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

The district honored a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center, and announced the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of 79 honorees.

Ball Ground Police Department, the Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Partner of the Year, was named the CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year, and Francisco Quintana, the Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Volunteer of the Year, was named the CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

“It takes a community to make great schools. Our school district is a family, and outstanding partners and volunteers are an important part of our family,” Superintendent of Schools Brian Hightower said. “Recognizing dedicated partners and volunteers is just one way we encourage these important relationships. The time, treasure and talent they share is valuable beyond measure.”

The CCSD Partner of the Year, Ball Ground Police Department, was recognized for the outstanding relationships it builds with students, parents and staff, which are important every day, and especially when an emergency arises. In his nomination letter, Principal Christian Kirby shared a story of how, when a student lost his parents at the school’s fall festival, the child, because of the relationships built with the department, sought out an officer for help and was successfully reunited.

“The Ball Ground Police Department has been an extremely active and dedicated partner with our school. The officers are always present at school functions… and, most every morning: rain, shine or freezing cold, Chief Bryon Reeves is assisting at car-rider duty,” Kirby said. “They are committed to assisting and supporting our students, both in the classroom and throughout the community.”

The CCSD Volunteer of the Year, Francisco Quintana, doesn’t have children at Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, but when his wife began working as its lunchroom manager in August, she told him about the needs of the children and staff. Moved by their needs and feeling he could make a difference, Quintana offered to be a volunteer, and now volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. After school breaks, Principal Rodney Larrotta shared in his nomination letter, Quintana “comes in saying ‘I missed being here.’”

“Mr. Quintana has truly become part of our Hasty Huskies family, and he understands the importance of education and how it could be the ticket to break the cycle of poverty in the world. We are very fortunate to have him with us. The more we get to work with him, the more blessed we feel to have this exceptional individual with such a big heart, sharing his time, gifts, friendship, energy, wisdom, passion and his heart with us,” Principal Larrotta said. “He is heaven-sent!”

The district has a page on its website that honors school-level and CCSD overall winners, and every week, features a different school Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year on social media platforms.

2019 PARTNERS OF THE YEAR

ACE Academy: Northside Hospital Cherokee;

♦ Arnold Mill ES: Target, Woodstock Square;

♦ Avery ES: Alfa Insurance — Brad Crawford Agency;

♦ Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Ball Ground Police Department;

♦ Bascomb ES: Keller Williams Realty Partners — The Jenny and Penny Team;

♦ Boston ES: New Victoria Baptist Church;

♦ Carmel ES: Oink, Cackle & Moo BBQ;

♦ CCSD Preschool Center – Johnston Preschool Center: Soleil Charity Committee;

♦ CCSD Preschool Center — Ralph Bunche Center: Christian Egner Foundation;

♦ Cherokee HS: Chick-fil-A, Riverstone;

♦ Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Yanmar Evo Center;

♦ Clayton ES: Help A Child Ministry;

♦ Creekland MS: Northside Hospital Cherokee;

♦ Creekview HS: Woodmont Golf and Country Club;

♦ Dean Rusk MS: Russell Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry;

♦ E.T. Booth MS: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm;

♦ Etowah HS: GAMEDAY Fresh Grill;

♦ Free Home ES: Modern Woodmen of America;

♦ Freedom MS: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm;

♦ Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Rotary Club of Canton;

♦ Hickory Flat ES: Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents;

♦ Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: City of Holly Springs;

♦ Indian Knoll ES: Kona Ice of Cherokee;

♦ Johnston ES: The ONE Taekwondo Center;

♦ Knox ES STEM Academy: EF2 Realty Team;

♦ Liberty ES: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram;

♦ Little River ES: EF2 Realty Team;

♦ Macedonia ES: Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet, Riverstone;

♦ Mill Creek MS: Northside Hospital Cherokee;

♦ Mountain Road ES: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park;

♦ Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm;

♦ R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy: Bethel Tabernacle Church;

♦ River Ridge HS: Georgia Army National Guard;

♦ Sequoyah HS: Corporate Office Furniture & Panels, Inc.;

♦ Sixes ES: Modern Woodmen of America;

♦ Teasley MS: Woodstock City Church;

♦ Tippens EC: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club;

♦ Woodstock ES: Sojourn Community Church;

♦ Woodstock HS: Cherokee Insurance Center;

♦ Woodstock MS: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm;

♦ 2019 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR;

♦ Arnold Mill ES: Cecilia Marin;

♦ Avery ES: Sandy Kreh;

♦ Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Carolyn Timcoe;

♦ Bascomb ES: Jennifer Flannery;

♦ Boston ES: Lori Burton;

♦ Carmel ES: Amy Hagan;

♦ CCSD Preschool Center — Johnston Preschool Center: CCSD Transition Academy;

♦ CCSD Preschool Center — Ralph Bunche Center: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club;

♦ Cherokee HS: Ginny Harden;

♦ Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Denise Mason;

♦ Clayton ES: Susan Williamson;

♦ Creekland MS: Creekland MS PTSA;

♦ Creekview HS: Joe Greene;

♦ Dean Rusk MS: Kathy Tucker;

♦ E.T. Booth MS: Susan Honea;

♦ Etowah HS: Michael Beck;

♦ Free Home ES: Sherry Wallace;

♦ Freedom MS: Theresa Spears;

♦ Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Francisco Quintana;

♦ Hickory Flat ES: Sheila Zeigler;

♦ Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: Catherine Shook;

♦ Indian Knoll ES: Christine Dagostino;

♦ Johnston ES: Khrista Sargenski;

♦ Knox ES STEM Academy: Pam Sheldon;

♦ Liberty ES: Sharmaine Christie;

♦ Little River ES: Scott Steinbrenner;

♦ Macedonia ES: Robin and Alan Wallman;

♦ Mill Creek MS: Mary Ogg;

♦ Mountain Road ES: Heather Crachi;

♦ Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: Katherine Freeman;

♦ R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy: Debra Smith;

♦ River Ridge HS: Roy Blackwell;

♦ Sequoyah HS: Monica Orrico;

♦ Sixes ES: Alyssa Cheek;

♦ Teasley MS: David Harrison.

♦ Tippens EC: Teddye Holloway;

♦ Woodstock ES: Barry White

♦ Woodstock HS: Woodstock HS Band Dads

♦ Woodstock MS: Cynthia Tunon

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