creek CLARK CREEK ES STEM ACADEMY: Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Media Specialist Madeline Hall, right, gets a congratulatory hug from Principal Dr. Jennifer Scrivner for winning a $2,500 CCEF IMPACT Grant to create a STEM and art-inspired lab in the media center.


 
 
[caption id="attachment_610" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Johnston Elementary JOHNSTON ES: Johnston Elementary School teacher Julie Peppers, second from left, accepts a $1,325 CCEF IMPACT Grant for the school’s planned walking track.


 
 
[caption id="attachment_612" align="aligncenter" width="600"]River Ridge High School RIVER RIDGE HS: River Ridge HS Media Specialist Keara Rubin, third from left, hugs Ms. Rabjohn upon learning that she and colleague Leslie O’Bryant, second from left, won a $1,900 CCEF IMPACT Grant for their media center recording studio project.


 
 
[caption id="attachment_608" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Canton ES CANTON ES STEM ACADEMY: Canton Elementary School STEM Academy teachers won a $1,425 CCEF IMPACT Grant for a Flash Force 3D Engineering project. Celebrating the donation are, from left to right, CCEF Board Member Rod Drake, teacher David Cornn, Board Members Colleen Blackwell, Debbie Rabjohn and Kevin Williams and teachers Judy Wright and Emma Griffin.


 
 
[caption id="attachment_613" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Woodstock Elementary WOODSTOCK ES: Woodstock Elementary School teacher Debby Pinion, right, shows her delight upon winning a CCEF IMPACT Grant for her idea to create mobile gardening labs for first- and second-graders.


 
[caption id="attachment_611" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Oak Grove OAK GROVE ES FINE ARTS ACADEMY: Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy teachers Kristin Guinther and Lisa Reidy hug upon learning they won a CCEF IMPACT Grant for their Homework Help program.


[caption id="attachment_606" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Mill Creek Mill Creek MS: From left to right, Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board Secretary Amanda Arnold and Board Member Colleen Blackwell applaud Mill Creek Middle School teacher Becky Stodola, as Board Member Debbie Rabjohn and students cheer her on for winning a $1,880 IMPACT Grant to expand her annual Paper & Tape Festival. The Foundation on Friday, Feb. 13, surprised teachers and schools throughout the Cherokee County School District with a total of $15,000 in grants for “bright ideas.”
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Special Projects Grants

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation in December held its 2015-16 Annual Meeting and presented a record $25,000 in Special Projects Grants to the Cherokee County School District!

CCEF is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the students and staff of the Cherokee County School District by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements.  The Foundation seeks funding and resources to enrich CCSD schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program.

“It’s so impressive to see the support we’ve received, as we had hoped, from the community,” CCEF President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr. said at the meeting, which was held on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Freedom Middle School.  “We are go thankful that we have the opportunity to support these important programs and projects.”

The presentation of $25,000 in these grants was a significant increase from last year’s $8,750, and Mr. Hasty noted that the generosity of supporters of fundraisers such as the CCEF “Celebration of Education” Gala, presented by Northside Hospital-Cherokee, make such giving possible.  The 2016 Gala date has been set for March 12 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center.  Special Projects Grants support CCSD programs not funded or not fully funded by Local, State and Federal funds.

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The Board Presented:

  • Credit Connect (Credit Recovery), $8,000: This grant continues and significantly expands CCEF’s sponsorship of scholarships offered to high school students who are at risk of not graduating on time without taking or retaking courses online and who otherwise could not afford to take these classes.  This scholarship program would not be possible without donations from the community like this grant.
  • Cherokee Academies, $6,000: This grant allows the expansion of special learning opportunities at its STEM and Fine Arts Academies through the purchase of additional software and supplies.
  • CEISMC Program, $2,700: This grant allows the expansion of a partnership with Georgia Tech that provides STEM learning opportunities to middle school students through the purchase of robotics and 3D printer supplies.
  • Pre-K Program, $2,700: This grant allows the expansion of learning materials provided to CCSD’s Preschool Centers to increase phonics awareness among pre-kindergarteners.
  • CHOICES Program, $2,000: This grant allows the expansion of the CHOICES program, which provides extra support to Special Education high school students who are working toward earning regular education diplomas
  • Partner or the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Teacher of the Year recognition programs, $1,750: This grant continues the Foundation’s sponsorship of these programs, which recognize and encouraging outstanding teachers, partners and volunteers.
  • FOCUS Initiatives for Canton Elementary School STEM Academy and Hasty Elementary School STEM Academy, $1,600: This grant provides these Title I schools with additional academic resources to assist at-risk students, including those who come from low-income homes and whose parents do not speak English.
  • Science Olympiad, $500: This grant allows CCSD’s Science Olympiad program to expand to offer more students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, compete and earn recognition for their success.
  • ACE Literary Magazine, $250: This grant allows the school’s award-winning literary magazine to improve its photography equipment so students can learn higher skills through participation in the program.
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Additionally, thanks to Books-A-Million at Canton Marketplace and its customers, the Principals for ACE Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy, Cherokee HS and Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy each received a donation of grade-appropriate books for their schools.

CCEF returns all funds raised in the community to CCSD through several different grant programs, another one of which is the IMPACT Grants program for “bright ideas” submitted by teachers, departments and schools to encourage and support innovation and creativity in teaching and learning.  Earlier this year, CCEF awarded $15,000 in these grants… and in February 2016, a record $25,000 in these grants will be awarded!

During the Annual Meeting, the Woodstock Innovation Zone Principals presented the CCEF Board with a donation of more than $1,400 raised through recent fundraisers at their schools.

Foundation Board Member Rod Drake, the Area Manager for Georgia Power, during the meeting also presented CCEF with a $3,000 donation from the utility company’s Foundation.

For more information about CCEF, please visit its website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org or find CCEF on Facebook.

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CCEF to Award $15,000 in IMPACT Grants

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications for its second annual round of IMPACT Grants to encourage and support innovative and creative ideas in teaching and learning in the Cherokee County School District.

Due to growing public support, the Foundation Board has allotted $15,000 for the second round of grant awards… an increase from $10,000 last school year.

The Foundation will fund IMPACT Grants of as much as $2,500 per winning proposal; the application is posted on the School District’s website at www.cherokee.k12.ga.us. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 13, 2015; no exceptions to this deadline will be made. Grants will be presented to winning applicants on Feb. 13, 2015.

The first round of grants awarded in February included a variety of “bright ideas” ranging from a hot-air balloon festival showcasing miniature balloons made by students to a professional development workshop for high school teachers to share STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) knowledge with elementary school teachers in their Innovation Zone.

“The applications we received were all so impressive, and it was a delight to present the grants to the winners in front of their cheering students and colleagues,” Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr. said. “We can’t wait to see what teachers and schools will come up with this year.”

Applications may be submitted by CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; teams of CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; CCSD administrators; or CCSD department heads.

A committee made up of Foundation Board members will review applications, which must meet the following criteria: strengthens academics; demonstrates a creative and innovative approach to education; provides meaningful and engaging instruction for students; is well thought-out with a long-term benefit; incorporates budget details; and, includes the official application completed in its entirety.

Applications require a narrative that outlines, among other information, how: the project will benefit a defined target population and strengthen education; the project relates to the school’s School Improvement Plan or the School District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan; the applicant will collaborate with the community; project expenditures and the sustainability of the project if applicable; and how outcomes of the project will be shared with colleagues and the community.

Grant recipients will be required to complete a grant evaluation report at the end of the grant cycle.

For more information about CCEF, see the Foundation website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (770) 704-4213 and leave a voicemail message.
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