The Cherokee County School District recently celebrated National School Nurse Appreciation Day with the presentation of its inaugural Nurse of the Year awards.

The top school nurse selected for each innovation zone, a high school and its feeder school, was surprised with award presentation on Tuesday and Wednesday. These winners will now advance to a CCSD Nurse of the Year award program, with the winner to be selected by a panel of nursing professionals and retired educators and announced at a new professional development event for school nurses this summer.

Winners included Charlene Dalfonso of Liberty Elementary School for the Cherokee Zone, Susan Grant of Macedonia Elementary School for the Creekview Zone, Nadia Jones of Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy for the Etowah Zone, Annette Fountain of Little River Elementary School for the River Ridge Zone, Erin Krantz of Sequoyah High School for the Sequoyah Zone and Amy Hagan of Carmel Elementary School for the Woodstock Zone.

“We would not have been able to successfully offer our students in-person school this school year without the incredible dedication and care shown by our school nurses,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “Their expertise has been critical in our response to COVID. They have done double-duty this year, as while they took on new responsibilities including contact tracing and providing our school communities with accurate COVID information, they also continued to provide professional healthcare services to our schools every day. I appreciate every school nurse and all that they have done this year to keep our schools open for our students.”

The presentations of gift cards and honor banners to the zone winners, as well as the overall prize to be presented to the district winner, are sponsored by CCSD partner Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Children’s will also be sponsoring the district’s summer professional development.

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